Skin is the part of the body that is the most and directly exposed to the outer world. It can be said that skin is one of the indicators of health and the condition of your skin can tell if you are totally healthy or not. Of course it does not apply to all of the conditions but most of them. When we are our skin gets pale. Also, many diseases have their specific characteristic effects on the skin. One such skin condition is skin rash.
A rash generally is the change in the skin condition, which affects its colour or texture and its overall appearance. A rash may affect locally one part of the body or whole of the body skin. Rashes can cause the skin to become red, blister, dry, chapped, cracked, bumpy, etc. Rashes can also be painful. There are many types of skin rashes. Rashes can be caused by many different factors. Proper diagnosis by the doctor can reveal the cause of the rash and other symptoms. The presence of rash can be an indicator of the presence of some harmful disease that may be causing it.
Common causes of rash on skin are allergies, anxiety, skin irritants, infections, friction, irritation, menstruation, etc. If a person is allergic to a specific food then consuming that food also can cause rashes on his skin. Also, dust and chemicals can irritate the skin and cause the skin to become red. Some disease also can result into rashes. Measles, chicken pox, fifth disease are some of the disease which cause their own type of unique characteristic rashes. Fifth disease causes rash which look like streaks. Chicken pox causes rashes all over the body. Rashes may be caused due to viral, bacterial or fungal illness.
Some illnesses cause skin rashes that itch. Eczema or atopic eczema is a skin condition in which the skin becomes itchy and dry. Scarlet fever in children also causes rashes that itch. The treatment for the rashes is to leave them alone and treat the underlying disease instead which is causing the rash. Applying lotion to the rashes can help with the problem of itching. Also the rashes shouldn’t be scratched as it can cause damage to the skin.
Most of the rashes don’t need any specific treatment and they go away on their own. However, when you notice any rash you should consult the doctor as the rash could be an indicator of an illness. Also, if any rash persists for more than four weeks, even then it can be a medical urgency and you should seek medical help immediately.