A rash is an area of discolored or inflamed skin. Many people have had a rash at some point in their lives. Most rashes aren’t serious, but some require medical treatment, and a few may indicate a serious underlying health condition.

There are many different types of rashes, with a variety of causes. Some of the most common rashes are eczema, poison ivy, swimmers’ itch, rosacea, ringworm, shingles, contact dermatitis and heat rash.

Treatment Options

If you have a rash that appeared right after you started taking a new medication, or if you also have a fever or other signs of illness, call your doctor right away. Otherwise, most rashes will go away within a day or two. If yours lingers or becomes severe, have it checked by a dermatologist. Treatments for rashes can include topical creams and oral drugs.

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