There are certain medical conditions usually characterized by a rash and fever – which, when both are present, usually signify a bacterial (treatable with antibiotics) or viral infection (which must run its course) that will most likely require medical attention. Some of these conditions are preventable by regularly washing hands, covering exposed skin when in wooded areas, getting vaccinated, being cautious around your pets and other animals, and steering clear of others who are infected. We’ll look at a breakdown of various conditions that fit the profile, though there are nearly 100 other such conditions.
Scarlet Fever is primarily a childhood disease caused by the same bacteria responsible for strep throat, In streptococcus, the disease usually starts with a fever (above 101 degrees) and sore throat. Then a distinct rough-textured, itchy, red rash soon appears in the neck and chest area and spreads over the entire body. Additional flu-like symptoms may follow, including chills, headache, muscle aches, stomachache, strawberry tongue (swollen and red), and vomiting. Scarlet fever is transmitted through contact with mucosa from a person’s nose or mouth. Antibiotics are used for treatment to kill the bacteria. Read the rest of this entry »
Eczema is a dry, itchy, scaly rash that occurs both in children and adults. It is usually the result of an allergic reaction to eating certain foods or direct contact with skin irritants, which can be anything from clothing and detergent to a pet or perfume. Eczema can be treated with topical creams, steroid injections, oral medicines, holistic remedies and dietary changes.
There are certain foods in particular that tend be causes of eczema in rash sufferers. For example, milk and dairy products trigger eczema in a lot of people, and it’s much more than simply being lactose intolerant. There are many who are lactose intolerant where cow’s milk and dairy just don’t agree with their stomachs and digestive system, but many of these same people don’t have eczema. Read the rest of this entry »
If you are a diabetic you probably already know that a host of conditions come along with it. One of the things you just have to deal with is the skin issues with diabetes. It’s just part of the disease. These common skin conditions do not exclusively strike diabetics but they are more common.
Infections And Diabetes
One of the major skin issues with diabetes involves an increased susceptibility to infections. Infections may appear as bacterial infections of different varieties. Diabetics are more prone to develop a pesky annoying sty which is an infection of some of the eyelid glands. They are painful and annoying, but generally not serious. Diabetics are also more prone to develop boils which are red infected hair follicles. Again they are generally not serious but they are certainly no fun. Another type of bacterial infection are carbuncles. These are deeper infections of either the skin or the tissue beneath the skin. Read the rest of this entry »
Is your kitty driving you crazy with endless scratching? Well if you think it’s driving you crazy, just think of poor Fluffy. There could be many reasons for Fluffy’s plight but veterinarians have identified some of the most probable causes of skin problems in cats. If any of these sound familiar you’ll at least have a place to start.
Physical Injuries And Cats
This is probably the most common skin problem. It will likely show up after your cat has been in a fight and can take the form of an abscess. Scratches, bites and puncture wounds can become infected. They may become firm and painful swellings. They are most common on your cat’s forward areas and on her tummy although they do appear on kitty’s hind quarters if she decided to beat feet from a fight and didn’t quite make it. The best prevention is to keep your little buddy indoors. Read the rest of this entry »
Eczema is skin disorder that is a form of dermatitis, and it’s most common symptoms are; reddening of the skin, inflammation, blistering, crusting, cracking and even bleeding. It is believed that at least ten percent of the population suffers from this disease.
Even with this high percentage of sufferers, the exact cause is still not known, however the belief is that it is a combination of hereditary and oversensitive immune factors. Many researchers feel that food allergies and eczema are related, and believe that given this importance, feel that the symptoms can be helped by dietary changes. There is no proper way to eat for eczema, however with planning, a person can identify which foods cause them to react. Certain individuals may have an allergic reaction to dairy products while others are with them. What some people recommend is to try an elimination diet, one in which certain food are eliminated until the cause can be identified. It takes a bit of detective work to reach answers. Read the rest of this entry »
Drugs, whether they be prescription, over the counter or illegal, all have the ability to produce a different reaction in different individuals. Any chemical that is put into the body puts an individual at risk for developing side effects. One of the most common reaction is a rash. So what are common drug rashes you should look out for?
There are various types of rashes. The type of rash an individual experiences will depend upon the type of drug ingested. A rash can be mild, or it can be severe. There are three types of drug rashes. One is a rash that is a true allergic reaction to a medicine. Another is an unwanted reaction to a medication. The last type is a rash that happens when you take a medication and then expose the skin to sunlight. Let’s look at the types of rashes in more detail. Read the rest of this entry »
Ringworm is a highly contagious, fungal infection that occurs on the surface of the skin, displaying a thick, red, itchy, raised, circular rash. The center of the rash is usually clear or white, but the edges are dark, jagged, red, scaly and crusted over so that it resembles other common skin conditions. Ringworm is usually contracted in moist, high-traffic areas as a result of skin-to-skin contact with other infected persons, animals, and any items those infected have come in direct contact with.
