Common Rashes

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Many different types of rashes can affect the skin and cause problems with comfort and self-esteem. At Elevated Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center in Parker, Colorado, Dr. Christopher Messana and Dr. Kate Messana diagnose and treat a number of rashes and underlying conditions that could be causing rashes to appear.

Rashes Q & A

Rashes can be mild or severe, minor or life-threatening. We understand that any rash or other skin problem can be very troublesome to a person and cause discomfort and even problems with self-confidence. At Elevated Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center, Dr. Messana is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of rashes and underlying conditions that are sometimes associated with them.

What kinds of rashes are there?

There are several different kinds of rashes that occur. Some of these include:

  • Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
  • Psoriasis
  • Pityriasis rosea
  • Lichen planus
  • Cellulitis
  • Diaper rash
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Irritant contact dermatitis

While some of these rashes are common among adults and/or children, others are considered rare. Some of these rashes only appear during certain times and don’t recur, while others are lifelong problems.

Which kinds of rashes are common?

Common types of skin rashes include eczema, diaper rash in infants, psoriasis, cellulitis, and seborrheic dermatitis. These rashes produce different symptoms, such as red patches with eczema or scaly red plaques with psoriasis. Other rashes produce a general redness that covers small areas of the skin or tiny bumps that occur in certain areas.

What causes skin rashes?

The causes of some skin rashes, such as eczema, aren’t fully understood. Possible causes include a combination of a few different factors, such as genetic factors or environmental factors. Viruses and bacteria can also play a role in the occurrence of certain kinds of skin rashes. For some skin rashes, an underlying medical condition turns out to be the cause.

How are skin rashes treated?

The type of treatment a skin rash needs depends on what type it is, what’s causing it, and how severe it is. Some types of skin rashes might clear up on their own when an underlying condition is treated. Bacterial or fungal skin rashes might require topical antibacterial or antifungal treatment. Skin rashes that are caused by viruses usually clear up as the virus runs its course. Other skin rashes, such as eczema or psoriasis, require ongoing treatment to manage symptoms and lower the risk of recurrences.

How can I prevent skin rashes?

Those who have skin rashes can lower their risk of getting them by avoiding things that trigger them, such as those with eczema or psoriasis. Others can reduce the risk of skin rashes by keeping their skin clean and dry. In some cases, skin rashes can’t be prevented. Those who have certain conditions associated with flare-ups or persistent rashes can lower the risk of recurrences by following a treatment plan for their condition.


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