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What is the definition or description of: red scaling rash?

What is the definition or description of: red scaling rash?

Red scaling rash: Red scaling rashes generally fall into the category of "eczematous", meaning "like eczema". Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, and some bacterial and fungal infections fall into this category. Red scaling rashes are often itchy and can be oozing and uncomfortable. ...Read more

Dr. Ritu Saini
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Trichophyton (Definition)

Trichophyton is one of the common types of fungus that can infect the skin, called a "dermatophyte". It can cause ringworm of the skin (such as athlete's foot or jock itch) or of the scalp. It is usually diagnosed with a scraping of the skin and can be treated with topical medications if on the skin, or oral medicines if involving ...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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When certain part of my body heated up, red ring shaped rashes will pop out. Are they ringworm? They will get bigger and itchy.

When certain part of my body heated up, red ring shaped rashes will pop out. Are they ringworm? They will get bigger and itchy.

Hives: These sound like hives. There are many reasons to have hives including allergies however some people get them when they heat it up because a substance called histamine is released under the skin that causes these rashes. If it continues you should be seen by a doctor. ...Read more

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Could my baby be getting scaling red rashes on her knees due to the carpet?

Yes: The rash could be physical irritation from the carpet. It could also be a symptom of eczema or contact dermatitis. The first thing to do is apply some thick ointment to the rash and cover with long pants. If it is itchy, you could try some Hydrocortisone cream. If it is painful or oozing, this might require medical attention. ...Read more

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I have red/pink rashes spreading from trunk to my arms and legs. No fever. Is it pityriasis rosea? There is no herald patch, or scaling. Just bumps!

I have red/pink rashes spreading from trunk to my arms and legs. No fever. Is it pityriasis rosea? There is no herald patch, or scaling. Just bumps!

More details needed: Although this is most likely from a viral infection (which may not lead to a fever), there are many potential causes for a red rash (drug reaction etc). If the rash is improving and you are feeling ok otherwise, just keep an eye on it. If the problem fails to improve or persists >2 wks, consult a dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a circular red rash on my arm that's spreading. I have been treating it as ringworm but its not going away. Is it ringworm or something else?

I have a circular red rash on my arm that's spreading. I have been treating it as ringworm but its not going away. Is it ringworm or something else?

See your doctor: If you are using otc meds, the are not always effective. Sometimes a prescription antifungal is needed. But there are other types of rashes that can look like ringworm. See you doctor for a recheck. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a red rash around the inner elbow area. It doesn't appear to b ringworm.

My 4 year old has a red rash around the inner elbow area. It doesn't appear to b ringworm.

Rashes: Are hard to diagnose without being seen. A rash in the inner elbow area could be eczema. You can try coconut oil or aveeno (oatmeal) lotion and see if tat helps. You can also try over the counter steroid creams. Before you do anything take a picture to show your doctor in case none of the above helps and yo need to be seen, . ...Read more

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My 11 year old has a little rash on the inside of her wrist. It isn't red or itchy. It kind of forms a ring. Is it ringworm?

My 11 year old has a little rash on the inside of her wrist. It isn't red or itchy. It kind of forms a ring. Is it ringworm?

Don't know: Cant say without seeing a picture of it. Bring her to your pediatrician who can look at it and tell you. ...Read more

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I have a circular rash on my foot that was once red but is now more brown. It does not itch and has not spread or gotten bigger. Could it be ringworm?

I have a circular rash on my foot that was once red but is now more brown. It does not itch and has not spread or gotten bigger. Could it be ringworm?

Probably not: 'ringworm' as a dermatophytic skin infection usually itches. Nummular eczema sometimes masquerades as 'ringworm' but also itches. Probably a good idea to let your doctor take a look at this. Can't really tell from your description. ...Read more

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I have a red circle like rash that consumes most of my buttox and goes down my legs I've tried ointments and powders nothing gets rid of it. Don't think it is ringworm. But I'm not sure?

I have a red circle like rash that consumes most of my buttox and goes down my legs I've tried ointments and powders nothing gets rid of it. Don't think it is ringworm. But I'm not sure?

