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Although rashes are not considered to be life-threatening in most cases, they can be annoying and irritating. Rashes can not only be the result of contact with an irritant, they can also be a warning of an underlying, and possibly serious medical condition. Always have a first aid kit ready to handle rashes because at first, it is hard to tell if it is a serious matter or simply a skin irritation.

RashesWhat Is A Rash?

Rashes are easily identifiable as irritated, red patches on the body, limbs, or face. Some rashes will cover only a fairly small area, while others can affect the entire body. A rash may be simply a reddened area, or it may consist of blisters, or roughened, scale skin. Some rashes, especially those that have blisters or cracked skin can ooze clear fluid. Almost all rashes itch and some will actually hurt. Care should be taken to prevent scratching a rash as this will only lead to further irritation, and can also produce infection and scarring.

Allergic Rashes

Very often, when some substance produces an allergic reaction to us, it will show up as a rash. Sometimes, it can be a strictly topical reaction, as when you have come into contact with poison ivy. This will produce a very itchy rash, often with large blisters. Allergic rashes can also be caused by sensitivity to different fabrics, soaps, animals, or other plants. Usually, rashes of this type can be treated with a cortisone cream to relieve the itching.

Allergic rashes can also be caused by internal allergens. If you prove to be allergic to a prescription medicine, a rash is usually the first manifestation of trouble. Any rash that occurs while taking medication should be reported to your doctor immediately, as more severe reactions can also happen, some of them life threatening.

Swimmer’s Itch

This form of rash is also referred to as ‘duck itch’ because it can be spread by ducks. Swimmer’s itch is caused by the larvae of a flatworm burrowing into the skin when someone goes swimming. Not all lakes harbor this flatworm, but it is carried from place to place in the internal systems of waterfowl. This rash causes intense itching, and raised spots called papules. Often, antihistamines are prescribed to give some relief. Within seven days, however, the larvae die off and the rash will dissipate.

Rash From Prickly Heat

As suggested by the name, prickly heat rash will occur only during hot and humid summer weather. Prickly heat rash occurs when there is a blockage of the sweat glands. The sweat actually becomes entrapped under the skin, and causes the irritation. I have found that bathing the affected area with cold water can help to alleviate the itching. When the weather cools off a bit, prickly heat will disappear. Staying hydrated with pure water will help your body fight any irritants that come in contact with the skin, but also make sure that first aid kit is ready in case you do come in contact with anything that does harm to your skin.

Rashes That Need A Doctor’s AttentionFirst Aid Cabinet

While the rashes above are mostly self-correcting, or will need only topical treatment, there are rashes that will call for a visit to the doctor. Ringworm is actually a fungus that causes a ring shaped rash. It will spread if not treated and can cause permanent scarring.

Another rash that will need a physician’s help is psoriasis. This condition is actually an autoimmune disease, and it can spread over large areas of the body. It will produce very rough areas of skin that will itch intensely and can ooze as well. Rashes caused by chicken pox or measles should always receive medical attention.