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What is a Rash?

A rash is a noticeable change in the color or texture of skin. Skin can become discolored, itchy, bumpy, dry, scaly or other forms of irritation. There are many forms of rashes and reasons for development, including allergic reactions, friction on the skin, over exposure to heat or sun, and autoimmune conditions. To understand how to treat a rash it's important to first identify what is causing the rash. 

Help for a Rash at Bronson

If a rash is causing you concern, discomfort or interrupting your daily life, you can rely upon your local care team at Bronson to provide the relief you need.

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Most Common Rashes

  • Eczema - also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common autoimmune condition. Eczema occurs in people of all ages and causes red, itchy dry spots of skin. While the cause of eczema is unknown it is commonly found in people who have a family history of allergies.  
  • Poison ivy, poison oak and sumac rashes - these plants are found across the United States and cause allergic reactions to those who come in contact with them. 
  • Scabies - scabie mites are microscopic organisms that burrow into the top layer of the skin and lay eggs. This causes intense itching or pimple like formations on the skin. It is commonly caused by large groups of people being in crowded conditions where skin to skin contact occurs often. 
  • Psoriasis - this rash is an autoimmune condition that causes the skin cells to grow at a faster speed than normal. This causes red itchy, scaly patches of skin typically found on elbows, knees and scalps. Most forms of psoriasis come in cycles with flairs ups for a few weeks or months before subsiding. 
  • Tick bites - remove the tick after you've noticed a tick bite. Be sure to carefully remove the whole tick without twisting or yanking, ensuring that the whole tick is removed from your skin. If you notice swelling, joint pain, headaches, or fever after a tick bite contact your primary care provider as ticks can carry germs and diseases such as Lyme Disease. 

Common Causes of a Rash

  • The type of rash you have is often determined by what may have caused it.
  • Rashes are commonly caused by skin inflammation, as a result of an allergic reaction.
  • Rashes can also come from skin disorders as well as autoimmune conditions. If you have sensitive skin, avoid using soaps and lotions with harsh chemicals or fragrances.

Rash Treatment

  • Identify the cause of the rash. Think of what you may have come in contact with or any new foods you may have introduced to your diet.
  • For relief from your rash at home, try applying cold compresses, anti-itch cream or a nonprescription oral medication to reduce pain and swelling.
  • If you can't identify what may be causing the rash or conditions get worse, contact your primary care provider. 

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If you are have persisting or worsening symptoms, or are experiencing a life-threatening condition such as chest pain, trouble breathing or stroke symptoms, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.