Epidermis/skin is the outermost barrier protecting the body from the harmful effects of the outside world. From time to time your skin may develop rash like symptoms. Simply put your skin is being affected by the outside environment and has developed a physical manifestation known as a symptom.
Typically rashes develop due to a skin irritation caused by various irritants. Rashes are not generally serious and typically disappear, in a relatively short period of time, with proper care and use of standard home therapy’s. In cases where a rash does not go away or the skin becomes so irritated that medical care is needed you should consult your skin doctor or dermatologist right away.
Most common rashes are often caused by contact with a substance that irritates the skin this is called contact dermatitis. These types of rashes typically begin within 48 hours of contact with the irritant. Contact dermatitis symptoms include redness of the skin or a rash of small red bumps. More severe symptoms include; swelling, redness, and large blisters. Based on the location of the rash you may be able to determine the cause.
Contact dermatitis may not occur do to contact with an irritant. Once you have had rash symptoms caused by an irritant, a rash can even occur in response to very minimal contact. Contact dermatitis is not considered serious, but can leave you feeling uncomfortable or itchy.
Common irritants that develop contact dermatitis include:
· Some types of Jewelry and fabrics.
· House hold items such as; soaps, detergents, shampoos, perfumes, cosmetics, or lotions.
· Drugs, over the counter and illegal drugs
· Poisonous plants, such as poison ivy or poison oak.
· New tools, toys, appliances, or other objects.
· Allergies to natural rubber or latex can affect people who are exposed to large amounts of rubber products on a daily basis. These Latex reactions can become very severe.
Rashes can be signs of a chronic skin problems, such as acne, eczema, or psoriasis.. Extreme conditions whether hot or cold can also be a cause to skin rashes. Anxiety or high levels of emotion such as frustration or embarrassment are also known to develop skin rash reactions.
Rashes are known to appear after exposure to insect bites or parasites. Rashes may develop when traveling to remote areas.
Rash symptoms can accompany viruses, such as; fungal infections, herpes and other highly transmitted infections. Some rash symptoms can be caused by more serious diseases, like; kidney disease, some forms of skin cancer and liver disease.
Medications have also been known to cause rash like side effects and in very rare cases using sulfa type drugs have been known to cause a large red rash called toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which can cause the skin to dissolve leaving large open areas that ooze similar to a serious burn. If you believe you have this type of rash see a skilled physician immediately.
Medical treatment for rashes depends on the symptoms that are present. If multiple symptoms are present including; shortness of breath, fever, or tightness of the chest or abdomen may be the cause of a serious allergic reaction and immediate medical attention should be sought after. Check your symptoms and compare with what you others may know to determine the direction you should head.