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Updated on February 4, 2015

Rashes appear in the form of red blisters or bumps on the skin

Rashes appear in the form of red blisters or bumps on the skin and cause irritation and itchiness. It is a common problem, which may occur at some or the other point of time. It is not serious; however, it may become serious sometimes. The rashes may be raised, smooth, scaly or bumpy. Mild rashes can be treated naturally by applying some homemade remedies instead of rushing to the doctor immediately.

Rashes are fairly common in children

Rashes are fairly common in children (especially in the first few years of life) due to under-developed immune system. In most cases, the cause is self- limiting and rashes resolves spontaneously without requiring a treatment; however, if your baby is experiencing troubling symptoms that may suggest an ongoing infection or illness, seek immediate medical attention. Rashes may also be set off by something that you have touched. Many different plants can cause irritation to appear on the skin. The poison ivy plant is well known for covering the body in welts. Many common household detergents may cause hives simply by exposing the skin to them.

Rashes from poison

Rashes from poison ivy, oak or sumac is caused by coming in contact with oil in the plant called urushiol. People can come in contact with this oil in three ways. They can come in direct contact by touching the sap; they can have indirect contact by touching something that has come in contact with the oil such as a pet, garden tools or sports equipment; or they can have airborne contact when the plant is burned and urushiol particles are sent into the air. Rashes can also occur anywhere on the body. Very common areas are the face, arms and back. They can also appear in the genital area, on the scalp under the hair, and across the torso. Headaches and an unspecified feeling of illness may accompany the condition.

For rashes that are caused by an allergen

For rashes that are caused by an allergen, including hives, the doctor will probably want more information. He or she will want to find out which food, substance, medicine, or insect caused your rash or hives. The doctor might recommend a medical test to determine which allergens are causing you trouble. It's important to find this out because the best way to prevent rashes and hives caused by allergens is to avoid the problem food, substance, medicine, or bug.

Most rashes that have an acute cause (such as an infection or an allergic reaction) will disappear as soon as the infection or irritant is removed from the system. Rashes that are caused by chronic conditions (such as autoimmune disorders) may remain indefinitely or may fade and then return periodically.

Some rashes can be prevented

Some rashes can be prevented, depending on the cause. A person known to be allergic to certain drugs or substances should avoid those things in order to prevent a rash. It is also a good idea to avoid sharing cosmetics and personal care items (including lip balms) with other family members or friends. Diaper rash can be prevented by using cloth diapers, keeping the diaper area very clean, breast-feeding, and changing diapers often. A person should launder clothing and rinse his or her skin first with rubbing alcohol and then with water after contact with a plant that can cause contact dermatitis.

Some rashes have no treatment. They are incredibly itchy, painful, and uncomfortable, and you will have to wait for them to go away on their own. For example, Poison Oak rashes last up to two weeks. When you treat these rashes, you are trying to minimize the symptoms and make the experience more comfortable. You might need to use a cream medication or sit in an oatmeal bath to soothe your skin. Treatments can help shorten the duration and severity of your condition.

Facial rashes

Facial rashes can vary greatly in appearance, location and severity depending on the underlying cause. Facial rashes may or may not be itchy and can be red, white, purple or silver in color. The texture of a facial rash can be flat, raised, bumpy, or scaly and include flaking off or peeling of skin cells. Facial rashes can appear as dots or spots or occur over a large, solid continuous area.

Allergic rashes fall into two categories: dermal and systemic. A dermal allergy is caused by the skin coming into direct contact with an allergen. A systemic allergy is the consequence of something ingested. Systemic allergies can be more serious and difficult to diagnose. When addressing food allergies, it is important to note that the most common offenders are eggs, milk, seafood, soy, wheat, tree nuts, and peanuts.

Some skin rashes spread

Some skin rashes spread very fast since they are caused by a virus, it needs to be cured as soon as possible. A virus is commonly thought of as the flu or other respiratory problem but a virus can be responsible for skin problems as well. Viral skin rash is an infection that becomes evident from skin rash or lesions. In fact the virus causing this problem may hang around the body for months or years before coming to the surface. The viral rash on your skin may begin from direct contact with an infected person or by a systemic infection.

Most basic rashes can be treated or controlled with a few simple home remedies. In general, it's best to avoid using harsh soaps, lotions or ointments other than what has been prescribed for the condition. Instead, use only very gentle cleansers to wash the affected area. Make sure the affected area is exposed to the air as much as possible. If you recently started using a new cosmetic or skin care product, you may want to consider eliminating it to avoid future rashes. Finally, apply moisturizers and hydrocortisone cream to relieve symptoms.

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