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How can I manage a rash that is spreading quickly?

How can I manage a rash that is spreading quickly?

See a doctor...: See a doctor quickly. There are some rashes that are of obvious origin (bedbug bites, for example, are hard to confuse with anything else, once you know what they look like), but rashes can be infectious, allergic, or other, and may be a sign of a serious problem. Or not. ...Read more

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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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How can I tell if a rash is scabies? What does a rash that is caused by scabies look like? How will i know if my rash is from scabies? .

How can I tell if a rash is scabies? What does a rash that is caused by scabies look like?  How will i know if my rash is from scabies?

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Varies: There is a classic scabies rash but you may be uncommon and still have scabies! usually, itchy rash worse at night which spares the neck and face. Look for burrows on the hands and feet or in the finger webs. Burrows are short, wavy, scaly gray lines on the skin surface. Rash may be on inside wrist, elbows, underarms, under breasts, abdomen, genital and buttocks region and be just scabs too! ...Read more

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How can I tell if a rash is scabies? What does a rash that is caused by scabies look like? How will i know if my rash is from scabies? .

How can I tell if a rash is scabies? What does a rash that is caused by scabies look like?  How will i know if my rash is from scabies?

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Varies: There is a classic scabies rash but you may be uncommon and still have scabies! usually, itchy rash worse at night and which spares the neck and face. Look for burrows on the hands and feet or in the finger webs. Burrows are short, wavy, scaly gray lines on the skin surface. Rash may be on inside wrist, elbows, underarms, under breasts, abdomen, genital and buttocks region and can look scabs too! ...Read more

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Can a tattoos get infected and cause a rash like exzema? How is this treated?

Can a tattoos get infected and cause a rash like exzema? How is this treated?

Tattoos: You can become allergic to the dye in the tattoo and develop an eczematous reaction. They can get infected too if you just had them and the instruments were not clean, see your doctor for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have poison oak and need to get rid of it fast without seeing a doctor how can this be done?

I have poison oak and need to get rid of it fast without seeing a doctor how can this be done?

No quick fix: Poison ivy is a chemical contact dermatitis that lasts 10-14 days. Oral steroids can lessen the eruption and partially shorten the course, but they require a prescription. Otc and homeopathic treatments are at best minimally effective. Sorry. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to cure a red bumpy rash that is developing on my face?

Can you tell me how to cure a red bumpy rash that is developing on my face?

Get it evaluated: See a dermatologist and determine the cause first. Then treat. ...Read more

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I have itchy skin that goes away with zyrtec (cetirizine). What is this and how can I fix it without medications?

I have itchy skin that goes away with zyrtec (cetirizine). What is this and how can I fix it without medications?

Allergy/dry skin?: Since you noticed an improvement with zyrtec (cetirizine) (an antihistamine), it's possible that you are experiencing allergic symptoms to something you are eating, breathing, or are otherwise in contact with. An allergist can help you sort this out. Remember, though, the most common cause of itching is simply dry skin. An inexpensive skin lubricant (eucerin, lubriderm, etc.) may help. Good luck. Lgromkomd. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have eczema on your lips, if so how can I treat it?

Is it possible to have eczema on your lips, if so how can I treat it?

Yes: You can have eczema on your lips when you come in contact with an allergen that you are allergic sometimes called contact dermatitis. It is treated with steroid cream. The otc is Hydrocortisone other stronger steroids you need a script from your md. ...Read more

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My face suddenly erupted in rash type papules what is it and what can I do to treat?

Many possibilities: There are a number of possibilities to consider from allergic reactions to auto immune diseases and a multitude of things in between. From your description it is not possible to say with certainty what could be happening to you. I think it is best for you to be seen. ...Read more

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How can I get scabies and how is it spread?

How can I get scabies and how is it spread?

Contact: Scabies is usually spread by close physical contact. It can also be spread by using the same bedding or clothing as someone who is infected with scabies. ...Read more

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Baby has herpangina or possible impetigo what can I do and Is it a life long virus ?

Baby has herpangina or possible impetigo what can I do and Is it a life long virus ?

Confusing statement: Herpangina is in the mouth, impetigo is on the skin. It is one or the other by location. Herpangina is caused by a transient virus which disappears after the infection is over. Impetigo is caused by bacteria that can be killed off, but could come back with a new exposure. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to get rid of oral thrush if it has spread onto your throat?

