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I broke out with red like sunburn rash today all over body, took 50mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doesn't seem to help. Two days ago I was in bed all day because every joint in my body hurt and had no energy or strength... Not sure if it's related.

I broke out with red like sunburn rash today all over body, took 50mg benadryl (diphenhydramine) and doesn't seem to help. Two days ago I was in bed all day because every joint in my body hurt and had no energy or strength... Not sure if it's related.

Viral Illness: If your rash is red, raised, and itchy you could be suffering from acute hives (urticaria). Hives is a common manifestation during are shortly after a viral infection which it sounds like you are suffering from. Try treating with OTC nonsedating antihistamine like Zyrtec (cetirizine) 1-2 per day and symptomatic management (increased fluids, rest). If rash not responding see doctor to have evaluated. ...Read more

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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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I have been having pain that feels like a sunburn since, but there is no change to the look of the skin. No redness, inflammation, or rash. Why?

I have been having pain that feels like a sunburn since, but there is no change to the look of the skin. No redness, inflammation, or rash. Why?

See below....: How long has this been going on? It could possibly be the start of shingles and the rash just hasn't appeared yet. ...Read more

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My neck and chest feels sore to touch, similar sensation to sunburn (but it's not). There is no rash, redness or other symptoms. What could this be?

My neck and chest feels sore to touch, similar sensation to sunburn (but it's not). There is no rash, redness or other symptoms. What could this be?

Tenderness, dysthesia: Such tenderness, if it's the skin, without rash or redness, suggests a hypersensitivity of skin disorder. I would look for deficiencies of magnesium, calcium, iron, vitamin b12, and also check thyroid status. Anxiety is a possible cause also. Discuss this with your physician. ...Read more

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What type of rash is red and looks like sunburn and hurts?

What type of rash is red and looks like sunburn and hurts?

Drug reaction: Many things but the most serious is a drug reaction. I assume it's not a true sunburn. See a derm! ...Read more

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Can allergies cause a sunburn like red rash on body?

Can allergies cause a sunburn like red rash on body?

Possibly: It is difficult to know if the rash you describe is an allergic reaction or something else. See a doctor for evaluation. ...Read more

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I got a sunburn and a lot of skin peeled off. Now there are a ton of tiny blood red dots all over. Looks like a rash. What is it and will it go away?

I got a sunburn and a lot of skin peeled off. Now there are a ton of tiny blood red dots all over. Looks like a rash. What is it and will it go away?

Healing skin: Your skin has been damaged. Keep it well moisturized and use sunblock spf 30 or greater every 2 hours while outside. All sunblocks have to be applied every 2-3 hours no matter what the manufacturer says. ...Read more

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1 week ago I got a smooth red rash on my neck (looked like patch of sunburn), now it changed color to light brown and is scabby and dry. Is it normal?

1 week ago I got a smooth red rash on my neck (looked like patch of sunburn), now it changed color to light brown and is scabby and dry. Is it normal?

For a sun burn: What you described appears to be the usual progression of sun burn.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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Red welts no sunburn looking rash could it be hiv?

Red welts no sunburn looking rash could it be hiv?

HIV: This is conceivable, but no clinical findings are reliable in predicting HIV infection. If you have been potentially exposed it is wise to be tested. Good luck. ...Read more

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My 8 year old has red sunburn like rash on her hands and cheeks?

My 8 year old has red sunburn like rash on her hands and cheeks?

? Fifth's disease: Erythema infectiosum or fifth disease is caused by the parvo virus b-19. And can often present as a "slapped cheek" appearance of a rash that can also spread to the hands. It is self limiting and treatment is supportive. (rest, fluids, tylenol (acetaminophen) for fever and aches). If persists, see the dr. ...Read more

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Hi ever since I got sunburn in beginning of july I have a constant red itchy lumpy rash which is spreading up and down my forearms?

Hi ever since I got sunburn in beginning of july I have a constant red itchy lumpy rash which is spreading up and down my forearms?

May be allergic rash: Sunburn rash should have subsided by now. It may be due to allergy or fungal infection. your doctor may decide the treatment after examining your rash or see dermatologist. Application of 1% hydrocortisone cream may help. ...Read more

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I have a rash like sunburn on my upper thigh area and it's peeling like one to but doesn't hurt?

Red thigh: An examination is very important to diagnose you and you should see a dermatologist in person. There can be many possibilities like:
an allergic reaction to some medication or food.
Dry skin,
urticaria,
hypothyroidism,
kidney disease,
and others. ...Read more

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What would cause a red itchy rash in my pubic area? When I take my underwear off it looks like I have a sunburn where my underwear covers

What would cause a red itchy rash in my pubic area? When I take my underwear off it looks like I have a sunburn where my underwear covers

This may be a simple: fungus infection (jock itch) but to be certain you should see a health care professional. Treatment with any of the over the counter medications in the anti fungal aisle should be effective but a health care professional may be able to provide you with a prescription anti fungal that would be more effective. ...Read more

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Woke up with painful rash on my chest, deep red color looks like a sunburn, but no sun exposure. Anything to help sooth the pain. Pics in my file.

