What are Rashes?

Rashes are a common skin problem that affects many people. They can appear as redness, small bumps, hives, or blisters and may cause itching, swelling, and pain.

Causes of Rashes

Allergens, irritants, fungi, viruses, or autoimmune responses can cause rashes. While most rashes are mild and temporary, some require dermatologic treatment to alleviate symptoms.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs when the skin reacts to chemicals or foods. Common triggers include detergents, soaps, perfumes, makeup, and plants like poison ivy. Testing can identify specific allergens.

Medication-Induced Rashes

Some medications, including those for high cholesterol, blood pressure, or antibiotics, can cause rashes as a side effect. It's essential to monitor for skin reactions when starting new medications.

Fungal and Viral Rashes

Fungal infections like athlete's foot or ringworm and viral illnesses like shingles, chicken pox, or herpes can cause rashes. Pityriasis rosea is another viral rash with distinct symptoms.

Autoimmune and Cancerous Rashes

Rashes can be caused by autoimmune diseases like lupus, psoriasis, and eczema, as well as skin cancers like squamous cell carcinoma. These conditions require careful management and dermatologic care.

Seeking Treatment

for new patients

for existing patients

If you have a persistent or concerning rash, seek professional help.

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