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How to identify skin rashes

Updated April 17, 2017

At some time or another almost everyone has experienced a skin rash. Rashes can be caused by a number of factors. They are often characterised by red marks or spots on the skin and are often itchy. Among the various kinds of skin rashes, some are more easily identified and distinguished from another.

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  1. Look at the rashes on the skin carefully. If they appear to be inflamed with tiny blisters, it may be identified as a type of dermatitis, a skin problem which can be caused by a number of factors. Usually, rashes associated with dermatitis are almost unbearably itchy and the blisters often leak clear fluid, which may become crusty after some time.

  2. Identify on which part of the body the rashes are found. Certain types of skin rashes can be identified not only by their appearance, but also by their location on the body, like, rosacea, a type of rash formed only on the face, scalp, neck, chest, ears and back of the ears.

  3. Determine the symptoms associated with the rashes. Each type of skin rash likely presents different symptoms. If the rashes are characterised by hot and itchy feelings, along with dry skin, this is likely a case of eczema.

  4. Examine rashes closely. If skin rashes are associated with breaks and bleeding of the skin, it may be caused by psoriasis, a skin problem characterised by severe inflammation of the skin. Often, these rashes appear on the genitals, feet, hands, elbows and scalp.

  5. Identify the cause of rashes. Some skin rashes are triggered by allergic reactions to dust, pollen, grass and even various foods. Skin rashes can also be caused by exposure to certain kinds of plants, such as poison ivy.

  6. Conduct an experiment to help identity what type of skin rash you may have. Rashes caused by certain food intakes, are called atopic dermatitis. Avoid foods that may trigger rash formations. If the rashes are reduced, or eradicated after certain avoiding the foods, this may be a case of atopic dermatitis.

  7. Notice rashes which may be red in colour and first appear on the face, abdomen or back, and then spread to almost every other place on the body. This could be chicken pox, which usually presents as pimple-like bumps, small in size and red in colour. They appear in blister form and leak a clear fluid if the thin layer is broken. You must consult a medical professional if you believe the rash is chicken pox.

  8. Warning

    Certain types of skin rashes may be caused by underlying medical problems. Be sure to consult your physician if the rashes persist and cannot be identified.

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About the Author

LaTasha Favors has been writing professionally since 2008. She specializes in travel- and health-related topics and has published articles on various websites, including Search-costa-rica.com and MyFrenchRealEstate.com.

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