Discovering a skin rash can be disconcerting. Rashes can cause itching, swelling, and discomfort: and, in some cases, they can even be a sign of a more serious health condition. If you or your child are experiencing a breakout and you don’t know why, it is usually advisable to seek medical council, depending on the severity. This will allow you to discover the cause of the rash and to pursue an appropriate course of treatment. In this article, we will briefly cover nine of the most common causes of skin rashes.
1. Seborrheic Dermatitis. This is one of the most common causes of rashes in adults–and, unfortunately, its exact causes are a mystery. It is clear that these rashes are to some extent related to stress, diet, and lifestyle, however–and seborrheic dermatitis tends to clear up within a few days.
2. Eczema. Eczema is a chronic skin condition that affects millions of Americans. It is especially common in children, however, it can be present in populations of all ages. If you have eczema, a dermatologist can help you identify and avoid potential breakout triggers.
3. Contact Dermatitis. These rashes are caused by exposure to a harmful substance. The most common example of this is poison ivy; however, more harmful chemicals can also cause this condition. Treatment will vary based upon cause.
4. Diaper Rash. This condition can become quite severe for many poor babies, so it is important to always be vigilant and to take action if a rash begins to arise.
5. Stasis Dermatitis. These rashes are associated with poor circulation, and tend to occur in people over the age of fifty.
6. Drug-related eruptions. Antibiotics are the most common culprit, though a variety of other drugs could be at fault for a breakout of rashes. If you recently began taking a new medication and subsequently broke out, the medicine could very well be the cause.
7. Hives. These red, raised, itchy bumps are caused by a variety of factors–from stress to diet to medication. They are particularly common in children. They generally do not last long, and they typically do not have any lasting impact.
8. Heat Rash. Caused by clogged sweat glands, heat rash can be downright miserable. The best treatment, as you might imagine, is moving to a cooler location. Showering (in cool water) can also help.
9. Viral Infections. In some cases, viral infections can cause rashes: chickenpox is the most common example of this. If you suspect that a viral infection is the cause of your rash, seek medical attention.
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