Common Summertime Rashes - Bronson Healthcare

Published on May 04, 2015

Common Summertime Rashes

5 types of rashes and ways to avoid them this summer. #healthyliving #summerfun #hiking #camping

Summertime in Michigan means beautiful days spent lounging on the beach or hiking in one of our many great state parks. It also means opening yourself up to possible skin irritants and unwanted rashes.

Bronson FastCare offers these tips to help protect your skin—your body’s largest organ—this summer. Here are some common summertime rashes and the symptoms you should look out for.

Poison Ivy

  • What is it?
    Poison ivy grows as vines or low shrubs in most climates. Each leaf on a poison ivy plant has three smaller leaflets. Contact with any part of the poison ivy plant can cause a skin rash reaction. 
  • What are some of the symptoms?
    Some of the symptoms that might accompany the rash are:
    • Red, swollen skin
    • Blisters
    • Itchy skin

Ragweed

  • What is it?
    Ragweed plants typically bloom in in late summer/early fall. Ragweed pollen can cause hay fever (allergic rhinitis) and a rash for those who are sensitive to it.
  • What are some of the symptoms? 
    Some of the symptoms that might accompany the rash are:
    • Small bumps
    • Blisters
    • Itchy skin
    • Minor to mild discomfort

Heat Rush

  • What is it?
    Heat rash or prickly heat develops when the sweat ducts become blocked and perspiration is trapped under your skin.
  • What are some of the symptoms? 
    Some of the symptoms that might accompany the rash are:
    • Red clustered bumps
    • Itchy skin
    • Mild discomfort

Swimmer's Itch

  • What is it?
    Swimmer's itch is an itchy rash caused by certain parasites that normally live on waterfowl and freshwater snails. On warm, sunny days — especially in calm freshwater lakes or ponds — these parasites can be released into the water. While you swim, the parasites might burrow into your skin and then die.
  • What are some of the symptoms? 
    Some of the symptoms that might accompany the rash are:
    • Red raised spots
    • Itchy skin
    • Mild discomfort

Lyme Disease

  • What is it?
    Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by a tick. The rash begins as a small, red bump that appears after a tick bite. Over the next few days, the redness expands and might resemble a bull's-eye.
  • What are some of the symptoms? 
    Some of the symptoms that might accompany the rash are:
    • Fever
    • Fatigue
    • Headache

*Source: webmd.com

If something is making you itch Bronson FastCare is here to help. Whether its allergies, insect bites, rash or a bad sunburn our qualified healthcare providers can help you get relief fast. Bronson FastCare is located at 5121 S. Westnedge Ave., inside Meijer, in Portage, Mich. We’re open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more.


Bronson FastCare provides a wide range of treatments and services. It’s about getting help when you’re sick or itchy – with little or no wait, for one low price. Click here for more information on our other urgent care and emergency department locations in the Battle Creek, Kalamazoo and Paw Paw areas.

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