Skin Rashes

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

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.