A rash is an abnormal change in skin color or texture and is usually caused by skin inflammation. The medical term for a rash is dermatitis. This is when your skin gets red and tender after you’ve come in contact with something. This could usually be caused by an allergy or because the protective layer of your skin got damaged.

Some kinds of rashes include: eczema, granuloma, annulare, lichen planus, pityriasis rosea and others.

Quick facts

  • Infections that cause rashes may be fungal, bacterial, parasitic or viral.
  • Over the counter products may be helpful treatments for many skin rashes.
  • Rashes that last longer than a few days should be evaluated by a doctor.

What is the treatment for a rash?

This depends on the cause of the rash. It is important to identify what caused the rash, categorize it accordingly and this helps predicting its resolution.

Most rashes are not dangerous and many rashes last for a while and get better on their own.

Over the counter remedies include :

  • Moisturizing lotions
  • Anti-itch creams
  • Diphenhydramine and hydroxyzine can be helpful in controlling itching
  • Topical antifungal medications that contain clotrimazole, miconazole, or terbinafine

If the rash persists despite these medications or becomes widespread, you should consult a dermatologist or a general physician.

Still feeling sick?​

Schedule an appointment with Bonum Health and consult a doctor online within minutes, via phone or video chat.