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The Common Types of Skin Rashes

Doctor or nurse signing medical documentYou have an itching or scratchy patch on your skin. Maybe your skin had changed color. What should you do?

There is no specific medical diagnosis known as a rash. Rashes are generally inflammations of the skin, and can be caused by a variety of factors. Here are the most common:


There are actually a number of different types of eczema, but the most common is what is known as atopic eczema (or atopic dermatitis). This condition will manifest as red, itchy and scaly skin, and is not contagious. The actual cause is not understood by modern science, but it seems clear that individuals with a family history of allergies are more susceptible to the condition, especially people with asthma or hay fever. Eczema appears most often on hands, elbows and other “bending” areas of the body. It can be triggered by climate or environment, or by soaps or skin care products. Treatment typically involves a topical cream or ointment with the steroid hydrocortisone in it.

Granuloma Annulare

Another common skin condition, found most often in children and young adults, is granuloma annulare, a rash that produces red bumps in small circular patches. As with eczema, the actual causes are unknown. The bumps, or papules, are most often on the back of your hands, feet or forearms. Often, the symptoms of granuloma annulare will simply go away without treatment, but a hyrdrocortisone topical ointment can alleviate itching.

Pityriasis Rosea

This rash appears as a large, pink area of skin, can be scaly to the touch and often produces skin lesions. It is found mostly on the neck, back, chest, abdomen and upper arms and legs. As with most rashes, the cause is unknown, but the most effective treatment tends to be with oral antihistamines, such as Benadryl.

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