Woke up with painful rash on my chest, deep red color looks like a sunburn, but no sun exposure. Anything to help sooth the pain. Pics in my file.

Dermatitis: Sudden development of a painful skin rash can be related to multiple different diseases. However, in healthy individuals, it is usually a contact dermatitis caused by coming in contact with an irritant. Avoid new soaps, detergents, clothing, foods, medicines, perfumes, deoderants, etc that may be causing irritation. ...Read more

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I have a red rash, it looks like permanent bright sunburn under my eyes that goes away and reappears every 2 days for 2 months, now there is a blister?

I have a red rash, it looks like permanent bright sunburn under my eyes that goes away and reappears every 2 days for 2 months, now there is a blister?

Rash: Its hard to diagnose without examining, possibilities can include eczema, skin infection, viral rash, certain connective tissues disorder related rash etc. It's important that you consult with your GP first and if needed see dermatologist. ...Read more

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Why is my face always bright red? No rash, pimples, heat, blotches or sunburn (but looks like it). every day, all day. Stopped during chemo-now back.

Why is my face always bright red? No rash, pimples, heat, blotches or sunburn (but looks like it). every day, all day. Stopped during chemo-now back.

Red face: Did you have this rash before your chemotherapy? Did it appear after chemo? Does it itch?
See your dermatologist for evaluation.
Could it be rosa era? ...Read more

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My sunburn is so bad I can barely walk. What should I do? Aloe, cold water and ibuprofen are not helping. And now I'm noticing small purple rash like patches, but I'm not itchy.

My sunburn is so bad I can barely walk. What should I do? Aloe, cold water and ibuprofen are not helping. And now I'm noticing small purple rash like patches, but I'm not itchy.

Put the Fire Out.: You can start by having a doctor evaluate the true extent of the burn. A treatment plan will be more effective if you know just how bad it is. ...Read more

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I have had severe aching in my back and joints. No fever... Feel better with Advil (ibuprofen). Then it returns... Also have a rash like a sunburn this morn.?

I have had severe aching in my back and joints. No fever... Feel better with Advil (ibuprofen). Then it returns... Also have a rash like a sunburn this morn.?

See a doctor: Rahs and joint pain can be the result of many causes, it is best to be evaluated by a doctor to see the rash and make a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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What would cause a red itchy rash on top of foot above toes looks like sunburn, itchy, slightly tender occurred after onset of third day of period?

What would cause a red itchy rash on top of foot above toes looks like sunburn, itchy, slightly tender occurred after onset of third day of period?

Allergy: You could have shoe allergy. See your dermatologist for treatment and evaluation to get the correct diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Hi I have a red rash appeared on my wrist, it feels sore like when you get sunburnt any ideas what it could be?

Contact dermatitis?: Many things can cause rashes. The wrist is a common location for contact dermatitis from jewelry or watch bands. The other consideration is an allergic reaction to something topical like lotion or soap, or something ingested like certain foods. Infections can also cause rashes, so if you have fever or discharge from the rash see a physician. ...Read more

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Hello, I experience very unhealthy skin problems. My face is prone to allergies. If I shave, my skin turns rashy red. It is prone to sunburns.

Hello, I experience very unhealthy skin problems. My face is prone to allergies. If I shave, my skin turns rashy red. It is prone to sunburns.

Best sensitive shave: For sensitive skin, use a high quality 4 or 5 blade shaver like gillette or schick. Use pjur eros bodyglide as a shave lubricant. You won't react to it. If you still have trouble with this regimen, consider laser hair removal. ...Read more

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Red itchy rash under breast and groin area it looks like sun burn with bumps. I'm itchy all over but no rash other then those areas. What can this be?

Red itchy rash under breast and groin area it looks like sun burn with bumps. I'm itchy all over but no rash other then those areas. What can this be?

Yeast infection?: If you are overweight, the areas under the breasts, the love handle, and the groin are more susceptible to candida infection. If this applies to you, try to keep these areas dry by using antiperspirant. In the meanwhile try some anti-fungal cream on the areas for a few days. If still not improved after a week, see you doctor. For overweight people, losing some weight should be a long-term goal. ...Read more

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3yr old past 2 times in saltwater, sun, sunscreen gets red splottchy puffy rash under eyes and on cheek. Puked this time. Slightly sun burnt on back.

3yr old past 2 times in saltwater, sun, sunscreen gets red splottchy puffy rash under eyes and on cheek. Puked this time. Slightly sun burnt on back.

