Rash Rash may feel like a bizarre, dermatological version of Body Snatchers invasion. Her skin is unhappy for some reason, and instead of doing the polite thing – feeling out TF – it will express his displeasure. Courageous Meet your new rash.
A rash generally indicates that your skin is inflamed in some way, Joshua Zeichner a New York City-based dermatologist and head of dermatology cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center, tells SELF. By and large, this means that your skin manifests an immune system reaction to something that your body considers harmful to your health. However, there are so many different types of rashes that it can be difficult to tell what is going on with your skin. Dermatologists to the rescue! Here are some questions that can help you understand what's behind your rash – and what to do next.
. 1 Is your rash itchy?
Itching is a very common side effect of all types of rashes, so it is unlikely that you will find out on the basis of this symptom alone. However, some rashes do not normally itch, so it's still a good question to ask.
An example is the rash, which can lead to angioedema. This skin condition is related to the itchy, tall welts you may know as hives, but it starts deeper under the skin, explains the Mayo Clinic . While hives are known to be itchy, in the Mayo Clinic's opinion angioedema is more likely to cause large, red welts that feel painful or warm. If you are baffled because you have "hives" that do not itch, this can be a potential cause.
Even if your rash itches, the peculiarities can help you to limit the causes. For example, piles of tiny, itchy bumps or pimples around hair follicles may indicate a disease known as folliculitis . If you have an itchy rash coming and going in the same area, Dr. Draftsman, your doctor might suspect an atopic dermatitis (often called simply eczema ), a common and chronic skin condition that causes itching and inflammation.
. 2 Does it have a clear edge?
If your rash has a clear edge, an intersection, or a pattern, the cause is likely to be something external that affects your skin, MD Misha A. Rosenbach, a lecturer in dermatology at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine, tells SELF. This is in contrast to something internal, such as an underlying medical condition, which is less likely to result in a well-defined rash.
This can be done by something like irritating contact dermatitis or by slightly igniting the top layer of your skin, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (19459032) (AAD). Common irritants are nickel, plants such as poison ivy and harsh cleansers such as bleach. (There is also allergic contact dermatitis, that is, when your immune system loses this in response to something that touches your skin.)
A truly remarkable example is phytophotodermatitis or chemicals in a plant or in a plant Plant The herbal substance interacts with sunlight and leads to a superficial skin burn, says dr. Rosenbach. If you squeeze something like oranges for fresh orange juice, spend a day in the sun. You may notice a painful, irregular skin rash on the hands, reminding you of where the juice is touching you, possibly along with swelling and blistering.
. 3 Is your rash burning?
This can help to narrow things down a bit. "There are not so many rashes that cause a burning sensation," says Dr. Signatory. When your skin breaks, you usually have a burning sensation.
If your skin is reddened, has become inflamed, and burns, first check that you have no cut injury or actual skin burning. If it really looks like you have a burning rash, Dr. Draftsman, you could deal with something like Shingles .
Shingles happened due to a varicella-zoster virus infection, Mayo Clinic . (This virus is also responsible for chickenpox, and it can slumber in your system for years.) First, shingles usually causes uncomfortable sensations such as pain, burning, numbness, and tingling. After a few days, a rash of blisters appears, typically on the left or right side of the abdomen, but occasionally around an eye or a small part of the neck or face.
Herpes is another possible cause of burning rashes. When herpes appears around your genitals, it can start as tiny red bumps or white blisters that eventually burst and leak fluid, and then to the Mayo Clinic . When it comes to your mouth, this virus can lead to tiny patches of blisters that you know as cold sores, explains the Mayo Clinic . In any case, you may experience severe burns, itching, tingling, pain and other unpleasant symptoms.
. 4 Is it a bubble?
As you may know, after trying to break into a pair of shoes blisters often occur because the skin rubs on something or your tender epidermis is over-pressurized US National Library of Medicine . Unfortunately, they also happen because of skin conditions. In fact, blisters can often bead because of dermatological problems because a long list of conditions can cause this symptom.
A blistered rash could be due to eczema . irritant or allergic contact dermatitis, shingles and herpes. This may also be due to a skin infection such as cellulitis that occurs when bacteria (common streptococcus or staphylococcus ) penetrate your body through a crack in the skin , In addition to blisters, your skin may be red, swollen, warm, painful, and otherwise give signs that something is wrong.
. 5 Is your rash flaky?
In a perfect world, your skin cells will naturally bend when their job is done and shed them so that new healthy cells can rise to the surface. (Funny fact after AAD : The human body usually sheds 30,000 to 40,000 old skin cells daily.) But sometimes this process does not go as smoothly as it should.
"Certain rashes can appear flaky because this natural exfoliation process is affected," Dr. Robinson. This is usually because your old skin cells are not falling properly or your skin is overproducing new cells, she explains. This may be the case with eczema discussed above and psoriasis . This chronic disease can be present in several ways, but the most common – plaque psoriasis – causes thick, raised, dry, flaky patches on the skin, explains the Mayo Clinic .
. 6 Have you had this rash before?
The answer to this question can help you and your doctor find out what causes the rash. In some cases, chronic skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis are to blame, says dr. Signatory. But repeated rashes can also be a sign that the skin is affected by continued contact with something external.
For example, if you find that you get a rash while wearing a particular necklace, you may be allergic to a skin such as Nickel .
. 7 Have you recently tried a new cosmetic?
Contact dermatitis occurs frequently in response to products such as soap, lotion, and make-up, Dr. Robinson. Ask yourself if you've added something new to your routine, but keep in mind this tricky fact: you can apply this reaction to certain products even if you've been using them for a long time . Sometimes your body needs many exposures to show signs of irritant or allergic contact dermatitis.
If you suffer from eczema that can cause sensitive skin (or you generally have sensitive skin), you are more prone to developing rashes in response to what you apply to your face and body. If you do not feel that you have a skin condition and suspect that the products you are using may be causing your rash, contact dermatitis is probably the cause.
. 8 Could it be related to the heat?
They can cause a heat rash that occurs at hotter temperatures, explains the Mayo Clinic . This happens when your sweat ducts are clogged and moisture gets trapped under the skin.
A mild rash may cause you to have a superficial, superficial area of blister on the skin. Mayo Clinic says. Other cases can include prickly, itchy red bumps, pus-filled sacs, and hard, skin-colored lesions that look very goose bumps. Fortunately, the rash usually disappears after a few days, keeping your skin cool and away from the heat. However, you should call your doctor if it lasts longer or appears to be worsening, the Mayo Clinic
] Heat can also exacerbate some skin conditions such as rosacea . This health problem causes reddened facial skin and sometimes acne-like bumps. "Rosacea is a condition in which the skin on the face is particularly sensitive to the environment and too responsive to triggers such as spicy foods, emotional stress, alcohol and heat," says Dr. Signatory.
. 9 Do you have fever?
If you have a fever in addition to your rash, it's a good idea to be examined by a doctor, Dr. Rosenbach. According to a Mayo Clinic there could be a serious allergic reaction to something like a drug. This combination of symptoms could also indicate an infection such as shingles, mononucleosis, or even measles according to AAD .
Do not hesitate to ask your doctor for "just" a rash.
You know your body best. If a symptom feels so strong that you are tempted to see a doctor, this is a sign that you should probably consult a doctor.
In addition, even if you go through all the above questions it can be difficult to rash on your own. Fortunately, dermatologists are very familiar with rashes. When you see that you come one step closer to leaving your rash behind.