Identify your skin rash

In general, a rash is defined as a change in your skin’s color or texture that is different from normal. When you spot a rash, you probably wonder where it came from. Although your skin does have natural defenses, things like viruses, fungi and parasites can breach those defenses and cause you to break out in a rash.
A number of factors can influence where and how you get a rash. Your age can be a factor, as aging skin is particularly prone to certain skin rashes, such as shingles,
If you’ve examined your rash and you want to gather some more intel before heading off to the doctor, read on to find out about the different types of rashes.
To determine your rash type, consider what it looks like and what you’ve been exposed to such as any new medications, potential irritants or allergens. Then try comparing that information with descriptions of some common rashes, such as:
Heat rash: Small bumps that are either fluid-filled or look like blisters can be a result of heat rash, especially if you’ve been out in the heat, been sweating, and/or wearing tight clothing.
Intertrigo: If you have a bright red rash in moist areas where your skin rubs together (think under your arms, behind your knees, or in other skin folds), you may have intertrigo.
Medicine rash: If a rash suddenly appears after you’ve just started on a new antibiotic, anti-seizure medication or diuretic, you might have a medicine-related rash. This rash starts out as small red splotches that quickly spread to cover large portions of your skin.
Ringworm: Contrary to its name, there are no worms involved here. Instead, this rash is caused by a fungal infection. It looks like an expanding ring, which grows outward.
While rashes themselves are not unusual, some rashes are more common than others are, including the following:
Dermatitis: There are several types of dermatitis, an inflammation of the skin. Atopic dermatitis is a reoccurring condition, so you’ll likely know already if you have this type of rash. Your skin will be itchy and inflamed, particularly in folds of skin like the elbows, knees and neck.
Shingles: If you’ve ever had the chicken pox, then you could get shingles. Once you get over chicken pox, the virus stays in your body and can become active later in life, resulting in shingles. This rash not only gives you blisters, but it also affects the nerves, causing you pain.
Pityriasis rosea: Also known as the Christmas tree rash, pityriasis rosea usually starts in one spot and then sweeps outward, sort of like the aforementioned tree.
Even though they may feel like they’re hanging on forever, particularly if they’re itchy or uncomfortable, all of these rashes tend to be short-lived. But not all rashes are that accommodating, so take an advice with your physician to get rid of rashes permanently.

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