How difficult is it to get rid of oral thrush if it has spread onto your throat?

It can be difficult: if it is in the throat, however, that's what we have systemic treatments like diflucan (fluconazole) for! You should see your doctor for definitive diagnosis, and get a prescription for an anti fungal such as diflucan (fluconazole). Good luck! ...Read more

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I have a rash that has tiny blackheads that also are very itchy and stinging. Can you give me an idea how I can treat this rash. it is only on my ches?

I have a rash that has tiny blackheads that also are very itchy and stinging. Can you give me an idea how I can treat this rash. it is only on my ches?

Blackheads in 50 yo: Soap and water work for black heads. On only one side of chest in a narrow band and really stinging, consider shingles which is treated with prescribed drug. However, if the "blackheads" are not clearing up, ... at your age you may have a serious skin disease that needs dermatology evaluation and even biopsy (eg for melanoma). ...Read more

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Please answer ASAP my daughter is 4 months and has a ringworm can that be deadly? and what can I use to get rid of it?

Please answer ASAP my daughter is 4 months and has a ringworm can that be deadly? and what can I use to get rid of it?

Easily treated: A ringworm is a type of fungal infection. The characteristic ring it forms with raised red borders may give it it's name. A topical antifungal cream can be applied to the area which will completely treat this skin condition. This is definitely not deadly only bothersome. ...Read more

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What is the best way to treat an itchy rash? Does not seem to be poison ivy and is not like hives and not a bite

What is the best way to treat an itchy rash?  Does not seem to be poison ivy and is not like hives and not a bite

Itchy skin: The most important thing is to make sure your skin is moisturized. You can also try an antihistamine to reduce itching and if the rash is bad or persitstant, see a dermatologist. ...Read more

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How to know when a poison ivy rash is infected or needs to be treated?

How to know when a poison ivy rash is infected  or needs to be treated?

Pus formation: Severe, extensive poison ivy rash could benefit from treatment. If there are any areas with pus formation that would indicate infection and you should seek care. ...Read more

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Is there a way to quickly get rid of the blister in my mouth? Is it better to pop it or leave it as is?

Is there a way to quickly get rid of the blister in my mouth? Is it better to pop it or leave it as is?

Salt water swish: It is probably a benign apthous ulcer which can be relieved by mixing one tablespoon of salt in a glass of warm water and swishing in mouth for 2 minutes and spitting out repeating 3 times a day. ...Read more

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How can I manage a rash that is spreading quickly?

See a doctor...: See a doctor quickly. There are some rashes that are of obvious origin (bedbug bites, for example, are hard to confuse with anything else, once you know what they look like), but rashes can be infectious, allergic, or other, and may be a sign of a serious problem. Or not. ...Read more

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Why do rashes spread so easily?

Why do rashes spread so easily?

Some spread some not: Some rashes can be contagious from one part of the body to others. Some rashes represent the over enthusiasm of the immune system to a virus or infection and since the virus is everywhere in the body, so is the rash. Other rashes don't spread at all. It really depends on the rash. ...Read more

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What types of rashes can rats spread to humans?

Contact dermatitis: If an indoor - outdoor cat or other pet gets an allergin like poisen ivy on their fur this may be spred to his owners. ...Read more

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If i touch the blister or the rashes, then i touch other parts of my body, will it spread?

If i touch the blister or the rashes, then i touch other parts of my body, will it spread?

If the blister: Or rash is caused by bacteria or viruses, yes it can spread. Exact likelihood depends on many things such as number of organisms transmitted. ...Read more

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My sister has a rash that looks like it might've started out as a spider bite. Can some bites form rashes that spread quickly?

My sister has a rash that looks like it might've started out as a spider bite. Can some bites form rashes that spread quickly?

Abscess?: If there is any evidence of pus or an abscess this needs to be seen urgently. And, any spreading rash should be evaluated in person urgently. ...Read more

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Hi, my boy(11mnth) developed having rashes on his cheek when he was 3months old..than it slowly spread all over his body..I m using physiogel products?

Hi, my boy(11mnth) developed having rashes on his cheek when he was 3months old..than it slowly spread all over his body..I m using physiogel products?

Rash: As I've said before, it is difficult do rashes without seeing them. However, my best guess is eczema. Sensitive, allergic skin. Especially if it's itchy. If it's that widespread, I would have it checked out. ...Read more

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My friend has a skin rash, he said it started out small and just it started to spread. Red areas and is itchy. What kind of rashes could it be?

