The term "rash," though often used by patients and clinicians alike, is a very general term that explains a number of different skin conditions. Rashes can be caused by a variety of factors including exposure to environmental agents, allergies, viruses, reaction to drugs and medications, and pests like lice or the scabies mite. While most rashes are not serious and last only a few hours to a day or two, some skin outbreaks can be indicators of life threatening conditions and it is important to understand the characteristics of these rashes.
Related categories 2
eMedicineHealth: Life-Threatening Skin Rashes
Describes the key signs and symptoms, including a list of associated diseases and conditions.
MayoClinic: Slide Show of Common Skin Rashes
Pictorial overview of the most common types of skin rashes.
Overview of the most common causes of rash. Includes guidance on when a rash might be dangerous or when a rash needs clinical evaluation.
NHS Choices: Pityriasis Rosea
Provides information on this rash of scaly, pink plaques. Includes a short video and details of symptoms, causes, diagnosis and treatment.
Last update:September 25, 2015 at 18:52:38 UTC