Red Skin Rash

Red Skin Rash

Pityriasis Rosea Pityriasis Rosea is a skin rash that is non-dangerous but may inflict substantial discomfort on some sufferers. Classically, it begins with a single “herald patch” lesion, followed in 1 or 2 weeks by a generalized body rash lasting about 6 weeks. Its etiology is unknown, though it is thought to involve viral infection. It is generally non-contagious, though there have been reports of small epidemics in fraternity houses and military bases.The symptoms of this condition can include an upper respiratory tract infection which may precede all other symptoms in as many as 69% of patients. A single, 2- to 10-cm oval red “herald” patch appears, classically on the abdomen. Occasionally, the “herald” patch may occur in a ‘hidden’ position (in the armpit, for example) and not be noticed immediately. The “herald” patch may also appear as a cluster of smaller oval spots, and be mistaken for acne.7-14 days after the herald patch, large patches of pink or red, flaky, oval-shaped rash appear on the torso. In 6% of cases an inverse distribution may occur, with rash mostly on the extremities. The more numerous oval patches generally spread widely across the chest first, following the rib-line in a characteristic “christmas-tree” distribution. Small, circular patches may appear on the back and neck several days later. It is unusual for lesions to form on the face, but they may appear on the cheeks or at the hairline.About one-in-four people with PR suffer from mild to severe symptomatic itching. The itching is often non-specific, and worsens if scratched. This tends to fade as the rash develops and does not usually last through the entire course of the disease. The rash may be accompanied by low-grade fever, headache, nausea and fatigue.Oral antihistamines or topical steroids may be used to decrease itching. Steroids do provide relief from itching, and improve the appearance of the rash, but they will not speed up the resolution of the rash. While no scarring has been found to be associated with the rash, itching and scratching should be avoided. Irritants such as soap should be avoided, however a gentle skin cleanser may be used, and moisturizers can help to manage over-dryness. Direct sunlight makes the lesions resolve more quickly. According to this principle, medical treatment with ultraviolet light has been used to hasten resolution, though studies disagree whether it decreases itching or not. UV therapy is most beneficial in the first weeks of the eruption.
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Red Skin Rash

Pityriasis Rosea is a skin rash that is non-dangerous but may inflict substantial discomfort on some sufferers. Classically, it begins with a single “herald patch” lesion, followed in 1 or 2 weeks by a generalized body rash lasting about 6 weeks. Its etiology is unknown, though it is thought to involve viral infection. It is generally non-contagious, though there have been reports of small epidemics in fraternity houses and military bases.The symptoms of this condition can include an upper respiratory tract infection which may precede all other symptoms in as many as 69% of patients. A single, 2- to 10-cm oval red “herald” patch appears, classically on the abdomen. Occasionally, the “herald” patch may occur in a ‘hidden’ position (in the armpit, for example) and not be noticed immediately. The “herald” patch may also appear as a cluster of smaller oval spots, and be mistaken for acne.7-14 days after the herald patch, large patches of pink or red, flaky, oval-shaped rash appear on the torso. In 6% of cases an inverse distribution may occur, with rash mostly on the extremities. The more numerous oval patches generally spread widely across the chest first, following the rib-line in a characteristic “christmas-tree” distribution. Small, circular patches may appear on the back and neck several days later. It is unusual for lesions to form on the face, but they may appear on the cheeks or at the hairline.About one-in-four people with PR suffer from mild to severe symptomatic itching. The itching is often non-specific, and worsens if scratched. This tends to fade as the rash develops and does not usually last through the entire course of the disease. The rash may be accompanied by low-grade fever, headache, nausea and fatigue.Oral antihistamines or topical steroids may be used to decrease itching. Steroids do provide relief from itching, and improve the appearance of the rash, but they will not speed up the resolution of the rash. While no scarring has been found to be associated with the rash, itching and scratching should be avoided. Irritants such as soap should be avoided, however a gentle skin cleanser may be used, and moisturizers can help to manage over-dryness. Direct sunlight makes the lesions resolve more quickly. According to this principle, medical treatment with ultraviolet light has been used to hasten resolution, though studies disagree whether it decreases itching or not. UV therapy is most beneficial in the first weeks of the eruption.
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Red Skin Rash

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 Skin Rash

Prickly Heat: A Skin Rash That StingsPrickly heat, or heat rash, causes red skin that stings and itches. Small skin bumps may form as well. Heat rash is caused when sweat gets blocked in your pores. This is a common rash in babies, but can occur at any age. This skin condition tends to form where skin rubs against skin, such as in skin folds of the neck, breasts, groin, and underarms. The best treatment is to cool off, dry off, and reduce friction.
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Red Skin Rash

Intertrigo: A Skin Rash in Body FoldsIntertrigo is a skin condition that occurs in skin folds, under the breasts, on the inner thighs, under armpits, or under belly folds. Chaffing causes a rash of red skin or brown skin that gets infected with yeast or bacteria and becomes raw. The skin rash may ooze and itch. This rash is more common in people who are overweight and in people with diabetes. Treatment involves keeping the areas dry, treating infections, and using steroid creams.
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Red Skin Rash

A rash indicates an abnormal change in skin color or texture. Rashes are usually caused by skin inflammation, which can have many causes. There are many types of rashes, including eczema, granuloma annulare, lichen planus, and pityriasis rosea. Eczema and Your Skin Eczema is a general term that describes several different conditions in which skin is inflamed, red, scaly, and itchy. Eczema is a common skin condition, and atopic dermatitis (also called atopic eczema) is one of the most common forms of eczema. Eczema can occur in adults or children. The condition is not contagious. What Causes Atopic Eczema? The cause of atopic eczema is not known, but the condition often affects people with a family history of allergies. Many individuals with eczema also have hay fever and/or asthma or have family members with those conditions. Some factors can trigger a flare-up of eczema or make eczema worse, but they do not cause the condition. Eczema triggers include stress, skin irritants (including soaps, skin care products, or some fabrics), allergens, and climate/environment. What Are the Symptoms of Atopic Eczema? The appearance of eczema can vary from person to person. In adults, eczema occurs most frequently on the hands and elbows, and in “bending” areas such as the inside of the elbows and back of the knees. In young children, eczema is often seen on the elbows, knees, face, neck, and scalp. Signs and symptoms of atopic eczema include: Itchiness Skin redness Dry, scaly, or crusted skin that might become thick and leathery from long-term scratching Formation of small, fluid-filled blisters that might ooze when scratched Infection of the areas where the skin has been broken How Is Atopic Eczema Diagnosed? Atopic eczema usually is diagnosed with an analysis of a person’s history of symptoms and with an exam of the skin. A doctor might test an area of scaly or crusted skin to rule out other skin diseases or infections. How Is Atopic Eczema Treated? Atopic eczema can be treated with medications, including over-the-counter creams and ointments containing the steroid hydrocortisone (for example, Cortizone-10, Cort-Aid, Dermarest Eczema, Neosporin Eczema). These products may help control the itching, swelling, and redness associated with eczema. Prescription-strength cortisone creams, as well as cortisone pills and shots, are also used for more severe cases of eczema.
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Red Skin Rash

Impetigo: A Skin Rash Caused by BacteriaImpetigo is a rash caused by a skin infection, usually traced to one of two bacteria, group A streptococcus or Staphylococcus aureus. This skin rash appears as brown, crusty sores or blisters around the nose or mouth area. The rash is very itchy and very contagious. Scratching the rash and then touching other areas of the body, or other people, will cause it to spread. Treatment of impetigo is with antibiotic creams or lotions, and for more severe cases, with oral antibiotics.

Red Skin Rash