Annular rash: What ointments & powders have you tried? If you've used antifungals (lamisil, etc) without success, best to see fp or dermatologist. Rashes are often hard to diagnose without being seen, especially after they have been the object of hopeful treatments. ...Read more

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Rash red smallish bumps, itchy spread over months from nape of neck down back to thighs/. Doesn't look like ringworm but could be other fungal?

Rash red smallish bumps, itchy spread over months from nape of neck down back to thighs/. Doesn't look like ringworm but could be other fungal?

Best to have it: Looked at. Hard to say without additional information. May just be heat bumps and dry skin.In the meantime, you can take some antihistamines like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) Claritin, Allegra, zyrtec or any generic equivalent to stop you from itching and avoid skin infection. ...Read more

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I have ringworm on my chest. I applied apple cider vinegar and it turned the rash from red to brown in one application. Is this normal?

I have ringworm on my chest. I applied apple cider vinegar and it turned the rash from red to brown in one application. Is this normal?

Use an antifungal!: Ringworm is not a worm but a rash caused by a fungus. It can frequently be treated by an OTC med such as Lotrimin-AF (antifungal). If that doesn't work see your doc. ...Read more

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I have a skin rash only on the upper part of my arms. It looks similar to ringworm but isn't red ir itchy. I get it every year around october...

I have a skin rash only on the upper part of my arms. It looks similar to ringworm but isn't red ir itchy. I get it every year around october...

Dry skin?: It is not easy to guess what the problem is without examination the lesions and getting a more detailed history. Having said that, I would guess that dry skin is the likely cause (Oct is usually dry). Try applying a moisturizer on the area immediately after bathing and see if this helps. ...Read more

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Besides ringworm what kind of rash can cause a red circle  with a wart like skin tag on the breast area? It showed up over night

Besides ringworm what kind of rash can cause a red circle  with a wart like skin tag on the breast area? It showed up over night

Possible infection: Redness with a centrally raise area could be staph infection with acute onset. Since if this infection it could invove deeper breast tissue it is nest to e treated with antibiotics. See physician for proper diagnosis and treatment. If infection spreads to deepr tissue it amy result in scarring and potential future problems with mammography. ...Read more

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Red crusty rash from outside ankle bone to baby toe hurts but no swelling what could this be?

Red crusty rash from outside ankle bone to baby toe hurts but no swelling what could this be?

Skin condition: Possibly could be a form of athlete's foot. You could try a topical anti-fungal such as lotrimin (clotrimazole). If no relief, I would recommend evaluation by either a podiatrist or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Had rash for past 2 weeks. Started in face, spread to trunk and limbs. Small raised red dots and few larger irreg, scaly patches. No itch. What's it?

Rash: Do you have any underlying condition? Autoimmune disease? DM? Could be eczema, psoriasis, reaction to medication or food or other product, sometimes with strep can get rash, can be fungal infection like ringworm (scabies is usually itchy). Since it is 2 weeks and spreading, seek medical attention at doctor/ urgent care /dermatologist. ...Read more

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I have a pimply/red bump rash on my inner thighs by groin. Some have whiteheads/blister appear & peeling skin. Mild itch/discomfort. What could be?

I have a pimply/red bump rash on my inner thighs by groin. Some have whiteheads/blister appear & peeling skin. Mild itch/discomfort. What could be?

Friction: This type of eruption may be due to friction near the groin along with heat and moisture. Start be avoiding the wearing of tight jeans or pants. Wear boxer shorts. Try applying a combination corticosteroid and antiyeast cream like mycolog. See your Physician or a dermatologist if the eruption persists or worsens. ...Read more

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I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, flaking or scaling). Only on neck, little red patches, seem to transfer with contact (scratching).

I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, flaking or scaling). Only on neck, little red patches, seem to transfer with contact (scratching).

Many causes...: Itchy spots can be from many causes, such as: hives, viral infections, other infections, medication causes, hot-tub rashes, heat rashes, reactions to creams or lotions, allergic reactions to various things (including foods), internal disorders (such as kidney disease, auto-immune disease), etc... That means a rash that persists or is worrisome in appearance should be checked by a doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, ring shaped, flaking or scaling) wearing vinyl gloves?

I am experiencing skin rash (quality: itchiness, blisters, crusty, bumpy, red or bluish purple, ring shaped, flaking or scaling) wearing vinyl gloves?

