A rash on your body causes redness, itching and general skin irritation. It is often caused by dermatitis and may include scaling of the skin, blisters or hives depending on how severe the reaction is. The most common types of rashes are atopic dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, irritant contact dermatitis, seborrhic dermatitis, and psoriasis. If your rash comes with a fever or muscle aches, seek medical attention immediately as this can be a sign of serious medical illnesses.
How do I know if I have a rash?
- Redness on the skin
- Small bumps
- Pus-filled lesions
- Pink rings on the skin
How can I prevent a rash?
- Avoid contact with allergens such as nickel, poison ivy, and foods such as gluten.
- Keep away from chemicals that have caused a rash before.
- Use soaps that are gentle and scent-free
How can I treat a rash?
Remember: If a rash comes with a fever, body aches, muscle pain or continues spreading seek medical attention immediately.
- A chamomile tea wash will help to alleviate itching and reduce inflammation.
- Olive oil, aloe vera or vitamin E oil can all be applied directly to a rash and will help to control itching, inflammation and irritation.
- Take a bath with a little ground oatmeal. It helps to soothe skin and relieve itching.
- Get plenty of vitamin C. It is an antioxidant and helps to promote quick healing for a number of issues including rashes.
- Don’t scratch! If children are suffering from a rash cover their hands with mittens. Scratching just spreads the irritant and makes the rash worse.
- Keep your skin moisturized.
- Try to control your stress level through things like yoga, massage and meditation. Stress can cause allergic outbreaks like a rash.