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Dr. John Chiu
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Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more


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Contagious itchy skin with no rash until scratched?

Contagious itchy skin with no rash until scratched?

Some thoughts...: Without a picture it's very difficult to diagnose a skin condition, and what you're describing can have many different causes. It could be a mild eczema, a fungal infection, a viral exanthem, a reaction to something you've come in contact with (a new perfume, lotion, soap), bug bites... It's a long list. If otc Hydrocortisone or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) isn't helping, make sure to check in with your doc! ...Read more

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Can genital skin tags spread?

Can genital skin tags spread?

Not likely: Skin tags do not tend to spread, but can occur in nearby areas. If problems are spreading, be certain they are not viral in nature, like warts. Suggest you visit your ob-gyn for examination to confirm. They can easily remove tags for you. ...Read more

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Tonsilits and itchy skin rash?

Tonsilits and itchy skin rash?

Scarlet Fever?: Fever? Tonsillitis can be from Group A Strep bacteria, which if severe can cause a rash (usually not itchy though), in association with high fever and must be treated with antibiotics. See a doctor as soon as possible. IF NO FEVER, you may have Fifth Disease -- a benign rash from a virus which also causes your tonsillitis. If you are on medications, could be allergy. Lots of causes, see Dr. ...Read more

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Very itchy skin that develops bumpy rash .

Very itchy skin that develops bumpy rash .

Can't diagnose.: This rash needs to be visualized & a history needs to be obtained in order to make an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is dry skin on hands contagious?

Is dry skin on hands contagious?

no: If holding hands is a problem due to your dry skin it is time to see your medspa doctor and review how to hydrate as well as what products will help with this. Often time people also discuss dermal fillers to plump up the hands to make them more youthful. ...Read more

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Does friction rash, heat rash look similar to razor rash and rash of fungal infection?

Does friction rash, heat rash look similar to razor rash and rash of fungal infection?

Fungal rash: Usually doesn't look like a friction rash or rash from razor burn, but they can appear atypical. It is best to have a knowledgeable provider look at it. One look is worth 1000 words. ...Read more

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Is dengue rashes itchy?

Is dengue rashes itchy?

Itchiness is: Inconsistent with dengue fever. In some cases it may itch. ...Read more

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Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Herpes: It is still contagious even after the lesions have healed and they don't look like they are there, although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious any kind of skin to skin contact can spread herpes. Asymptomatic people infected with hsv1 or hsv2 can still transmit the virus. The virus replicates on mucocutaneous surfaces and infects sensory nerve terminals and nucl. ...Read more

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Skin rash infection on upper arms?

Skin rash  infection  on upper  arms?

Needs examination: A rash on your arms could be due to many reasons. Allergy, eczema, contact dermatitis, viral infection, disease, Autoimmune diseases. You may need to see a Dr to diagnose the cause and treat accordingly ...Read more

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Which stds causes itchy skin hive like rash all over body?

Which stds causes itchy skin hive like rash all over body?

Probably no STD: Syphilis can cause a body-wide rash, but not hive-like and usually not itchy. If you think you're at risk for STDs, get tested. But an STD is not a likely cause of this rash. Most rashes like this are due to drug allergy -- which could include an STD drug if you're on treatment. In that case, contact the doctor treating you. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Is eczema staph infection contagious?

Eczema or Staph Infn: Eczema is not contageous, it is an infammatory disorder of the skin. Eczema can become secondarily infected with staphylococcus as it is a skin organism and the eczema represents breaks in our normal protection system of the skin. Staph is very contageous. It can be spread person-person, in foods and grom fomite (inanimage object) to human. Good handwashing prevents spread. ...Read more

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Are?Eczema or?Skin rashes common in toddlers?

Are?Eczema or?Skin rashes common in toddlers?

All age groups: Most often eczema has an onset before 5 years of age but it can occur at any age. Presentation and location of eczema can differ depending on age of onset. Slightly more common in females. A lot of children who had eczema will find that as they get older their eczema gets less severe. Some adults "grow out of" their eczema entirely. ...Read more

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Can viral rashes be itchy?