My friend has a skin rash, he said it started out small and just it started to spread. Red areas and is itchy. What kind of rashes could it be?

Multiple causes: If could be related to bites/scabies or may have started from something his skin came in contact with. Have your doctor examine it to make the diagnosis and begin proper treatment. All the best ...Read more

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I have some rashes that started 3 days ago. It's around my chest area. It's like a cluster or red tiny bumps and now spread to underneath armpits?

I have some rashes that started 3 days ago.  It's around my chest area.  It's like a cluster or red tiny bumps and now spread to underneath armpits?

Virus: Rash of localized "red bumps... Which spread from chest to armpit", in a middle age man, is compatible with shingles. The virus follows nerve tracts, suggested by this pattern of evolution. If caught early enough, a course of medication can be prescribed by doctor to abort the advancing infection. ...Read more

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8 months baby girl. Few weeks ago she started having rashes around her neck and now it has spreads on her back & front, it's itchy, dry, scaling. What can we do?

8 months baby girl. Few weeks ago she started having rashes around her neck and now it has spreads on her back & front, it's itchy, dry, scaling. What can we do?

Dry skin: Eczema / Atopic Dermatitis is characterized by dry, sensitive, itchy skin. The skin is unable to maintain moisture in these patients. Sometimes it is caused by an allergy. Hydration with an emolient is the most important preventative strategy. Bath her only once a day in luke warm water, dress her in cool cotton clothing. Sometimes cortisone cream is needed in acute flare ups. ...Read more

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I keep on having red rashes and it spreads in my body whenever I scratch it. Previous doctor told me it's urticaria. What's the best thing should I do?

Dermatographic: This can best be controlled with an antihistamine- if the rash only occurs with scratching. If they are raised without having been scratched, then they are hives which likewise can usually be controlled with antihistamne 2-4 x daily. ...Read more

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I have rashes on my hands, It starts as a tiny blood clot, develops a wound,the brown part rips off and leaves behind a mark which itches and spreads?

I have rashes on my hands, It starts as a tiny blood clot, develops a wound,the brown part rips off and leaves behind a mark which itches and spreads?

Rash: There are many possibilities. The most likely is a fungal rash. Try OTC lotrimin (clotrimazole) twice a day for a week on the rash. If it does not improve or resolve, then have your rash looked at by your doctor or a dermatologist. ...Read more

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Itchy inner thighs (rashes)swollen large patches. When I spread my legs it's like a half basketball size. Symmetrical. 5days so far. Can't be friction?

Possible: Possibly heat rash. Also may be fungal or even an allergic reaction or sensitivity to your underwear. Consider chaffing gel, and cotton only underwear or boxers. If fungal may benefit from over the counter fungal products. If gets worse or persists, I would seek out an opinion from your family doc to get a look at it and possibly benefit from a prescription. ...Read more

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I have painless non itchy skin coloured rashes on my vagina for the past 2 yrs.i am not sexually active.now the rashes begin to spread on perineum.

You should absolute-: ly see your doctor to evaluate. There are many things this could be including infection, pigmentation alteration, but doctor should be able to diagnose and treat ...Read more

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Have a rash on left arm that was originally from mosquito bite now spread on arm back of neck and ears no where else .I have had similar rashes.. ?

Have a rash on left arm that was originally from mosquito bite now spread on arm back of neck and ears no where else .I have had similar rashes.. ?

Skeeter Syndrome: The skeeter syndrome is an allergic reaction to mosquito bites, and is characterized by inflammatory processes and fever. The condition develops because of allergenic polypeptides present in the saliva of the mosquito and hence, is not infectious. ...Read more

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Two rashes on each hip that are fairly minor. The rash has spread to other areas in a minor way. Sore throat now. Works out / healthy Any suggestions?

Two rashes on each hip that are fairly minor. The rash has spread to other areas in a minor way. Sore throat now. Works out / healthy Any suggestions?

See your doctor: YOur doctor can examine your rash and make a diagnosis. She will help you treat this as well. While you are seeing your doctor have her check your throat. There are occasional rashes with strep throat. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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What causes a rash to spread?

What causes a rash to spread?

Depends on cause: Rashes can be caused by outside substances, or reactions within the skin or blood system, and other causes. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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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