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Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Contagious itchy skin with no rash until scratched?

Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Board Certified, Family Medicine
9 years in practice
15M people helped
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 isn't helping, make sure to check in with your doc! ...Read more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


Dr. Arthur Balin
Board Certified, Dermatology
42 years in practice
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Is herpes rash contagious? Specifically what kind of skin to skin contact will spread herpes?

Dr. Arthur Balin
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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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Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
41 years in practice
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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?

Dr. James Ferguson
Board Certified, Pediatrics
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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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Dr. Michael Finkelstein
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Finkelstein
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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

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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Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

Dr. Michael Fisher
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

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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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Board Certified, Psychiatry
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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

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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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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Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
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What types of rashes are contagious?

Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

Dr. Michael Sparacino
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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?

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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Dr. Melissa Haglund
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What causes foot rashes? And are they contagious? Are they dangerous on health?

Dr. Melissa Haglund
Board Certified, Internal Medicine
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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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Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
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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?

Dr. Morris Westfried
Board Certified, Dermatology
41 years in practice
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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?

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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Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

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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