Different Types of Skin Rashes
The skin is the largest organ of the
body. It covers the whole body protecting it from head to toe. In a
normal adult the skin averages more than 2 square yards or 17,000
square centimeters and weighs about 9 pounds or 4 kilograms. It is
our first line of defense. It is exposed to all elements and
therefore healthy skin, is a vital organ and must be treated kindly.
Being a front liner, the skin is
exposed to a variety of maladies, ranging from inconsequential to
serious and life-threatening. Rashes are the most common skin
disorder that affects both children and adults. Rash means the
growth of some red bumps on the skin caused by irritation. The skin
may become swollen, itchy and bumpy.
Rashes in babies and children
Babies and young children are the most
prone to rashes. They are sensitive because they are not yet immune
to certain bacteria and viruses. The following are different types
of skin rashes affecting babies and young children.
Diaper rash is a red, puffy rash under
and around the area covered by a diaper. Simple moisture, ammonia in
urine or the acidic bowel movements are commonly the cause of this
type of rash. The readily available disposable diapers and baby
wipes sometimes cause diaper rash. Some baby soaps could also be a
cause. The yeast called Candida may also be a factor.
Prickly heat rash is common among
infants. These are small red dots appears on their head, neck,
shoulders and back. This usually appears during hot weather or when
babies are overdressed causing them to perspire a lot. Allowing the
skin to breath is the solution.
Prickly heat rash goes away easily as
soon as the condition is corrected.
Roseola is a common viral disease.
Usually the child gets high fever at the start, and then a pink or
red blotchy rash develops. It starts on the neck, chest and back. It
then spreads to the legs, arms and face. The fever normally drops
once the rash appears. Children affected are between 9 and 18 months
Eczema is the most common type of skin
inflammation. It is also called dermatitis and refers to several
conditions that share a pattern of changes in the surface of the
skin. The first episode is itching and redness of the skin with tiny
bumps or blisters. Left untreated or with wrong management, it
develops to long term condition or chronic eczema. With chronic
eczema, skin thickens, develops flaking, dryness and color changes.
Most eczema is related to allergies or contact with certain
irritants like chemicals. It could also be associated with an
underlying medical condition that cause edema or fluid retention in
Skin rash in adults are likewise
triggered by external material such as dust, food, dry air, animal
dander, certain fabrics, chemical and many more. Some skin rashes
could also be due to dry skin condition. Skin allergies or Infection
or maybe growth of fungus in the skin could also be the cause.
The following are common skin rash
Dry skin Rash
The most common skin rash among adults
is the dry skin rash. Having dry skin could cause one to develop
skin rashes because of the dryness. Dry skin is easily irritated,
especially during cold and dry seasons. However these are just
triggering factors. Skin
becomes extremely itchy and inflamed,
causing redness, swelling, cracking, weeping, crusting and scaling.
This type of rash comes and goes, even with out medication. However
when skin is subjected to too much scratching, skin may become
Skin rash due to allergy
The people affected by this type of
skin rash are those who already have certain allergies to chemicals,
fabric, animal dander or other allergens.
Skin rash due to fungal infection
This type of
skin rash is normally due
to improper hygiene.
fungal Spray or crème is the answer to this type and obviously,
proper hygiene can prevent the fungus that causes the skin rash to
There is one rule that must be
strictly followed when inflicted with skin rash - do not scratch.