Heat rash occurs when the flow of sweat is obstructed as pores trap perspiration under your skin. It is usually caused by hot, humid weather or wearing tight fitting clothes. Symptoms can appear as small, red bumps that may cause itching. A type of heat rash, known as miliaria, will produce clear, fluid-filled bumps. Topical ointments can help to clear up the symptoms. For more serious cases topical steroids may be needed.
Rosacea (roe-ZAY-she-uh) is an inflammatory type of rash that causes redness on the face. It may produce small bumps red in color and possibly pus-filled. Rosacea is a chronic condition and if left untreated, tends to worsen over time. There is no cure for rosacea but treatments may help to control or reduce the signs and symptoms. Rosacea can be mistaken for acne, an allergic reaction or other skin problems. A doctor will be able to give you a proper diagnosis and prescribe treatment.
Shingles is a viral infection that can cause a painful rash on the body. It most often develops as a single stripe of blisters across the trunk of the body, wrapping around either the left or right side of the torso. If you have had chickenpox you may develop shingles. Treatments include a vaccine to help with pain relief, antiviral medications, or numbing agents administered as a spray, patch, or injection. There's no cure for shingles, but if it is treated right away you can speed the healing and reduce the risk of complications. A chickenpox vaccine in childhood or a shingles vaccine as an adult can minimize the risk of developing shingles.
Eczema is a rash that produces an oozing, crusting condition mainly on the face and scalp. Some substances or conditions such as animal dander or certain household products may cause people to experience "flare-ups" of the rash. There is no cure for eczema but relief can come from prescription creams and ointments which can lessen inflammation.
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