Can viral rashes be itchy?

Yes: Yes there can be a mild itchy associated with viral rash and they can be treated with antihistamines. ...Read more

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Do herpes rashes itch?

Do herpes rashes itch?

They May Itch: Herpes is mostly painful (a sensation felt prior to its outbreak). It is possible that there is also an itching sensation with this transmissible viral infection. See your physician to make sure that you have herpes and that it is not some other comorbid condition. ...Read more

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Is skin rashes on penis infection ?

Is skin rashes on penis infection ?

It may or may not be: Related to an infection. Recommend medical eval for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Contagious itchy skin with no rash until scratched?

Some thoughts...: Without a picture it's very difficult to diagnose a skin condition, and what you're describing can have many different causes. It could be a mild eczema, a fungal infection, a viral exanthem, a reaction to something you've come in contact with (a new perfume, lotion, soap), bug bites... It's a long list. If otc Hydrocortisone or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) isn't helping, make sure to check in with your doc! ...Read more

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Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Herpes: It is still contagious even after the lesions have healed and they don't look like they are there, although when there are vesicles with fluid in them it is more contagious any kind of skin to skin contact can spread herpes. Asymptomatic people infected with hsv1 or hsv2 can still transmit the virus. The virus replicates on mucocutaneous surfaces and infects sensory nerve terminals and nucl. ...Read more

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What are the possible causes of a yeast related skin rash in an infant? How long does it take to clear up with an ointment & is it contagious?

Part of life: Yeast is around us in the environment & by later infancy at least 5% of the dry weight of poo is yeast. The skin surface is resistant to yeast unless irritated or over hydrated ( like wearing diapers ). The yeast creates a rash when it takes the opportunity of a simple exposure & sets up housekeeping on irritated skin.Improvement with rx occurs within days. ...Read more

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How long is someone with ringworm contagious for? (# days prior and after skin rash symptoms) What need to do to prevent transfer to others

How long is someone with ringworm contagious for? (# days prior and after skin rash symptoms)
What  need to do to prevent transfer to others

Good hygiene: and use of antifungal creams will keep you from being contagious i think 2 to 3 days of twice daily applications of cream will get you "non contagious" but continue treatment for 7 to 10 days ...Read more

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I have this skin rash that just spreads out of no where. I starts itching then it turns into a scab like mark. It is not contagious. What is it?

I have this skin rash that just spreads out of no where. I starts itching then it turns into a scab like mark. It is not contagious. What is it?

Skin Rash: Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. There are two kinds of contact dermatitis: irritant or allergic. Treatment is with prescription strength cortisone from your local dermatologist. Skin rashes need to be seen for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Are bacterial skin infections contagious a friend has a rash and says its a bacterial skin infection how would you contract a bacterial skin infection

Are bacterial skin infections contagious a friend has a rash and says its a bacterial skin infection how would you contract a bacterial skin infection

Hello. : Hello. There are a number of bacterial skin infections that can be transmitted by skin to skin contact. Some can be transmitted by touching contaminated clothing. ...Read more

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I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, flaking or scaling) . : Skin redness or irritation. Not contagious. Rash 3 weeks Original rash looks like it's healing but skin around it is red and raised with tiny clear fluid blisters ?

I am experiencing  skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, flaking or scaling) . : Skin redness or irritation. Not contagious.  
Rash 3 weeks Original rash looks like it's healing but skin around it is red and raised with tiny clear fluid blisters ?

Sound like a burn: Your symptoms are suggestive of a burn, or sunburn, as in a 1st degree burn, where you have redness and blisters but no true deep skin damage. It is typical for a rash to clear and have blisters left over; they are tiny areas of inflammation fluid left over from the active rash process. It sounds like it is resolving. If it persists are recurs, you should probably see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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On my chest area, I have a skin irritation that appears round in form, is not itchy or bumpy rash. And is not contagiouse, what could this be?

