We’ve all had some sort of a rash at some point in our lives. It could be from something we ate or something we touched. Most of the time, these simple rashes go away on their own. Conditions like psoriasis are more chronic and are a result of a person’s immune system going haywire, and can require proper management through medicine and lifestyle changes. Sometimes, people get rashes from external sources like viruses and other organisms, like insects and fungi. Here are three examples:
- Fungal Infections – fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot have been known to cause rashes. For ringworm, the infection is a circular reddish or brownish rash with thick edges. Athlete’s foot usually develops on a person’s feet but can actually spread to other parts of the body. Both of these infections require anti-fungal creams or sprays to treat. Other times, an oral medication may be needed.
- Diseases from Viruses – Chickenpox and measles produce rashes and blisters and require immediate treatment. These diseases are highly contagious – chickenpox’s primary symptom is a rash that turns into fluid-filled blisters. The infected person must avoid contact with others until the rashes and blisters have stopped forming, and all current ones have scabbed over. Antihistamines and anti-itching oatmeal baths can help control the itching. Measles produces brown, blotchy rashes but come with a fever, white specks inside the infected person’s mouth, and a runny nose.
- Insect Bites – bites from bedbugs can cause visible, itchy welts and rashes. The removal of bedbugs usually require professional help, as they can be very difficult to see with the naked eye, and can be in large numbers. There are people who are sensitive to bedbugs and do require medical treatment to reduce the itching through the use of antihistamines.