22 Mar Most Common Rashes in Arizona
A rash, by definition, is a change in the texture and/or color of your skin. Rashes are one of the most common reasons that patients book an appointment with Spectrum Dermatology, and getting a diagnosis for your specific type of rash is critical to quick treatment. There are many kinds of rashes, so you need to work with a dermatologist to determine the type of rash and its cause. Some rashes are accompanied by skin that is itchy, scaly, bumpy, and generally irritated.
Flea bites are easily confused with rashes, and you’ll typically find them on the feet and lower parts of the legs. Flea bites present as a red bump circled by a red halo and they are usually quite itchy (especially right after the bite). Fifth disease is another type of rash, usually found in children (though adults can also struggle with it). It presents as bright red, round cheeks and you might notice a lace-like pattern rash on the lips and/or upper body that is especially prevalent after a bath or shower. Fifth disease can also cause symptoms similar to the flu like headaches, a sore throat, fever, nausea, and a runny nose.
What’s This Rash?
Rosacea is actually a chronic skin condition that has flare-ups. There is no cure for rosacea, but there are means of reducing flare-ups by avoiding triggers. Working with a dermatologist to identify your unique triggers is key, and common triggers include alcohol, spicy food, and sunlight. There are four types of rosacea, each with varying symptoms, but all types of rosacea often present with a flushed look as well as dryness and raised red bumps.
There is also impetigo, a common condition in small children. You’ll notice a rash-like appearance on the lower half of the face. This could be coupled with blisters that are easy to pop (although don’t do so intentionally) and filled with a fluid. If these blisters do pop accidentally, a crust that is similar to honey will form.
Ringworm is a type of rash that presents as scaly, round, and with a raised border. In many cases, the skin in the center of the ring looks perfectly healthy, but the edges can expand outward. Ringworm is very itchy, but also very easy to treat when it is correctly diagnosed.
However, one of the most common types of rashes is contact dermatitis. This is a rash that appears when you have been in contact with something you are allergic to. It can be difficult to trace your unique allergens because rashes can appear anywhere and may form immediately after contact with the allergen, or it might take hours or even days to be seen. This type of rash has a visible border and is usually red, raw, scaly, and very itchy. You may develop oozy, crusty blisters, too.
Help for Your Rashes
Allergic eczema is another chronic condition that can be easily confused with other types of rashes by non-professionals. It can look similar to a burn and is often found on the arms and hands. It is also raw, itchy, scaly, and red in many cases and can develop oozing blisters. Regular eczema is another condition, though it is often yellow in appearance and can cause hair loss at the site of the rash.
There’s also hand-foot-and-mouth disease, another condition that typically affects younger children. It has a somewhat unique appearance with red blisters in and around the mouth and/or on the palms and soles of the feet. In some cases, blisters can also occur on the genital area and buttocks. These blisters are very painful, but treatment is available.
Psoriasis is a common condition that often presents on the scalp, lower back, knees, and elbows. It can be itchy or not, and unlike red rashes it is often silver colored with very defined edges. Scaly and in patches, psoriasis is not dangerous and sometimes not even uncomfortable, but it can affect self-esteem so it is important to get treatment.
These are just a few of the types of rashes that you or your children might struggle with. From chickenpox to measles, there are many types of rashes and it is never a good idea to try to self-diagnose. Instead, work with the team at Spectrum Dermatology for a fast and correct diagnosis—and treatment. Book your appointment online today.