Got A Rash? This Could Be Why

Most of the time, your skin looks clear and beautiful. But every now and again, an itchy, scabby and spotty rash will appear and cause you grief!

Rashes, however, always emerge for a reason. In this article, we take a look at some of the leading culprits and what you can do to prevent them from wreaking havoc on your skin. 


Rosacea is one of the most annoying and unpleasant conditions you can get. It’s a type of chronic skin disease that makes the nose and facial area look redder than the surrounding skin. 

There are a variety of causes. The leading factor is, as you might guess, genetics. But other environmental factors, such as stress, sunlight, and alcohol can all make it worse. 


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Impetigo forms what looks like sweaty, scabby lesions, often on the back of the neck. It’s more common in babies, but adults can get it too. Lesions also appear around the chin, nose, and mouth.

You can’t do much to avoid impetigo. So if you get it, then visit the doctor’s office for some soothing creams and ointment to help it clear up faster. 

Flea Bites

Flea bites usually take the form of raised red lumps, but the specific reaction you have depends on the species. 

If you notice that you have bites all over your body in the morning, you may need to call out the bed bug exterminator. Insects in your sheets and mattress could be emerging from their burrows inside the fabric at night to feast on your blood!


Eczema appears as patches of scaly, flaking skin, usually accompanied by hair loss in the affected region. 

Eczema tends to emerge in childhood, probably because of environmental factors. You can lessen the severity of flare-ups by changing your washing powders and household cleaning products. 

Sometimes, people can develop something called “allergic eczema” which looks like a scaly, red, itchy, and oozy scab. You can usually identify the source of this type of eczema quickly with an allergy test at the doctor’s office. 


Ringworm is a condition where a small worm species takes up residence beneath your skin and starts causing damage. People with ringworm usually develop a circular-shaped scaly rash with a raised border. The interior of the affected patch may appear as normal skin, with a raised border around the edge. 

The best approach here is to see your pharmacist about ringworm treatments. 


Shingles is a rash caused by the virus that causes chickenpox – the varicella-zoster virus. The rash itself is painful and often forms a solid red band. Most infections usually pass within a week or two. If your shingles persist, visit your doctor. 

Hay Fever

Hay fever, also called allergic rhinitis, is an allergic response to pollen. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for it, so your best bet is to take antihistamines regularly when pollen levels are high. 

Rashes shouldn’t threaten your life. However, if you feel shortness of breath, tightness in the chest, or stabbing pains, always go and see your doctor.

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