13 May Most Common Rashes
Did you know that the term “rash” isn’t actually a diagnosis? Rashes are a common complaint at Spectrum Dermatology, but a rash really just refers to any inflammation that changes the skin’s appearance. Some of the most common rashes that you may have heard of include eczema, hives, athlete’s foot, and reactions from poison ivy and poison oak.
However, there are umbrella terms for rashes that you might not be as familiar with. Most people don’t really research rashes unless they or a loved one are plagued with one. It’s wise to schedule an appointment with your dermatologist any time your skin looks irregular, but here are a few of the most common types of rashes to be on the lookout for as we swing into summer:
1. Atopic dermatitis. This is the technical term for eczema. It’s most common in children, and it presents as red and itchy, particularly around the elbows and knees. However, eczema can be found anywhere on the body and can happen to adults, too. Those with eczema are also more likely to have asthma or suffer from hay fever.
2. Seborrheic dermatitis. This is by far the most common adult rash. It looks red, scaly, and can be very itchy. You’ll most often find it on the face and ears. In infants, it’s known as cradle cap or can be found in the diaper region. There are medical-grade ointments to relieve the itchiness and help soothe the skin.
3. Contact dermatitis. This is the term for a rash that’s caused by an allergic reaction to something you’ve come into contact with, such as a detergent. The rash is usually “oozy” and will occur close to wherever you touched the allergen. However, it can take hours or even days for a rash to appear, which can make it difficult to figure out what the allergen was. Contact dermatitis is also the kind of rash caused by poison oak, poison ivy, and other plants.
4. Stasis dermatitis. You’ll find this kind of rash on the lower parts of the legs, and most often in those who have poor circulation and chronic swelling.
Schedule a Consultation with Spectrum Dermatology Today for Quick Relief!
No matter the type of rash, know that relief is available. Over-the-counter medications don’t always work and can sometimes make a rash worse. If you have a rash, call Spectrum Dermatology at 480-948-8400 to get relief fast.