Red Patches On Skin

Red Patches On Skin

Getting to the Bottom of Itchy, Scaly, or Burning SkinA skin rash is an area of skin that has become swollen or irritated. Skin rashes can include skin bumps or sores, scaly or red skin, and itchy or burning skin. Skin rashes can be caused by many medical conditions. Some skin rashes occur right away, while others take some time to develop. The location, appearance, and color of a skin rash are all important to help your doctor make the right diagnosis and start the right treatment.If you’re suffering from a skin rash, check out the following images to see if it could be one of the most common. (Warning: A few of the rashes might be a little tough to look at.)
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Red Patches On Skin

A skin rash is an area of skin that has become swollen or irritated. Skin rashes can include skin bumps or sores, scaly or red skin, and itchy or burning skin. Skin rashes can be caused by many medical conditions. Some skin rashes occur right away, while others take some time to develop. The location, appearance, and color of a skin rash are all important to help your doctor make the right diagnosis and start the right treatment.
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Red Patches On Skin

Martin Shields/Alamy Plaque Psoriasis: Red Bumps and Silvery ScalesPlaque psoriasis is the most common form of the skin condition, affecting about 80 percent of psoriasis patients. Usually starting as small red bumps on the skin, plaque psoriasis (shown in the picture) develops into red, raised patches with a silvery, scaly coating — these patches are called plaques. Plaques usually show up on elbows, knees, and the lower back, and they can last for months or even years.
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Red Patches On Skin

Plaque Psoriasis: Red Bumps and Silvery ScalesPlaque psoriasis is the most common form of the skin condition, affecting about 80 percent of psoriasis patients. Usually starting as small red bumps on the skin, plaque psoriasis (shown in the picture) develops into red, raised patches with a silvery, scaly coating — these patches are called plaques. Plaques usually show up on elbows, knees, and the lower back, and they can last for months or even years.
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Red Patches On Skin

Getty Images Dry, Itchy Skin or Psoriasis?Dry, cracked skin is one of the symptoms of psoriasis. However, dry air can also cause your skin to become dry and itchy. When the skin is dry and irritated (as shown), it’s more likely to get infected. Infection may cause your skin to become red and swollen. If you have any skin rashes that keep coming back or won’t go away, see your doctor. Most cases of psoriasis can be diagnosed with a physical examination; but because psoriasis can look like many other skin conditions, a skin biopsy may have to be done to definitively diagnose it.
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Red Patches On Skin

Dry, Itchy Skin or Psoriasis?Dry, cracked skin is one of the symptoms of psoriasis. However, dry air can also cause your skin to become dry and itchy. When the skin is dry and irritated (as shown), it’s more likely to get infected. Infection may cause your skin to become red and swollen. If you have any skin rashes that keep coming back or won’t go away, see your doctor. Most cases of psoriasis can be diagnosed with a physical examination; but because psoriasis can look like many other skin conditions, a skin biopsy may have to be done to definitively diagnose it.
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Red Patches On Skin

Allergic reactions to foods, plants, or irritants can also result in discolored skin patches in various areas of the body. These changes may present as rashes or raised bumps that itch or burn. One common allergy that can cause skin discoloration is eczema. Like certain autoimmune diseases, eczema triggers an immune reaction that attacks the skin. The condition can cause scaly patches and red bumps that ooze or crust over.
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Red Patches On Skin

