10 Most Common Itchy Skin Rash Conditions

Itchy Skin Rash

Nobody can seem to stop itching when they are plagued with very itchy skin, but scratching doesn’t cure your condition. Finding the source of your itchy skin rash will help guide you to the most effective treatment options to help relieve some discomfort; below are 10 of the most common skin rash conditions:

1. Swimmer’s Itch: Why on earth would such clean, swimming people have itchy rashes? Because they could be swimming with waterborne parasites. The burrowing parasite causes an inflammatory reaction leaving itchy skin bumps and blisters. Thankfully, it’s not serious, and you’ll be back in the deep end in a week without treatment as it remedies itself usually without medical attention.

2. Heat Rash: I know, I know, you get hot and don’t cool down, you get a rash. Jump in the water to cool off, you get a rash. You just can’t win. Heat rash occurs in hot and humid weather due to obstruction of sweat flow. It’s not serious, just unattractive. Wear loose fitting clothing and attend to the affected areas and it will clear up on its own usually in no time.

3. Eczema: A chronic condition resulting in itching and inflammation usually ends up manifesting itself in the form of patches over the face, trunk and limbs. This itchy skin rash isn’t curable, but is treatable with at home remedies and proper care of the affected areas.

4. Contact Dermatitis: Fancy way of saying “you’re allergic to something, stop touching it.” Allergies to products, cleaners, fabrics, materials and bio triggers like pets and grass can cause itchy skin and a scaly rash. Poison ivy falls into this category (you didn’t REALLY need those berries you picked, did you?)

5. Lichen planus: It’s not just a plain old itchy skin rash, it’s a purple one! Don’t let the color fool you, it’s not just for the ladies. The flat topped bumps can be found on your inner arms and at the ankles and wrists. This condition can last for months or years.

6. Intertrigo: Bluntly, it’s thigh rubbing. The uncomfortable sensation you get after you have a couple of hours of skin to skin friction. What’s worse about intertrigo is that all that rubbing, combined with moisture and warmth can cause bacteria and fungus growth.

7. Ringworm: Ew. Nobody wants it but yet it persists. The gift that keeps on giving, ringworm starts as a small, red ring on the body, and begins to expand as the infection becomes more aggressive.

8. Rosacea: Looks a lot like acne, but isn’t. Rosacea is the asthma of skin conditions and is a chronic condition. Flare ups are caused by cleaners, foods and even temperatures. Rosacea manifests itself in an itchy skin rash on the large parts of the face. Its symptoms are treatable, but there is no cure for it.

9. Christmas Tree Rash: Disclaimer, there is no gift under the Christmas Tree Rash. If you happen to have a spot of dry itchy skin whose scaly, red spots look like a Christmas tree, you may have a Christmas Tree rash. Thankfully, the rash only lasts about as long as your Christmas tree stays up, and it usually resolves itself in 6 to 8 weeks.

10. Drug Rash: Taking antibiotics, anti seizure medications, diuretics or other medications can cause rashes over large areas of the body. These are critical to identify and report to your physician because you might be having an allergic reaction to your medication. If you do not have an allergy, your new rash is most likely a side effect of your new anti-sickness ju ju, and will likely dissipate within a few weeks.

Rashes are embarrassing, uncomfortable, itchy, and sometimes painful. However, rashes are our body’s natural defense against attacks from products, parasites, diseases and other environmental triggers. Love them or hate them, rashes are here to stay!