Rash

  • Medical Author:
    Gary W. Cole, MD, FAAD

    Dr. Cole is board certified in dermatology. He obtained his BA degree in bacteriology, his MA degree in microbiology, and his MD at the University of California, Los Angeles. He trained in dermatology at the University of Oregon, where he completed his residency.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Rash Symptoms

Other signs and symptoms that may be associated with rashes include the following:

  • Blister formation
  • Scaling
  • Skin ulceration

Some people may experience the following related rash symptoms and signs:

  • Skin discoloration
  • Itching
  • Bumps on skin

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Rash facts

  • Rash is not a specific diagnosis. Instead it refers to any sort of inflammation and/or discoloration that distorts the skin's normal appearance.
  • Common rashes include eczema, poison ivy, hives, and athlete's foot.
  • Infections that cause rashes may be fungal, bacterial, parasitic, or viral.
  • Over-the-counter products may be helpful treatments for many skin rashes.
  • Rashes lasting more than a few days that are unexplained should be evaluated by a doctor.

What are the causes, symptoms, and signs of common noninfectious rashes?

Some common, noninfectious rashes are listed on the following pages. If you have a new rash and you have a fever or some other generalized illness associated with it, it would be best to see your doctor.

Reviewed on 5/2/2017
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