Skin Rashes: Symptoms & Causes

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Skin rashes are a common complaint that can occur due to a variety of reasons including a change in weather, clothing, or due to an underlying health condition in the body.

What are Skin Rashes?

Skin rashes are a group of spots that can be characterized by reddened, warm, painful areas of skin at the site of inflammation. They can occur at a single spot on the body or spread over a vast area. Medically known as dermatitis, rashes can be itchy, painful, and caused by various reasons even when all rashes might look the same to the naked eye.

Symptoms of Skin Rash

Even though the causes of a skin rash can be numerous, rashes can be easily identified by its appearance. Some of the symptoms of skin rashes are mentioned below:

  • Redness
  • Warmth
  • Pain
  • Rough in texture or bumps
  • Itching at the affected site
  • Burning sensation
  • Thickened skin
  • Cracked and oozing skin
  • Dry skin
  • Skin is scaly and sheds during winter

Skin rashes on body

Causes of Skin Rashes

A body rash or skin rash is characterized by changes in the skin’s natural texture, color, and appearance. According to the University of Virginia Health System, body rash may be the result of various physiological conditions within the body. Usually, when body rash appears, it is due to contact with clothes, chemicals, jewelry, drugs, cosmetics, detergents, soaps or perfumes. It is often allergic in nature and hereditary factors are involved in the manifestation of rashes over the skin.

However, other factors like cold weather, tuberculosis, measles, leprosy, streptococcal infections, and many other disorders may also be involved in contributing to skin rash. Stress, or irritating the skin by scratching or rubbing it constantly, are also causes. It could also spread if you come in contact with someone already suffering from rashes.

While your first instinct might be going for some over-the-counter antihistamines, if the skin rash is painful, itchy, dry, blistering, hurting, or spreading quickly, it is best to consult a dermatologist at the earliest.

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Prachee is a content writer and her focus has been health, science, and technology. She prides herself on being able to seamlessly dabble from one subject to another. She also fancies herself a poet and a cook, when the rare lightning of inspiration strikes.

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