People have misconceptions about ringworm pictures and when it’s actually ringworm you’re dealing with. When ringworm appears on the hands and extremities especially, it is easy to confuse a ringworm rash with that of eczema or psoriasis. An adult eczema rash looks very much like ringworm and it even occurs quite commonly on the hands. Seasoned doctors may not even be able to tell the difference by looking with their plain eyes. Instead, they may have to utilize a Wood’s lamp, which gives off a blue fluorescent light that does make diagnosing the condition possible just by looking or they may have to scrape the infected area and take a closer microscopic look to make a clear distinction. Read the rest of this entry »
Plaque psoriasis is the most common form of psoriasis, making up approximately 90% of all cases of the skin condition. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system is tricked into believing that the skin itself is a threat, so in response the immune system gets into gear and tries to quickly grow new and healthy skin cells. The result is an overproduction of skin cells that overlap one another and create a red, itchy buildup of dry scales on the skin surface.
These scaly patches can appear in various small areas of the body or merge together to create giant patches that cover quite a bit of the skin’s surface. The elevated scales and patches that form on the skin are what are referred to as plaques, hence the name. In some rare instances plaque psoriasis has no visible effects on the skin. Read the rest of this entry »
Eczema is a skin condition characterized by itchy, red patches that show up on various areas of the body, in response to skin irritants, dryness, allergies or even stress. Anyone who suffers with the condition would gladly welcome relief to the incessant itching and unsightly scabs and scales it produces on the surface of the skin. The primary way to fight eczema is to keep the skin moisturized and hydrated, because dryness is largely the reason eczema thrives.
Itchy, dry skin is also often the result of not drinking enough water or external hydration and moisturization. The rashes that appear with eczema are also the result of the body’s natural immune response to irritants and toxins that are within or outside the body. As the body seeks to get rid of those toxins and impurities, to essentially push their way out through the skin, rashes can form. Read the rest of this entry »
Rashes may spring up every now and then as a simple reaction to some minor irritation like an insect bite or a new detergent. Rashes can also be the result of an infection, allergic reaction, autoimmune disorder, dry skin, hormonal imbalances, or any number of things. Some rashes itch quite a bit, while others do not.
Rashes come in all different shapes and sizes, sometimes with accompanying symptoms that indicate the source of the rash. Just as pain is an indicator that something is wrong, a rash can serve as a signpost that something deeper is going on, something much more serious. We will more closely examine rashes that are associated with a few serious and sometimes life-threatening conditions. Read the rest of this entry »
Winter chill, cold winds and dry air can be quite a rude awakening for the skin. When the body is used to warmer weather and more humid conditions the rest of the year, the sudden shift to cold, dry conditions begins to affect the surface of the skin. This often results in rashes, flakiness, peeling, cracking and, in extreme cases, bleeding and infections as a side effect of scratching.
Winter rash can be displayed anywhere on the body, and unlike other types of rashes that may come and go in a few days or with mild, topical treatments; winter rash has been known to hang around throughout the cold season. A dermatologist can help you to determine the real source of the skin condition, but some common reasons will be discussed here. Read the rest of this entry »
When you think of fabrics that keep you warm during the winter, wool often comes to mind. Wool is known for its ability to insulate and keep you warm, to absorb moisture, to resist static electricity, and for being inflammable – all of which are great – but wool is also known to be generally coarse and itchy. A simple, no-fuss option might be to use cotton instead because it is soft, breathable, often cheaper and less likely to itch or cause an allergic reaction. Wool clothing, unlike cotton, is more durable, holds its shape better after use, and retains its colors better. A higher thread count in wool fabrics also means a softer texture, which may be easier on the skin.
Wool clothing can exacerbate itching that is already associated with certain skin conditions like eczema rashes, plaque psoriasis, or chicken pox. This coarseness in wool fabrics is usually attributed to the way the wool was manufactured and how the sheep the wool was drawn from was raised. Let’s look at the process involved. Read the rest of this entry »
Everyone has known the discomfort and irritation of a rash. A rash is a common occurrence, which usually signals that the skin has come in contact with some sort of irritation, that there is an underlying disease or infection, or some type of allergy is involved. There is generally a need for concern when a rash lasts longer than a few days.
Babies and senior citizens are particularly susceptible to getting rashes because of the delicateness of their skin. As humans age, our skin begins to thin out and lose some of its protective qualities, and naturally our immune systems aren’t as strong, so our bodies are more prone to skin irritations, diseases and infections. There are a number of skin rashes that often affect the elderly and can cause or be the sign of other more harmful illnesses – shingles, eczema, and psoriasis, to name a few. Shingles, also known as herpes zoster, is a skin condition common to senior citizens, which is the result of a reoccurrence of chicken pox in the latter years of life. Read the rest of this entry »
Some of the common causes of itching problems in children are scabies, atopic dermatitis, certain types of eczema, insect bites and bacterial rashes. Identifying scabies in children can be a challenging task because it can be very confusing. It may require more than one visit to the doctor to be able to recognise it due to similarities with other rashes. Though it treatable with permethrin, infected children are likely to go through frustration before the scabies is eliminated.
