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Rash

What is a rash?

 

If you have a rash, your skin might be red, dry, itchy, or cracked.  If your rash is caused by an allergy, you might also have some swelling or blisters where you have the rash.

Severe symptoms include:

Pain

Widespread swelling

Large blisters, oozing, or crusting of the skin

 

What can I do to get rid of my rash? 

 

 You can:

Avoid using or touching whatever might have caused your rash.

Protect your skin from anything that might irritate it or cause an allergy. For example, wear gloves if you need to work with harsh soaps.

Try using soothing skin products to help with the itching and discomfort. Things that might help include:

Unscented, thick moisturizing cream

A special kind of bath called an oatmeal bath

Should I see a doctor?

See your doctor if your rash does not go away within 2 weeks and at any time the symptoms becomes progressively worse. Your doctor can help figure out what could be causing your rash.

How are skin rashes treated?

 Your doctor might prescribe different treatments or medicines to help your rash. These can include:

Steroid creams and ointments – These are not the same as the steroids some athletes take illegally. They go on the skin, and they relieve itching and redness.

Steroid pills – You might need to take these for a short time if your rash is severe. But your doctor or nurse will want to take you off steroid pills as soon as possible. Even though these medicines help, they can also cause problems of their own.

Wet or damp dressings – These can be helpful for skin that is crusting or oozing. To use a wet or damp dressing, you will need to wear 2 layers of clothing. First, you put on a layer of damp cotton clothes over your rash. Then, you put on a layer of dry clothes on top of the damp ones. People who need these dressings often wear them at night when they sleep.