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Skin Rashes

Symptoms and treatment of skin rash

Skin rash can be a painful and irritating experience. Whether you suffer from dry skin rash, an allergies skin rash or a viral skin rash, you know that it can be hard to live a regular life when your skin is bothering you.

The appearance of a skin rash can vary, but the symptoms are often quite similar. A rash may be a scaly patch of skin, an infection, or a patch of itchy red bumps. Depending on the type of rash, you may find it localized to a specific area, or it can spread across your entire body.

The first step in dealing with your problem is to get a skin rash diagnosis. You can't fight your itchy skin rash if you don't know what it is!

Dry Skin

Dry skin is simply a lack of moisture; it may be due to your glands' lack of oil production or the result of environmental hazards like harsh chemicals or cold air. Your family history and your diet can also affect the moisture levels in your skin, as can different conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Sometimes dry skin is also a symptom of a medical condition, such as a thyroid problem. If your skin rash comes on suddenly or isn't easily treated, you should consult a doctor to see if this may be the case.

The best way to deal with dry skin is to minimize exposure to extreme temperatures, clean gently with moisturizing cleansers, avoid chemicals and other abrasive elements, and use moisturizing lotion every day.

Allergies and Sensitivities

Skin rash caused by allergies or sensitivities tend to manifest in patches of red, itchy lumps or bumps. Sometimes referred to as dermatitis, this kind of red skin rash is typically caused by exposure to substances such as foods, pollen or molds. Reactions are also common to skin care, hair care and cosmetic products and fragrances. Your doctor can test you for allergies to identify your particular sensitivities.

The best way to avoid allergic skin rashes is to avoid the substances that cause them. You can also take antihistamines to block the release of histamines that cause the rash.

If you suffer from an allergic skin rash you should avoid scratching the area, which actually encourages the release of histamines and makes it worse. You should also avoid heat and alcohol. Soaking in a lukewarm bath may help alleviate the symptoms, and a medicated cream can treat the rash.

If the rash is painful or lasts longer than a day you should consult your physician for prescription medicated creams.

Birth Control Skin Patch Rash

Some women find that the birth control patch causes skin irritations. In most cases this is a reaction to the adhesive used on the patch, rather than the medication itself. However, if you experience rash after applying a birth control patch, you should consult your doctor to make sure that you're not allergic to the medication. In many cases, switching to another method of birth control, such as birth control pills, will be enough.

It's important to pay attention to skin conditions such as rash, as they may be symptoms of a bigger problem.

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