Rash is a general term for inflammation that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters. Rashes can be a symptom of other problems. They may or may not be itchy or painful. Common conditions resulting in rashes include:
- Atopic dermatitis, also commonly called eczema
- Bacterial infections, such as impetigo
- Contact dermatitis, caused by skin allergies
- Chronic skin problems, such as acne, rosacea, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis
- Fungal infections, such as ringworm (Tinea) or yeast (Candida) infection
- Viral infections, such as warts, shingles or herpes
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A rash may be a sign of a more serious illness, such as an autoimmune disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease or liver disease. Sometimes complex rashes or itching alone occur around the time a cancer develops. If you experience a rash or severe itching that does not go away on its own after a short time, it should be evaluated for diagnosis and treatment.
If you have questions or concerns about a skin rash, please call our office for an appointment at 310-449-5265.