5 Types of Common Skin Rashes and How to Treat Them

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Understanding the Symptoms and Causes of Skin Rashes 

When it comes to skin problems, identifying the type of skin rash is crucial to determine the appropriate treatment. Here are some of the symptoms and causes of the five most common skin rashes:

  • Eczema is characterized by redness, itching, dryness, and flaking. The affected area may also have small bumps that can ooze fluid. It’s often caused by genetics or harsh chemicals in skincare products. However, stress can also trigger eczema flare-ups.
  • Contact dermatitis is an itchy and red skin rash that appears when your skin comes into contact with a substance that triggers an allergic reaction or irritation. Common causes include exposure to poison ivy or certain metals like nickel or gold.
  • Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that causes raised red patches with silvery scales. It often affects the elbows, knees, scalp, and lower back. Psoriasis has a genetic component, but several triggers can worsen its symptoms like stress, infections, and injury to the skin.
  • Rosacea is a common skin problem on the face causing facial flushing, redness or pimple-like bumps. It typically affects adults over 30 years old with fair skin types. The exact cause of rosacea is unknown but certain triggers like sun exposure, alcohol intake and spicy foods can trigger flare-ups.
  • Hives are characterized by raised red welts that can appear anywhere on the body. They’re often caused by an allergic reaction to food or medication but can also be triggered by stress or infection.

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