Know the Signs of Common Skin Rashes

Odds are you have had one before, maybe even had a few. It often shows up as small bumps on the skin that are itchy and red. Rashes are very common and can occur for a variety of reasons. A rash is a type of reaction that occurs to the skin. It may occur because of contact with an allergen, toxin, disease or infection. There are many different rashes that can affect the skin. Some rashes may cause the skin to change color such as red, brown or white. Rashes may also change the texture of the skin and cause it to become blistered, scaly, rough or bumpy. Rashes may cause pain, itchiness, dryness and burning. Not all rashes are cause for serious concern, but it is a good idea to get an unexplained rash looked at by a doctor. Keep reading to find out the signs and symptoms of common rashes.

Atopic Dermatitis

Atopic dermatitis is a type of eczema. This rash is chronic and makes the skin very itchy and red. It affects people of any age. Dermatitis may flare up with symptoms getting worse for a period of time and then subsiding. The rash often occurs in patches that may affect the feet, hands, neck, and trunk. These patches may be dry, itchy, thickened, swollen and cracked. Avoiding harsh chemicals in household soaps, detergents and cleaners can help to prevent flare-ups. Restoring the skin barrier using thick lotions and creams can reduce symptoms and prevent recurrences. There are many medicated creams that can help to restore moisture, reduce itchiness and other bothersome symptoms.

Heat Rash

Heat rash is a very common rash that many people experience at some point of their life. Heat rash often happens in hot, humid weather when the pores become blocked with sweat. Certain types of clothing and lotions can trap sweat which can also cause heat rash. It can be caused by friction in areas where the skin rubs together such as armpits and behind the knees. There are different types of heat rash, each with different symptoms. Miliaria Crystallina is a mild form of heat rash that causes clear fluid-filled bumps to appear on the skin’s surface. Although the bumps often burst, this form of heat rash is not painful or itchy. Miliaria Rubra occurs deeper in the skin and causes discomfort, red bumps and an itchy sensation. Miliaria Profunda is not a very common form of heat rash and it affects the dermis. It often occurs in adults after a long period of physical sweat-inducing activity. It causes large bumps that are the same color as the skin.  Heat rash is usually not serious, but if symptoms are severe or persist a doctor should be seen. Treatment for heat rash may include using anti-itch and calming lotions.


The hives rash is part of a reaction to an allergen or infection. Hives may be triggered by a variety of different things including food, medications, infections, plants, pet dander and much more. During a hives outbreak, the body’s immune system releases histamine into the blood. This causes swelling and an accumulation of fluid under the skin. The common symptoms of hives include raised itchy bumps that are either skin-colored or red. These bumps (also known as wheals) may turn white when they are pressed on. Hives can occur anywhere on the body and may even move locations. Hives can be short-lived or long-term. The treatment for hives may include medication, avoiding triggers and using skin calming lotions.


Shingles is a rash that can be very painful. It is caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox. There is a shingles vaccine available which is recommended for adults above the age of 50. Shingles often affects adults and those with a weakened immune system are at a higher risk. The shingles rash usually only appears on one side of the body. It often begins with an aching feeling and sensitivity, but it can become excruciatingly painful. The shingles rash involves small blisters that burst and become crusted ulcers. Those who believe that they are suffering from shingles should see their doctor. If it is left untreated it may cause permanent nerve damage. Treatment may include antiviral medication and at home remedies.

There are many different types of rashes which range in severity. Some rashes may resolve on their own, but others may require medical treatment. If you have a rash that is not responding to treatment, is getting worse, or has severe symptoms you should see your doctor for a diagnosis and treatment plan.

Disclaimer: The articles on this website are not meant to encourage the self-management of any health or wellness issue. Nor are they meant to encourage any one type of medical treatment. Treatment or advice used by a reader may have varying results, as each individual is different. Any article reader with a health-related question, is encouraged to seek a proper consultation with a doctor or certified health provider. The articles on this website should not be used to disregard any medical or health-related advice, nor should they be the root cause for delay in seeing a doctor or a certified health provider.

The articles on this website should not be used to start the use of dietary supplements or vitamins, natural or herbal products, homeopathic medicine or other mentioned products prior to a proper consultation with a doctor or certified health provider.

Other Articles