Should be examined: Rashes are difficult to describe in words. Generalized spots that itch may be part of an allergic reaction, an irritant or chemical reaction, an infection, or a disorder inside the body. "Generalized" means the rash is all over the body. Bluish or purplish spots may be blood spots. Sometimes, spots have unknown causes. Rashes at work may be due to chemicals in gloves, solvents, detergents, etc... ...Read more

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Me & my fiancé are experiencing a red burning itchy scaling rash. Me on my butt & in the lining of the cheeks. Him on his inner thighs & stomach?

Me & my fiancé are experiencing a red burning itchy scaling rash. Me on my butt & in the lining of the cheeks. Him on his inner thighs & stomach?

Contact allergy?: May be a contact allergy that could be cause by laundry soap or other additive if you both use the same washing machine for clothes and sheets. Could possibly be bed bugs as well. Best to have your primary care examine the rash, and may need referral to a dermatologist. In the mean time, try to figure out what common environmental exposure you both have, and do some trial and error changes. ...Read more

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The rash notlike ringworms is like little pimples but plane and red, itchy, no hurt, no liquid, no blisters, not penis only around the anus, herpes?

The rash notlike ringworms is like little pimples but plane and red, itchy, no hurt, no liquid, no blisters, not penis only around the anus, herpes?

See a doctor: Answers on healthtap aren't intended for individual treatment, prescription or diagnosis, and even if they were this would have to be seen and examined. ...Read more

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My 8 month has a round red rash on her right cheek, is it eczema or ring worm? It doesn't seem to bother her and gives away with cortisone lotion

My 8 month has a round red rash on her right cheek, is it eczema or ring worm? It doesn't seem to bother her and gives away with cortisone lotion

Likely not ringworm: Skin rashes are common in infants & a single patch of rash can be a lot of things. From drool rash to ringworm to allergic reaction, etc. If it improves with hydrocortizone it is probably not ringworm. It doesn't sound worrisome at this point so you can bring it up with your pcp at the next scheduled visit. ...Read more

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I've got a rash all over my brest, neck, back ect. They are round dime size red dry in the center and red ring around them like ring worm. Antifungal cream hasn't worked at all and they are spreading all over. I work so much no time to do to a Dr. Please

I've got a rash all over my brest, neck, back ect. They are round dime size red dry in the center and red ring around them like ring worm. Antifungal cream hasn't worked at all and they are spreading all over. I work so much no time to do to a Dr. Please

Rash: This sound like pityriasis rosae. Starts with 1 big patch then spreads allover. It is caused by a virus & is a self limited condition that will resolve spontaneously over tIme. It is best if you show it to your Dr to make sure. Your health comes 1st. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can anyone identify a red skin rash (similar looking to ring worm) that would cause a raised red/pink welt and itch? (possibly autoimmune response)

Can anyone identify a red skin rash (similar looking to ring worm) that would cause a raised red/pink welt and itch? (possibly autoimmune response)

Rash: It sounds like you're talking about the hives or urticaria which is usually caused by allergy. Unfortunately it is impossible to give you a definitive diagnosis without seeing a picture of you lesion. Therefore, see your doctor for an exact diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Ringworm turned brown after two weeks of treatment. I am of darker skin. Redness, swelling and itching are gone. Is discoloration a sign of healing?

Ringworm turned brown after two weeks of treatment. I am of darker skin. Redness, swelling and itching are gone. Is discoloration a sign of healing?

Post inflammatory: Post inflammatory hyperpigmentation is a common and normal response during the healing process. When traumatized or infected skin heals, redness followed by dark discoloration often occurs. With time, the site will usually resume normal coloration to match the surrounding skin. Normalization may happen faster with good skin care with hypoallergenic washes and moisturizers. ...Read more

Red Scaling Rash (Definition)

Red scaling rashes generally fall into the category of "eczematous", meaning "like eczema". Eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, allergic or irritant contact dermatitis, and some bacterial and fungal infections fall into this category. Red scaling rashes are often itchy and can ...Read more


Dr. Subir Mitra
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Ringworm (Definition)

A superficial fungal infection (dermatophytosis) of the arms and legs. The same appearances of ringworm may also occur on the scalp (tinea capitis), beard area (tinea ...Read more