Identify red spots
There are many causes of red spots on the skin, so it is difficult to say what the root cause is. Skin irritation can be caused by a number of reasons, including acute infection or chronic disease.
Make an appointment with your doctor for an examination to find out what exactly is behind the red spots. In the meantime, here are the 10 most common causes of red spots on the skin.
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It can be difficult to determine what is causing the red spots on your skin. Here are 10 pictures of skin conditions that may be to blame.
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- Pityriasis rosea
Pityriasis rosea is an inflammatory skin disease that causes a red rash. The exact cause is unknown, but researchers believe it may be due to a viral infection.
The rash usually begins as a large, oval-shaped red spot that resembles a Christmas tree, hence the name Christmas tree rash.
This large spot appears first and appears on the chest, back, and abdomen. This is called the parent patch, and smaller patches that form elsewhere in the body are called daughter patches.
The holes are oval in shape, red, sometimes scaly, with an enlarged rim and look like a white worm. In addition to an itchy rash, symptoms of pityriasis include:
Itching when the skin warms up, such as after showering or exercising
Pityriasis rosea usually goes away on its own and does not require treatment. But you can use home remedies like calamine lotion or oatmeal baths to relieve itching.
Here’s how to make your own oatmeal bath.
- Heat rash
A heat rash occurs when the pores of the skin become blocked during sweating. This can happen during exercise or in hot or humid weather.
If sweat is blocked from reaching the surface of your skin, small blister-like lumps may form. They may be filled with red or clear fluid. Bumps are itchy and painful.
Heat rash usually occurs in places where your skin rubs, like underarms, or where clothing rubs against your skin. In infants, it can occur on the neck.
Heat rash usually goes away when your skin cools down. Unpleasant symptoms can be treated with ointments and creams, including calamine lotion to relieve itching, and steroid creams in more severe cases.
- Contact dermatitis
The skin may react when it comes into contact with allergens or irritants. Contact dermatitis is a rash that occurs after coming into contact with a substance that you are allergic to or that is harsh on your skin, such as harsh cleaning products.
Whether or not you develop contact dermatitis depends on whether or not you have allergies. For example, most people are allergic to poisons and develop a rash after contact.
Common symptoms of contact dermatitis include:
the formation of crusts or crusts on the skin
Treatment depends on the response. You can get rid of over-the-counter creams and antihistamines. If the reaction is severe, you may need to get a prescription from your doctor.
Shingles is a painful blistering rash that occurs on the face or on one side of the body. It is caused by varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes chicken pox. If you’ve had chickenpox before, the virus can reactivate years later and cause shingles.
Before the rash appears, the area may feel itchy and stinging. It usually forms a line of painful blisters on the left or right side of the body that itches and scabs within 7-10 days.
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Shingles outbreaks are treated with antiviral medications to shorten the duration of the rash. Pain relievers and anti-itch creams can help relieve some of the discomfort.
- Swimmer’s itch
Swimmer’s itch is a rash caused by being in water with parasites. Snails are infected with parasites and spread in ponds, lakes and oceans. When people swim in the water, the parasites enter their skin.
For some people, these parasites can cause a reaction. They burn and itch and cause small red pimples or blisters.
Swimmer’s itch usually goes away on its own after about a week and usually doesn’t require medical attention. Meanwhile, anti-itch creams can help reduce symptoms.
Ringworm is a red, blotchy rash with a circular border around it. It is caused by a fungus and can appear anywhere on the body. Athlete’s foot is caused by a fungus on the feet. Jock itch occurs when the fungus affects the groin
It is very contagious and you can spread it to others. Your doctor may diagnose ringworm and prescribe an antifungal medication to treat it.
- Atopic dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis is a common form of eczema. It usually begins in infancy and may disappear as the child ages or burn out throughout adulthood.
Researchers are not sure what causes the skin disease. It can be genetic, or the immune system overreacts to something in the body.
Atopic dermatitis is characterized by itching and pain. The skin becomes dry, red and cracked. If you scratch too much, an infection will develop and blisters will ooze yellow fluid.
Treatment for atopic dermatitis involves relieving skin irritation and moisturizing the skin. Your doctor can tell you if you have atopic dermatitis and prescribe medicated creams to reduce your symptoms.
Not much is known about cracks. Researchers aren’t sure what causes it.
It is a disease that causes reddish-pink bumps on various parts of the body. The most common places for these bumps to appear are on the wrists, back, and ankles.
If the patches keep reappearing, the skin will become rough and scaly. These rough spots can also itch.
There is no cure for lichen planus, so treatment focuses on relieving symptoms. Your doctor can make a proper diagnosis and create a treatment plan that includes topical creams, light therapy, and prescription medications.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes scaly, itchy patches on the elbows, knees, scalp, or other parts of the body. In people with psoriasis, skin cells grow faster than normal, which causes thick deposits. It is very unpleasant, causes itching and burning.
Researchers aren’t sure exactly what causes psoriasis. It may be a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
There are several types of psoriasis, and each can look a little different. A doctor can help diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan. Treatments include skin creams, medications, light therapy, and injections.
- Drug rash
A drug rash occurs when your body has an allergic reaction to a drug. It can be any kind of medicine, not just something you put on your skin.
Drug rash can range from mild to severe. In severe cases, you may need immediate medical attention.
The rash may look different depending on how your body reacts to the drug. For example, some medications cause small, red bumps, while others cause crusting, peeling, or purple spots. It can also be itchy.
If you’ve recently started a new medication and a rash develops after a few days or weeks, see your doctor. They will help you find the cause of the reaction and prescribe steroids or antihistamines to reduce the symptoms.