A rash is an eruption or efflorescence on the skin.
A rash is a patch or diffuse eruption on the skin. Skin rashes can be due to a variety of conditions, the most common of which are eczema and psoriasis. Infections and medications (drug allergies) are also common causes.
At-home interventions, such as avoiding harsher soaps and detergents or other irritants and applying creams or lotions, can lessen symptoms or reduce the risk of flare-ups. Medicated creams or ointments can lessen symptoms.
For all skin rashes, the following simple measures at home can help relieve symptoms:
- Avoid soaps, shower gels and bubble baths
- Use non-perfumed products
- Apply moisturiser frequently
There are a number of types of eczema (dermatitis). The terms eczema and dermatitis can mean the same thing.
Common types include: