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5 Common Skin Rashes and How to Treat Them

It is important to know that there are some skin rashes that are more common than others. These rashes may appear on the bodies of both adults and children. Understanding why these rashes occur in the first place and knowing what can be done to treat them may help you and your family prevent their occurrence in the future.

Eczema

Eczema is a type of skin rash that commonly affects children. Adults may suffer from the skin condition, but it’s far more common in children under the age of 5 years old. Those with eczema often experience dry patches on different parts of the body. These patches may appear on the arms, legs, thighs, and even on the face. The patches are often red and itchy, causing major irritation. Treatment consists of seeing a dermatologist who can come up with a customized treatment plan. There are topical ointments, injections, and even oral medications available to treat this type of rash.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a rash that often develops on the skin after a person comes in contact with a specific product or object that has caused a bad reaction. After encountering the product or object, an individual may experience redness, irritation, and even blistering of the skin. A person with contact dermatitis may not need treatment, but would need to stay away from whatever it was that initially caused the irritation in the first place.

Shingles

The shingles rash is something that often appears on older adults. It’s the kind of rash that can develop on anyone who has ever had chickenpox. If you’ve had chickenpox at some point in your life, there’s always a possibility you’ll end up with shingles in the distant future. This rash is often painful to deal with and it does take a few weeks to go away on its own. In the meantime, those with shingles may ease the discomfort by soaking in an oatmeal bath.

The Christmas Tree Rash

Someone who develops this type of rash may notice random red patches appearing on different parts of their body. The rash is often found on the back, but it may appear on other parts of the body and could be triggered by a viral infection. The good news is that it’s not as itchy as some of the other rashes, but it’s still irritating to deal with because it’s noticeable. A steroid cream may be prescribed to treat the rash, but it will usually go away in a matter of weeks.

Swimmer’s Itch

Some people experience a rash known as swimmer’s itch after they’ve finished swimming in a lake. It’s not something you’ll normally get from swimming in a traditional pool with chlorine. The rash develops when someone encounters parasites that live in the water where they’re swimming. Blisters would normally start to appear on the legs, arms, and other areas of the body.

If you’re experiencing any of these uncomfortable rashes and need assistance, don’t be afraid to reach out to Windsor Dermatology for assistance. Give us a call at 609-443-4500 to find out more about treatment options for assorted skin rashes.

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