On my chest area, I have a skin irritation that appears round in form, is not itchy or bumpy rash. And is not contagiouse, what could this be?

Tinea. Seborrhea: This could be seborrhea or may be tine versicolor, a mild fungal infection. Both will respond to topical antifungals such as ketoconazole cream. There are other possibilities but itvis not possible to tell from that description. ...Read more

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What types of rashes are contagious?

Viral,bacteria,fungi: Many skin rashes are caused by infections such as herpes, zoster, staph, and tinea. These rashes are all contagious and need to be treated. ...Read more

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These small rashes are appearing everywhere and have been for almost two weeks. They don't itch, burn, nor contagious. Can you tell me what it is?

These small rashes are appearing everywhere and have been for almost two weeks.  They don't itch,  burn, nor contagious.  Can you tell me what it is?

See your doctor: Its unfair to you for us to try to guess what kind of rash you have over the internet. Your doctor will be able to see it and feel it and give you an accurate answer. ...Read more

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What causes foot rashes? And are they contagious? Are they dangerous on health?

What causes foot rashes? And are they contagious? Are they dangerous on health?

Most commonly fungal: Infections affect the feet. If there is redness, scaling and itching it is often a fungal infection (tinea pedis). But it could also be scabies if it is in between the toes, flea bites or even cellulitis (bright red, painful and swollen), to name few. Any rash that does not resolve should be examined. ...Read more

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My kid got high fever followed by rashes like measles with brown vesicles extensively. What could be that? Is that contagious?

My kid got high fever followed by rashes like measles with brown vesicles extensively. What could be that?  Is that contagious?

Call doc or ER: You do not say how old your kid is, or if any other symptoms. I am concerned when you say brown vesicles all over. If an google image search of chicken pox does not show you an almost exact similarity, then this could be very serious. Call his doctor right now or go to the ER. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Getting red rashes that look like he fell on cement and are itchy. Been growing all over arms, back, back neck, shuns, elbows. What is it? Contagious?

Getting red rashes that look like he fell on cement and are itchy. Been growing all over arms, back, back neck, shuns, elbows. What is it? Contagious?

Scabies vs allergic: if no animals unlikley scabies [very itchy rash , like railroad tracks inbetween fingers, armpits , groin ect] but if in a hotel can get it if infected there or bed bugs. if so couldbe contagious but sometimes spouse doesn't get it while other does .wash all affected clothes house.animals, try bendaryl , hydrocortisone oint.otc but if doesn't go away see dr for eval. if scabies need 5% permethrin ...Read more

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How can skin rashes be treated?

How can skin rashes be treated?

Depends on the cause: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can dry skin cause rashes?

Can dry skin cause rashes?

Dry skin: It does not cause rashes but scales. if you scratch then it will develop some time. Moisturizing cream or lotions will be helpful. ...Read more

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How can I prevent skin rashes?

By determining the: cause of your rashes. If you have contact dermatitis - avoid the substances that trigger it. For instance- could you be allergic to soaps, lotions, clothing, etc? ...Read more

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Is scalded skin syndrome contagious?

Is scalded skin syndrome contagious?

Yes, to some...: ...Because it is caused by a staph bacteria. However, only young children (especially newborns) and individuals with bad kidneys or defective immune systems seem to be susceptible. Although it is a serious disease that requires immediate treatment, most of the time it looks worse than it really is, and kids generally get well within a week on antibiotic therapy. ...Read more

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Could lysol work on some skin rashes?

Could lysol work on some skin rashes?

Not recommended.: There are many types and causes of skin rashes that could cause itching. Several types of inflammatory conditions of the skin, allergic reactions, and sometimes bacterial, viral or fungal infections can cause rashes on the skin. Insect bites can also be the cause of a rash on the skin. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Rash (Definition)

A rash is a change to skin condition which can affect color, appearance, or texture. It may or may not ...Read more


Contagious (Definition)

One is able to transmit an infection to another by ...Read more