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Rashes

 

Almost all of us have had skin rashes at one time or another.

Symptoms can include red swollen patches, raised red dots, itching, burning, and blisters that may weep or ooze.

The rash usually develops when the skin comes into contact with an irritating chemical.

Poison ivy, cosmetics, deodorants, soaps, metals, and dozens of other natural and artificial substances can cause contact dermatitis.

Self Care :

  • The first step in treating a rash is to find out what may have caused it.
  • Sometimes, it may be due to a new drug.
  • Changes in soaps, shampoos, deodorants, cosmetics, or hair dyes lately.
  • Due to the clothes that we wear.
  • Due to any new jewelry.
  • By some plants such as poison oak, poison ivy.


  • Follow these self-care steps to treat the rash :

  • Gently wash the affected area with mild soap and water.
  • Relieve itching by using calamine lotion or over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream.
  • Watch the rash for 24 hours to see if it spreads or changes.


  • Signs and Symptoms that needs care :

  • Temperature of a level you believe to be a fever and lasts longer than 2 weeks.
  • Rash in groin area that is bright red, raw, or sore- looking; has blisters or crusty patches.
  • Red streaks leading toward the center of the body.
  • Reddened, sunburned-looking skin that feels like sandpaper.
  • Swollen joints, chills, dizziness, nausea.
  • Burning eyes and nose, weeping blisters.
  • Swollen glands in groin.
  • Expanding circular rash.
  • Tolerable pain or itching.

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