Types of Pimple Rashes

Updated February 21, 2017

Skin rashes are common, particularly in children. Rashes usually do not pose a serious medical threat, but are often itchy, uncomfortable or embarrassing. Some rashes appear as pimple-like blisters on the skin. Rashes that appear as pimples are usually treated with hydrocortisone cream. Take a cool bath or clean the affected area with a cool washcloth to ease symptoms.

Contact Rash

Contact rashes are common and are caused when an individual comes in contact with a substance to which he is allergic. The rash may appear anywhere on the body, and is often caused by shampoos, detergents, soaps, new clothing that is not washed or even grass. To relieve your symptoms, apply a hydrocortisone cream as needed. Try to determine the cause of your rash so that you can prevent a repeat occurrence.


Rosacea is a skin condition that creates pimple-like rashes on the face. This condition produces flare-ups that make the skin appear red and inflamed. The small pimple-like bumps are sometimes filled with pus. Rosacea flare-ups may be caused by certain foods. Skin products such as lotions or cleansers may also cause flare-ups, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Heat Rash

Heat rash is caused when skin is exposed to heat and sweat. Wearing tight clothing in hot weather may cause or exacerbate this condition. Heat rash most often occurs on the middle part of the body, the back of the neck and the lower back. To relieve the symptoms of heat rash, cool off the affected area with a cold bath or apply a wet cloth to the area. Wear loose clothing during hot weather to prevent heat rash.

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is a common illness caused by a virus. Symptoms may include a pimply or lacy rash on the middle part of the body, the arms and the legs. A runny nose, cough and fever are also associated with this illness. The disease also causes the cheeks to appear very red. Sore throat and diarrhoea may also occur. The rash may last for up to three weeks. Because fifth disease is caused by a virus, there is no treatment, though steps may be taken to relieve symptoms.

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