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Common Skin Rashes

Skin rashes are one of the most common reasons people visit a dermatologist. There are numerous types of rashes with many different causes. Skin rashes may be caused by an allergic reaction (contact dermatitis); medications; plants; infection or disease; or an ingredient in cosmetics, lotions, soaps, etc.

A rash is characterized by a change in the texture or color of your skin:

  • Bumps, blotches, or patches on the skin
  • May vary in color from red to purple to brown or white
  • May be flat or raised
  • May be dry, scaly, peeling, crusty, moist, oozing

Many rashes are simply itchy, while others may be painful, such as those that cause blisters or ulcers to form. Rashes may be acute (short-lived), chronic (lasting for more than a week or two), or recurring (comes and goes).

cause of skin rashesBecause one rash can resemble another, it’s important to seek treatment from a dermatologist. The providers at Water’s Edge Dermatology will determine the cause of your rash based on its appearance, location on your body, other physical symptoms you may have (pain, fever, etc.), and any irritants you may have been exposed to.

Explore the links below to learn about some of the most common skin rashes we see and treat.

Allergic Contact Rashes
Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis
Hyperhidrosis (Excessive Sweating)
Hives (Urticaria)
Poison Ivy, Sumac & Oak
Psoriasis & Psoriatic Arthritis
Seborrheic Dermatitis
Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

If you have one of these common skin rashes, contact Water’s Edge Dermatology for an appointment with one of our dermatologists. They can diagnose your skin rash and recommend treatment options. We have locations throughout Central and South Florida. Find the location nearest you and call today or request an appointment online.



No matter what time of day or night a skin problem or skincare need should appear, please use this form to request an appointment.

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