Many people have experienced a rash characterized by dry, itchy, or blotchy skin at one time or another. But did you know that rashes also appear as blotches, welts or blisters, depending on the cause? Skin rashes may stem from anything from heat to allergic reactions to immune system disorders to infections or the side effects of certain medications. If you have a rash and aren’t sure how to treat it, you should call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL.
While this is not an exhaustive list, some of the most common types of rashes include:
Eczema: Itchy patches of skin that are rough, red, and leathery and that may ooze or flake. This type of rash most often appears on the hands, feet, ankles neck, upper body, or limbs.
Pityriasis rosea: This rash usually looks like an itchy, scaly patch on your chest, abdomen, or back. As it spreads, additional patches pop up and may eventually create a pattern resembling a Christmas tree on your back.
Contact Dermatitis: Some cleaning products or industrial chemicals can cause a dry, scaly rash that is not itchy. Meanwhile, exposure to allergens such as latex, rubber, nickel, or poison ivy can sometimes trigger an extremely itchy rash that may be red and include bumps or blisters. If you aren’t sure what is causing your contact dermatitis, the specialists at the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL can help!
Rosacea: Redness on your face, which may be accompanied by red or puss-filled bumps, could be rosacea, a chronic skin condition that can affect adults.
Shingles: Before a shingles rash, a section of your skin usually feels itchy or painful for no apparent reason. Then the rash appears as red blisters, revealing the cause.
Ringworm: A ring-shaped rash that is raised, itchy, red, and scaly could result from a fungal infection called ringworm. Over time, the ring expands.
Psoriasis: If you have rough skin and a sudden outbreak of thick, silvery scales and red patches that itch and cause pain, you may have psoriasis. This condition is caused by extra skin cells.
Heat rash: A heat rash can either appear as clusters of small, red, stinging bumps or as clear blisters that are not accompanied by any other symptoms.
Drug rash: Drug rashes can appear within the first few days of taking a new medication. These rashes are red spots that potentially can spread and merge. Rarely, these rashes are accompanied by a life-threatening allergic reaction that affects the respiratory system and other organs.
While many of these rash-inducing conditions may go away with over-the-counter medications or no treatments at all, some will return or could pose serious health risks. If you have a rash that you aren’t sure how to treat, call the Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale FL at 954-526-3310 and make an appointment with one of our doctors.