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SKIN PROBLEMS/DISORDERS: RASHES

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A rash can be best described as a change in a person's skin color or texture that is different from the normal source (Discovery Health). A rash can be caused by viruses, fungi, parasites and reactions to certain medications. The most common reason why people get rashes is allergies. Everyone is subject to getting rashes, particularly the very young and the elderly. Many young children are prone to getting rashes such as the chicken pox. Older people can become victims of problems like shingles. In addition to age, an individual's lifestyle can determine the amount of rashes a person can get. For example, people who are regularly into sports may be prone to rashes due to the increased amount of sweat. These rashes are often referred to as a heat rash. 

Most rashes will go away on their own. Generally the time span is between one to three weeks. However, if you find that your rash is getting worse, painful and has not gone away on it's own, please consult your primary care physician as soon as possible. Depending on the type of rash you have, your skin will have to be treated accordingly. For example, if you have a bacterial rash, those type of rashes may go away on their own. Fungal rashes are treated with anti-fungal over the counter medications, while a fungus that appears because of a virus is treated based on what the virus may be. The following is a list of the different types of rashes that a person may see affecting their skin. 



There are several different types of rashes. Rashes are only preventable if you know what is causing the rash. If you find that every time you go to your favorite restaurant, you break out in hives, it may be worth asking the waitress what some of the ingredients are in the food. If a rash shows up whenever you use a certain perfume or soap, discontinue use immediately to see if the rash will disappear. Also sometimes specific types of clothing can give you a rash, especially depending on what type of detergent is used. Bottom line: Getting a rash is very common and nothing that a person needs to immediately panic about. Find out what is creating the rash and if it continues to be a very itchy or aggravating problem, do not hesitate to visit your local physician or dermatologist!


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Diagnosing a skin rash!


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