What Is a Rash?
The term “rash” can refer to a wide array of skin conditions, but it generally refers to a visible, noticeable change in your skin, particularly in color and/or texture, which may be characterized by skin that’s itchy, scaly, bumpy, swollen, inflamed, or otherwise irritated.
The Common symptoms of a Rash
There are a variety of symptoms depending on the type of rash, but symptoms
often include skin redness or other discoloration, inflammation, swelling, dryness, peeling, scaling, crusting, tenderness, soreness, pain, and more.
A skin rash is often harmless, yet it can indicate other skin conditions or even health problems elsewhere in the body.
Left untreated, some rashes simply go away on their own, while others can lead to blisters, leave the skin raw and exposed, or last long enough to need long-term treatment. Many rashes develop quickly, while others take several days to form.
A common type of rash is eczema, a condition that occurs due to one of two types of an inflammatory skin condition called dermatitis: atopic and contact. If you have a skin rash like this, and it that’s causing you to suffer, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)
, atopic dermatitis afflicts nearly 30 million Americans of all ages and is responsible for over $125 million worth of lost productivity amongst patients and caregivers.
Other common types of rashes include, among others:
- Infections of the skin from:
- Bacteria (cellulitis)
- A fungus (ringworm)
- A virus (chickenpox)
- Reactions to insect bites
- Heat rash