What do bed bugs, tick bites and mosquito bites all have in common? For the most part, they all leave rashes of some kind that shouldn’t be ignored. With the latest outbreak of Lyme disease and other forms of diseases, it is vitally important for people, and parents especially, to pay close attention to what may seem like a slow-starting rash that eventually turns into a full-blown life-threatening situation and possible fatality.
Although not in itself a worm, it actually is a fungus living off dead skin, hair and tissue surrounding the nails. Starting off red and scaly, it then turns into a red, itchy ring with raised, blistery or scaly borders. Ringworm is generally treated with anti fungal creams.
Characterized by a flushed, bright, red face and flu-like symptoms, this generally mild contagious disease passes within a couple of weeks. Typically spread by coughing and sneezing, it’s normally treated with bed rest, fluids and pain relievers.
Thankfully, not as common today because of Chicken Pox vaccinations, this is nevertheless one serious disease. Advancing in stages, this disease first blisters, bursts, dries and finally crusts over the body leaving an itchy rash with blisters over the body.
This bacteria-caused disease is known for its red sores or blisters. Breaking open and oozing, impetigo develops into a yellow-brown crust. Showing up anywhere over the body, marks are more predominant around the mouth and nose area. Usually spread through direct skin contact or sharing things like towels, toys or sports gear, impetigo requires the use of antibiotic ointment.
Generally endured by most of us at some time or other, this rash develops generally from blocked sweat ducts. Typically, heat rashes appear first as tiny red or pink pimples on the head, neck and shoulder areas. Removing an excess of clothing and applying cold compresses to the effected rash area is the indicated treatment here.
Usually developing after contact with plants or certain foods, detergents or soaps, this rash starts within 48 hours after first skin contact. Symptoms are a mild redness or a rash of small red bumps. Usually, this form of rash goes away after two weeks and is treated with 1 percent hydro-cortisone or another anti-inflammatory cream.
Usually, it may form around the torso area of the body, but it has been known to respect no area of the body. This is one rebellious skin rash to treat, usually by vaccines and medication; however, some people get it in a mild enough form to not even warrant medication.
Not wanting to appear overly concerned or hypochondriac, what skin rash, if any, have you observed recently that may need attention by a physician?