Itching is a strong urge and tough for children to resist. It is even hard for some adults to ignore the urge to scratch the skin. The risk of scratching is that it can lead to an infection. Explain this to your child and also help them out by checking with your doctor about using an antihistamine. Also ask him about an appropriate lotion to soothe the sensations. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s estimated that around thirty percent of Americans suffer from atopic eczema and many millions of research hours have been spent trying to find the cause and cure for this chronic disease.
Many believe that atopic eczema was caused by external or environmental factors, but some believes that eczema is due to a dietary deficiency, specifically essential fatty acids (EFAs). As early as the 1930s scientists were looking at a deficiency of omega-6 as a primary cause of eczema, and years later they discovered that topical application of EFAs relieved many of the symptoms. Read the rest of this entry »
I was reading an internet news site and saw a story about a woman that was in a hospital at Burnaby in the UK and given the wrong antibiotic. She actually took her own benadryl to deal with the rash and allergic symptoms that were growing until staff realized the problem.
The woman was in the hospital initially for ongoing throat pain. They gave her an IV of antibiotics to treat this, however it was the medications that were intended for the woman in the next room. She noticed a rash as the antibiotic drip was going into her system. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you have a rash or skin care problem which is worrying you? If so you may be wondering when to see a dermatologist. People will see a specialist when they have a skin rash, but there are also other times to have your skin by a dermatologist. For instance, it is helpful to know your family history and if there have been incidents of skin cancer or moles that been found to be problematical. These specialists deal with skin care from both a cosmetic and medical perspective.
One’s family physician can identify a number of skin problems, but often a dermatologist can help further analyze one’s situation. Furthermore, if one had a skin biopsy due to moles or lesions, many times the dermatologist will have you schedule another appointment six months or one year later to stay on top of the situation. Certain conditions such as psoriasis, folliculitis, severe eczema and drug rashes are often referred to a dermatologist for his or her expertise. Read the rest of this entry »
Hydrocortisone cream is a commonly prescribed medication for the relief of conditions such as minor skin irritations, usually including those caused by insect bites, eczema rash symptoms, poison ivy, and other allergy-causing substances. It is also sometimes prescribed for itchy rectal areas and irritations of the scalp area. Over the counter it is one percent concentration and you can get ointments or prescription creams that are 2.5 percent in concentration for more serious situations of inflammation.
Each gram of hydrocortisone cream, USP 2.5% normally contains 25mg of hydrocortisone as the active ingredient in a water-washable base composed of isopropyl palmitate, metyhlparaben, mineral oil or lanolin alcohol, cetyl alcohol, polysorbate 40, propylene glycol stearate, propylene glycol, sorbic acid, stearyl alcohol, xanthan gum, sorbitan palmitate, and purified water. Hydrocortisone is actually a steroid hormone that is needed for some bodily functions. This is produced by the human adrenal cortex. Synthetic versions of the hormone are the ones found in hydrocortisone cream. Some people turn to hydrocortisone cream in a way similar to another group that uses calamine lotion as the only cure for a rash. This was discussed in a post on common mistakes in rash treatment . Each of these items has a proper use, but don’t try to use them for every single skin rash. Hydrocortisone creams are used for inflamed red skin and to reduce itching. Read the rest of this entry »
I was speaking to a nurse at the mental health clinic where I work and she said that one common mistake people make when they have a rash is to assume they should just be putting calamine lotion on it. This may be appropriate for certain rashes, but for scabies rash, eczema and a number of other rashes , it would not be the proper treatment. If anyone ever saw the My Big Fat Greek Wedding movie they may remember the comical scenes where the main character’s dad would use windex to treat everything. Some people are using calamine lotion that way as well.
Because rashes can be bacterial, fungal, viral, allergic rashes and other types, each needs to be individually evaluated to determine treatment. For instance, if one has an impetigo rash, antibiotics in the oral form or topical form are prescribed for treatment. Rashes cannot be treated with the same approach. Read the rest of this entry »
A number of football players in Olivet, Michigan have reported odd rashes. Some have seen staph infection rashes on their arms and sores on their backs. When there is a contagious rash with staph infection, it brings up questions of MRSA.
They were concerned about putting out the rumors that there was MRSA was spreading around and that the high school would be closed. According to Randy VanDyke, the school’s interim superintendent, “We were hearing rumors that we were going to close the school the next day and they were going to quarantine the football team .” The athletic director told the school that the nine football players have had medical attention and that they were not diagnosed with MRSA. The sores were diagnosed as staph bacterial infections and are covered. Read the rest of this entry »