The symptoms of skin rash include itchy skin, red patches, pain and skin irritation. Rashes are caused by many different things, including allergies. Sometimes rashes indicate larger medical problems. Anyone can get a skin rash, though certain genes can make people more likely to get them.

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What are causes of skin rashes?

Some causes of skin rashes are:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria
  • Heat
  • Medications
  • Contact with a chemical, like poison ivy
  • Cosmetics

What are the symptoms of skin rashes?

Some rashes develop immediately, while others show up over several days. Common symptoms of rashes are:

  • Blisters
  • Itching
  • Raised bumps
  • Redness
  • Discolored skin
  • Scaly skin

If the rash is a symptom of another disease, like measles or chickenpox, seek a healthcare provider for treatment.

How are skin rashes treated?

It’s important to determine what caused your rash before you treat it. If the rash is severe, doesn’t go away or you have other symptoms, seek medical care. If you or your child also has a fever or feels ill, seek a healthcare provider. Do not scratch the rash, as this could lead to infection.

Some at-home treatments are:

  • Adding one or two cups of oatmeal to a bath
  • Using lukewarm water instead of hot water
  • Patting skin dry instead of rubbing
  • Avoiding scratching
  • Exposing rash to air often
  • Using mild, gentle cleansers
  • Applying over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream to alleviate itching

If you have heat rash, treat it differently than other skin rashes. Children and babies are particularly susceptible to heat rash, though adults can also get it. Heat rash occurs when sweat glands become blocked. Avoid heat rash by staying clean and dry during warm weather. Heat rash usually clears up on its own, but you can also cool your skin and prevent sweating.

Seek medical attention if you or your child have a skin rash that won’t go away or is causing other symptoms, like a fever. Visit your nearest CareNow® urgent care clinic for diagnosis and treatment.

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