Thick, red patches of skin covered with white or silvery scales are signs of psoriasis. Doctors know how psoriasis works — your immune system triggers new skin cells to grow too quickly — but they don’t know what causes it.  The patches show up on your scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. They can heal and come back throughout your life.  Treatments include creams and ointments for your skin, light therapy, and medications taken by mouth, injection, or IV.
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4 / 19 Psoriasis Thick, red patches of skin covered with white or silvery scales are signs of psoriasis. Doctors know how psoriasis works — your immune system triggers new skin cells to grow too quickly — but they don’t know what causes it.  The patches show up on your scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. They can heal and come back throughout your life.  Treatments include creams and ointments for your skin, light therapy, and medications taken by mouth, injection, or IV. Swipe to advance
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4 / 19 Psoriasis Thick, red patches of skin covered with white or silvery scales are signs of psoriasis. Doctors know how psoriasis works — your immune system triggers new skin cells to grow too quickly — but they don’t know what causes it.  The patches show up on your scalp, elbows, knees, and lower back. They can heal and come back throughout your life.  Treatments include creams and ointments for your skin, light therapy, and medications taken by mouth, injection, or IV.
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Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of the skin condition, affecting about 80 percent of psoriasis patients. Usually starting as small red bumps on the skin, plaque psoriasis (shown in the picture) develops into red, raised patches with a silvery, scaly coating — these patches are called plaques. Plaques usually show up on elbows, knees, and the lower back, and they can last for months or even years.
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Sunburns and other types of burns can damage your skin, and when these burns heal, there may be scar tissue that isn’t skin-colored. Discolored skin patches can also develop when you apply sunscreen in an incomplete manner, leading to differently tanned parts of your skin. Certain medications can also make your skin more sensitive to the sun, so it is more likely to turn red.
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Various infections can cause localized changes in skin color. Cuts and scrapes may become infected when bacteria enter the wound, resulting in a skin infection. This causes changes in the texture of the skin and turns the surrounding skin red or white. Fungal infections, such as ringworm and tinea versicolor, can also trigger discolored skin patches on various parts of the body.
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Pityriasis rosea (pictured) causes a red skin rash that is scaly and can look like psoriasis. This skin rash is common in children and young adults. It often begins with cold-like symptoms and is followed by red, scaly, and sometimes itchy patches that appear on your back or abdomen. Like psoriasis, this skin rash is not contagious. Doctors do not know the exact cause, but pityriasis rosea may be due to a viral or bacterial infection. You can take medication to relieve the itching, and the rash should go away after a few weeks to months. And unlike psoriasis, this skin rash rarely comes back.
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Alamy Psoriasis Mimic: Pityriasis RoseaPityriasis rosea (pictured) causes a red skin rash that is scaly and can look like psoriasis. This skin rash is common in children and young adults. It often begins with cold-like symptoms and is followed by red, scaly, and sometimes itchy patches that appear on your back or abdomen. Like psoriasis, this skin rash is not contagious. Doctors do not know the exact cause, but pityriasis rosea may be due to a viral or bacterial infection. You can take medication to relieve the itching, and the rash should go away after a few weeks to months. And unlike psoriasis, this skin rash rarely comes back.
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Psoriasis Mimic: Pityriasis RoseaPityriasis rosea (pictured) causes a red skin rash that is scaly and can look like psoriasis. This skin rash is common in children and young adults. It often begins with cold-like symptoms and is followed by red, scaly, and sometimes itchy patches that appear on your back or abdomen. Like psoriasis, this skin rash is not contagious. Doctors do not know the exact cause, but pityriasis rosea may be due to a viral or bacterial infection. You can take medication to relieve the itching, and the rash should go away after a few weeks to months. And unlike psoriasis, this skin rash rarely comes back.
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Dry, cracked skin is one of the symptoms of psoriasis. However, dry air can also cause your skin to become dry and itchy. When the skin is dry and irritated (as shown), it’s more likely to get infected. Infection may cause your skin to become red and swollen. If you have any skin rashes that keep coming back or won’t go away, see your doctor. Most cases of psoriasis can be diagnosed with a physical examination; but because psoriasis can look like many other skin conditions, a skin biopsy may have to be done to definitively diagnose it.
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Skin Rashes Caused by MedicationA drug-induced skin rash can be from an allergic reaction to a drug, a side effect of a drug, or from sensitivity to sunlight caused by a drug. A drug rash can occur right away after taking the drug, or up to several hours later. Types of drug rashes include hive or skin bump eruptions, purple or red skin discoloration, or scaly and thickened areas of skin. This skin condition can occur anywhere on the skin or even inside the mouth. Treatment is to stop taking the drug and manage the symptoms with antihistamines or steroids. In rare cases, drug-induced rashes can be serious or even fatal, so check with your doctor.