Allergic reaction or sun exposu: This sounds like a generalized allergic reaction. It could be to salt water, a pathogen in the saltwater, the sunscreen, or something in the sand. Also combination of sun exposure can cause dehydration which can present that these symptoms. Push fluids and administer benadryl (diphenhydramine). If in doubt take the child to the er or pediatrician. ...Read more

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Sun burn feeling rash between legs by knees localized in same spots on both sides, no itching, red.

Sun burn feeling rash between legs by knees localized in same spots on both sides, no itching, red.

Contact dermatitis?: Sounds like you could be having a reaction to something. The detergent you use on your clothes, a soap, or lotion, etc. Stop any new products, and go fragrance free. If you are wearing spandex or clothes with spandex, then a reaction to the spandex could be a problem, too. Over the counter hydrocortisone cream will help if this is the cause. If it does not or gets hot or painful, worse-see MD ...Read more

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I have a rash like redness sporadic on my body. Has come and gone for years but seems to be getting worse. It itches but not flaky. Any remedy ideas?

I have a rash like redness sporadic on my body. Has come and gone for years but seems to be getting worse. It itches but not flaky. Any remedy ideas?

Hives?: Hives are an allergic type of rash that can be related to a reaction to medications, foods, underlying infections, collagen vascular diseases and even cancer. When all of these causes are ruled out we often attribute them to stress. Treatment usually includes antihistamines and sometimes more aggressive treatments such as Prednisone or a new drug that just got approved for chronic hives - xolair. ...Read more

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I have developed a rash-like hives on my face on friday. It is swollen a little, with redness and itchiness, and it is still there. What could it be?

I have developed a rash-like hives on my face on friday. It is swollen a little, with redness and itchiness, and it is still there. What could it be?

Many possibilities: Itchy facial rash can be from allergic reaction to drugs, chemicals, cosmetics, insect bites and many others. Start with your primary care doctor for examination and treatment. ...Read more

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Can whole body itching and skin redness (rash-like when touched) from cipro (ciprofloxacin) last for more than a week?

Can whole body itching and skin redness (rash-like when touched) from cipro (ciprofloxacin) last for more than a week?

Unlikely...: The abx should be out of your system by now, and the skin reaction should at least be fading. If not, consider reviewing your current med list to find your culprit - good luck. ...Read more

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Can you sunburn without redness?

Can you sunburn without redness?

Not possible: Sunburn is response of tissues to injury from solar radiation. It is inflammation (red, hot, swelling, pain (which increases blood flow to the area to promote healing. Do not use ice as this injures already injured skin. Cool water soaks help as can taking anti-inflammation medicines like Motrin or advil (ibuprofen). Avoid any further damage as this can cause scarring. Good skin cream applied daily/gently help. ...Read more

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How do I reduce the redness on a sunburn?

How do I reduce the redness on a sunburn?

Aloe Barbadensis: (aloe vera) can v redness, pain, itching ; swelling from burns. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial ; antifungal qualities. It speeds burn healing by stimulating new skin growth. V pain by placing cool, moist compresses on skin. Nsaid's ; Acetaminophen can help. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used for itching. Hydrate well ; don't peel off deep layers. See dr for severe burns. ...Read more

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How to soothe sunburn and help the redness go down overnite?

No fast fix: There's no fast fix for sunburn. The following may help: keep it cool with ice compresses/cool towels. Keep it moist: aloe vera gel or moisturizer. Decrease inflammation by taking over counter anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen or Aspirin per label instructions: (aspirin not recommended for children or teens as may cause reye's syndrome). ...Read more

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What is the best way to soothe sunburns and help the redness go down?

What is the best way to soothe sunburns and help the redness go down?

Topical treatment: The best treatment for sunburn is prevention with sunscreens, sun protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses. If redness and discomfort occur, topical non steroidal and oral anti-inflammatory medications will help the symptoms. Also, topical corticosteroid may relieve itching as the skin heals. Cool compresses and luke warm baths may also reduce pain and itch. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of sunburn redness?

How can I get rid of sunburn redness?

Fades with Time.: Keep sunburn cool w moist cool/cold compresses. Avoid alcohol containing products. Break off pieces of aloe vera plant & apply sap to skin. Consider non-steroidal anti-inflammatory meds to reduce pain. Don’t yank off peeling skin or burst blisters. Seek med care for severe pain, fever, lack of improvement of sxs w/i several days or if a large surface area is blistered. Drink H2O. ...Read more

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How can get rid of sunburn redness fast!?

Not fast!: Aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) can v redness, pain, itching ; swelling from burns. It has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial ; antifungal qualities. It speeds burn healing by stimulating new skin growth. V pain by placing cool, moist compresses on skin. Nsaid's ; Acetaminophen can help. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be used for itching. Hydrate well ; don't peel off deep layers. See dr for severe burns. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Sunburn (Definition)

An intense inflammatory response to excessive sun exposure that represents the body's reaction to the tissue damage resulting ...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