• Allergens or irritants that directly contact the skin cause contact dermatitis. Examples of allergens include poison ivy and latex. Examples of irritants include toxic chemicals.
• Bacterial skin infections, such as Staph infections
• Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a hereditary condition
• Fungal infections, such as athlete's foot
• Impetigo is a bacterial infection that is common in children
• Insect stings
• Medical conditions, such as lupus
• Medication allergies
• Psoriasis is a hereditary condition
• Viral rashes are caused by viral infections, such as shingles and chicken pox
The treatment for a rash depends on its cause and severity. Common treatments include over-the-counter or prescription medications, lotions, or powders.
You can prevent skin rashes by avoiding the substances that cause them. Practice good hand washing. Keep your skin clean and dry. If you suspect that you have allergies, an allergist can perform skin testing to identify the substances to which you are allergic.
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