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What Kind of Skin Rash do I Have?

Treatments vary, depending on the condition, so a correct diagnosis is important
June 1, 2023
a woman scratching a rash on her neck

Skin rashes can have various causes and can present in different ways, so it’s always best to consult a healthcare professional for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. That’s because the differences between some rashes are subtle in appearance but require different medications and medical care.

Some common types of skin rashes:

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis

This rash occurs when the skin comes into contact with an irritating substance or allergen, such as certain chemicals, plants like poison ivy, or certain metals.



Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema is a chronic condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed skin. It often appears as patches of red, scaly skin.



This chronic autoimmune condition causes the rapid buildup of skin cells. It typically presents as thick, red, and scaly patches of skin.


Hives (Urticaria)

Hives are raised, itchy welts that can appear suddenly and disappear within hours or days. They are often triggered by allergies or other underlying conditions.

Fungal infection

Fungal infections

Various fungal infections can cause rashes, such as ringworm (tinea corporis) or athlete’s foot (tinea pedis). These infections are usually characterized by redness, itching, and sometimes flaking or scaling.

Viral rashes

Certain viral infections, such as measles, chickenpox, or shingles, can cause distinctive rashes with specific characteristics.

These are just a few examples, and there are many other possible causes of skin rashes. It’s important to consult a dermatologist who can examine your rash, consider your medical history, and provide an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. Don’t delay in seeking care. Most rashes respond best to early treatment before they have a chance to worsen.

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