A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin. Rashes can be a symptom of other skin problems.


Rashes fall into three categories – rashes caused by fungus or bacteria; common, non-infectious rashes; and viral rashes. Some of the most common rashes include eczema, heat rash and poison ivy. Symptoms of skin rashes include:

  • Blister development
  • Scaling of the skin
  • Ulcerated open sores on the skin
  • Skin discoloration
  • Bumps on the skin
  • Itching



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Treatments for rashes vary depending on severity and type of rash.  Treatment options may include:

  • Removing the irritant from your environment
  • Anti-itch medicines with hydrocortisone
  • Moisturizers
  • Oral antihistamines

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