Rashes are a common part of life – especially if you’re a big family with several small children! Kids love to play and explore outside, especially in the spring and summer months. As a result, they come into contact with any number of plants, insects, and even chemicals. There are also rashes that appear as a result of heat, allergic reactions, and weakened immune systems.
As a parent, it’s useful to know about different types of rashes. That way, you know the different possibilities if and when your child (or yourself, for that matter) breaks out into a rash. You may not always be able to diagnose your child’s rash accurately, but you’ll have a much better chance if you know about these 4 common rashes.
1. Contact dermatitis
You might never have thought about poison ivy as an allergen, but that’s exactly what it is! Any rash that forms as a result of direct contact with an allegen is known as contact dermatitis. Common culprits include poison ivy, poison oak, latex rubber, and nickel. The area of the body that came into contact with the allergen will break into into a rash that is often painful and itchy. In addition, this type of rash can often be spread by contact.
2. Chronic skin conditions
Atopic dermatitis and eczema are examples of chronic skin disorders that result in a recurring rash. These types of rashes can appear virtually anywhere on the body, but they often appear on the hands and feet, arms, legs and neck. You will probably notice if you or your child has a chronic or recurring rash; and it’s best to see a doctor right away to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment.
3. Pharmaceutical rashes
It’s very much possible to have an allergic skin reaction to a pharmaceutical drug, whether the medicine is topical or internal. Usually, such a rash will appear within days after starting the medication that causes it. Small red spots will often form on the body. Over time, they’ll get larger and merge to cover large areas of the body. If you notice a rash like this shortly after a new medication has been started, it’s best to stop the medication and visit your doctor or urgent care center immediately to find an alternative medication and seek treatment for the rash itself (which will usually clear up within days or weeks after the medication is stopped.
4. Heat rash
This type of rash is also called miliaria, and is caused when the flow of perspiration is blocked. Wearing too many clothes in hot and humid weather is a common cause for heat rash. This type of rash is generally not dangerous and will clear up quickly as the body cools and clothing is changed.
Your local urgent care center
Family First Urgent care is a great option to diagnose and treat all manner of rashes. If you have a recurring rash, you’ll want to schedule an appointment with a dermatologist in order to get the most advanced and accurate treatment possible. But as a first response for any serious rash (or just to set your mind at ease for a minor rash), urgent care provides fast and efficient treatment with no appointment necessary.