SKIN RASH - Watsons Health

SKIN RASH

A rash is a noticeable change in the texture or color of your skin. Your skin may become scaly, bumpy, itchy, or otherwise irritated. There are numerous causes for rashes, including: allergies, medications, cosmetics, certain diseases (such as chickenpox and measles).

Symptoms:

  • Increasing pain or discoloration in the rash area
  • Tightness or itchiness in the throat
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of the face or extremities
  • Fever of 100.4°F or higher
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Severe head or neck pain
  • Repeated vomiting or diarrhea

Most contact rashes can be treated at home, but it depends on the cause. The following guidelines may be followed in order to soothe or relieve symptoms of skin rash:

  • Use mild, gentle cleansers instead of scented bar soaps.
  • Use warm water instead of hot water for washing your skin and hair.
  • Pat the rash dry instead of rubbing it.
  • Let the rash breathe. If it’s possible, avoid covering it with clothing.
  • Stop using new cosmetics or lotions because they may have triggered the rash.
  • Apply unscented moisturizing lotion to areas affected by eczema.
  • Avoid scratching the rash because doing so can make it worse and could lead to infection.

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