All About Rashes

“Rash” is not a specific diagnosis, but a catch-all description for a whole range of skin irritations. “Rash” describes any outbreak of skin inflammation and discoloration that changes the way skin looks and feels. Rashes result from a whole litany of causes:

  • Infections (viral, bacterial, and fungal)
  • Exposure to insects or parasites
  • Skin contact with an allergen
  • As a side effect of some medications
  • Extreme heat, or dry cold weather
  • Emotional stress

Some rashes are indicative of other chronic skin ailments, like acne or psoriasis. There is also diaper rash, which affects infants who wear dirty diapers too long.

Treating Rashes

Most rashes are not serious, and come and go with the need for a doctor’s treatment. Many times, rashes can be eased with anti-itch creams, antihistamines, and moisturizing lotions. If you have a rash that isn’t responding to any of these methods of treatment, you should contact a dermatologist.