Skin rashes can be itchy, painful, embarrassing, and even scarring, both physically and emotionally. There are countless rashes that commonly affect people of all ages; it would be impossible to discuss them all in one blog post. Instead, let’s take a look at some of the most common skin rashes and how you can care for them.
Sensitive Skin Rash
Sensitive skin types are very prone to chronic rashes, such as rosacea, eczema, and psoriasis. These rashes are exacerbated by external aggressors, but are generally part of the sufferer’s day-to-day life. These rashes have very similar characteristics, such as dryness, scaling, redness, and itching. There are many different types of treatment for each rash, but one thing they have in common is that moisturizing is extremely important.
Applying a daily, irritant-free body lotion to the affected areas will greatly decrease symptoms, leading the skin to look and feel healthier. In addition, sensitive skin rashes can be reduced and prevented by limiting exposure to irritants such as chemical laundry detergent, harsh weather conditions, fragranced body care products, and chemical cleaners.
Many rashes are caused by an allergic reaction to a natural or chemical substance. These rashes include poison oak rash, allergy to skin care ingredients, food allergy, heat/sun overexposure, or even sensitivity to fabrics and materials such as latex. These rashes are best helped by avoiding contact with the allergy-causing substance.
If you suspect an allergy-related rash and aren’t sure what caused it, you’ll need to look back and consider all of the possibilities, such as detergent, food, or environmental aggressors. Over the course of the next few days or even weeks, begin re-introducing the allergens. When you find that one causes the rash again, you’ve found your culprit! If you find that your rash is caused by a certain chemical or food, you’ll need to make sure to check each similar product for the offending component. Do note, however, that if your rash seems to be caused by a new (or even familiar) medication, call your doctor!
In the meantime, allergy rashes can be calmed in the same way as a chronic rash. Using a moisturizing cream will help soothe the skin, while an anti-itch cream will help to greatly reduce discomfort. If your skin is too sensitive to tolerate some of the heavier-duty creams, using something simple like witch hazel may provide comfort without exacerbating the condition.
A viral rash is a rash related to an illness. These rashes include chickenpox rash, roseola, measles, flu rash, and similar diseases. These rashes are simply a symptom of the illness, and need more care than a topical cream. If you suspect a viral rash, be sure to visit your doctor so that he or she can determine the cause and proceed with treatment.
Please note that these rash tips are not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. If you are experiencing a persistent skin rash that does not begin to heal with logical precautions, call your doctor.