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Rashes are the most common dermatology issue that affects the body. There can be many reasons why a rash appears. Here are some of the more common ones:


A rash is a noticeable change in the color or texture of the skin due to an irritant. The skin may become bumpy, itchy and irritable due to a rash. A rash, however, isn’t a specific diagnosis. It’s a general term meaning an outbreak of skin inflammation and discoloration that changed the way the skin looks and feels.


Rashes that last more than a few days, and are unexplained should be evaluated by your dermatologist. Contact dermatitis is one of the more common rashes and can be caused by:


  • Beauty products

  • Soaps

  • Laundry detergent

  • Dyes in clothing

  • Chemicals in rubber

  • Poisonous plants


Most rashes can be treated by following the guidelines listed below:


  • Use cleansers that are more gentle, instead of soap

  • Avoid using hot water, use warm water instead

  • Don’t pat the rash, rub instead

  • If possible, don’t cover your rash with clothing, let it breathe

  • If you’re using new cosmetics, stop using them if you think they may be attributed to your rash


Remember to never scratch your rash. If it itches, try an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. If the itching persists you can take an oatmeal bath as well. If you itching still persists, a lotion may help alleviate the symptoms.


Always check with your healthcare provider before you decide to self-diagnose. It may be a more serious rash and may need medical help.


If you have a rash that is bothersome, see our New Orleans dermatologists for a diagnosis and relief from your symptoms. 

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