Do you have itchy, dry, red skin? You may have a rash. A rash describes any sort of inflammation or discoloration of the skin. While unpleasant, rashes are not uncommon. There are many causes of rashes and no one rash is the same. Even though rashes are common, there are certain instances when rashes require immediate medical attention. Because of this, this article is going to serve as a brief guide to rashes.
Common Types of Rashes
There are many different types of rashes that affect both children and adults. Let's discuss a few common types of rashes and the symptoms that are generally associated with them.
Seborrheic dermatitis: This rash is the most common rash seen in adults. It is associated with a red scaling and itchy patch usually seen on the scalp, forehead, cheeks, and even the ears.
Contact dermatitis: When someone comes into contact with a substance that irritates their skin, this rash may occur. This irritation may be due to the substance itself or the fact that the patient is allergic to said substance. This rash may be oozy and will be seen on the area that came in contact with the substance.
Heat rash During times of hot, humid weather, a rash that looks like a cluster of acne or small blisters may be seen. This type of rash is commonly seen on the neck, chest, and in elbow or knee creases.
Hives: This rash tends to recur on a regular basis, depending on the cause of the red itchy bumps. Hives generally show up suddenly and go away just as quickly.
Psoriasis: Generally, this rash is seen on the scalp, knees, or elbows. It produces red bumps that cause flakes of skin to fall off.
When to Seek Medical Care for a Rash
Usually, most minor rashes won't require extensive medical help. Some rashes may require ointment or other minor treatment methods that can help the rash heal and alleviate itching. However, some rashes may need emergency room care. In any of the following situations, emergency room care may be necessary:
- Painful rashes
- Rashes that spread quickly
- Infants with rashes
- Throat or lip swelling
- Difficulty breathing
- Rashes with a high fever
Additionally, if someone notices a rash shortly after taking a new medicine or consuming a new food or drink, emergency room care may be needed because the rash may be a symptom of an allergic reaction.
A rash can be diagnosed by many features. These identifying features may include things like the density, color, shape, size, consistency, and temperature of the rash. For particular rashes, laboratory tests or procedures may be necessary to identify the cause.
So while rashes are common, it's important to know when a rash is not normal. It's always a good idea to visit an urgent care center if a rash doesn't go away after a few days. Fortunately, 85% of urgent care clinics provide medical services seven days a week. This means rashes can be treated quickly and efficiently. But remember to seek more immediate treatment if the rash has any of the dangerous symptoms discussed in this article.