How to Identify Your Skin Rash & When to Seek Medical Treatment

We all suffer from it: skin rashes. But it’s different for everyone, because one person has extremely dry skin, while another has a nasty, dirty-looking rash. In addition, this skin problem can manifest itself all over the body. The question is: When is it really a rash and do I need to seek medical treatment because you are allergic, have uninvited guests in the house, or because you are suffering from a scary disease? Or is it just an overreacting skin? This is why it’s very important to educate yourself about skin rashes and how you can identify them.

A skin rash is an unusual change in skin color, texture, and/or appearance that generally leads to skin inflammation. These changes can happen on certain body parts – think of hands, wrist, and underarm or just the feet, but also to the whole body. There are many types of skin disorders that, sometimes, it feels hard to keep up with. There are some skin rashes that are more common than the rest, examples are:

  • Atopic dermatitis – also known as eczema
  • Cutaneous Lupus
  • Shingles
  • Hives
  • Rosacea
  • Lichen planus
  • Scabies

As there are so many types of skin disorders, it is hard to know which one it is and what it’s caused by – except for disorders like Scabies and Lupus, of course. This is why it’s important to recognize the symptoms and what kind of rash it is. Please don’t take skin disorders lightly, as they can affect your entire life physically and mentally. So, should the rash be worse than a small and uncaring eczema spot, you can immediately contact your healthcare provider to visit. Don’t feel ashamed for it, either, as 1 in 3 Americans is affected by (some sort of) skin disorder. Chances are that your neighbors, friends, or family members are suffering from the same problems as you are. On the next page, you’ll find more information about how you can recognize the symptoms of specific skin disorders.