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Rashes, What To Expect,"The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed. Questions will be asked about recent exposure to various substances and the rash will be examined. A dermatologist is most qualified to deal with skin disorders. Medical history questions documenting your symptom in detail may include: type of rash Does it look like pinpoint red spots ( petechiae )? Does it look like small red areas ( purpura )? Does it look like bruises ( ecchymoses )? Has it occurred more than once without known cause (recurrent)? Does it look like hives ? Does it look like blisters ? Are they filled with yellow or honey-colored fluid? Does it look like ulcerations? Does it look like dry, tough skin growth (keratosis)? Is it associated with overexposure to sunlight ( actinic keratosis )? Is the rash scaling or crusting? Does it look like small, solid, red, elevated bumps ( papule )? Does it look like both a macule (flat area) and papule (small bump)? Is it a slightly elevated flat lesion (plaque)? Does it have characteristics of acne rosacea ?"
ENLMedical Corp.
8600 Aqueduct Avenue North Hills, CA 91343
Phn: 818-892-6000 Fax: 818-891-6219


Rashes, Homecare,"Rash prevention is preferred to treatment. Avoid contact with clothing, cosmetics, deodorants, etc. that cause a rash. Washing thoroughly with soap and water may remove chemicals on the skin and is particularly important with materials like cement dust. Oily substances can be removed with rubbing alcohol, or by paint thinner followed with a soap and water rinse to prevent contact dermatitis from the cleaner itself. For rashes caused by poison ivy - Domeboro powder or tablets (available without prescription), hot water, and hydrocortisone cream to achieve relief from itching are recommended. If skin is dry, avoid drying soaps and apply a heavy cream to skin after bathing. Calamine and hydrocortisone may reduce itching."


Rash,"The word "rash" means an outbreak of red bumps on the body. The way people use this term, "a rash" can refer to many different skin conditions. The most common of these are: Scaly patches of skin not caused by infection. Scaly patches of skin produced by fungus or bacterial infection. Red, itchy bumps or patches all over the place. Although rashes are seldom dangerous, self-diagnosis is not usually a good idea. Proper evaluation of a skin rash requires a visit to a doctor or other healthcare professional. The following guidelines may help you decide what category your rash falls into."
MedicineNet, Inc.
903 Calle Amanecer, Suite 300 San Clemente, CA 92673
Telephone: 949.940.6500 Fax: 949.940.1094,


Rashes, Medlineplus, U.S. National Library of Medicine:"Contents of this page: Illustrations, Alternative names, Definition, Considerations, Common Causes, Home Care, Call your health care provider if, What to expect at your health care provider's office."
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike Bethesda, Maryland 20894
Phone: (301) 496-6308 Fax: (301) 496-4450 email:


Erythema (Rash), MSDS Hyperglossary:"As far as an MSDS is concerned, erythema most often indicates a rash that forms as a result of skin contact with the material (see contact dermatitis). Therefore, it is important to avoid contact of such materials with the skin, mucous membranes or eyes. Use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) such as gloves, aprons, goggles, dust masks etc. as necessary to prevent contact or exposure."
4905 Waynes Blvd, Lexington, KY 40513-1469
(859) 396-5218. Fax: (859) 523-0606


Rash, Common Causes, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton:"contact dermatitis following exposure to dyes and other chemicals found in clothing chemicals found in elastic and rubber products cosmetics feminine deodorants poison ivy and poison oak medications or insect bites that cause allergic reactions several diseases cause rashes, including measles and lupus erythematosus."
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton
One Hamilton Health Place Hamilton, NJ 08690


Rashes, What to expect at your health care provider's office, Yahoo Health:"Your health care provider will obtain your medical history and will perform a physical examination. He or she will ask questions about past medical conditions, medications, problems that run in the family, and recent illnesses or exposures.Diagnostic tests may include: Skin biopsy Skin scrapings Blood tests Depending on the cause of your rash, treatments may include topical medications, oral medications, and/or skin surgery."




Dermatitis, MSDS Hyperglossary:"Dermatitis is an inflammation of the dermis and epidermis (the skin). Symptoms include a rash, blisters, sores, lesions, itching or cracked skin. The term eczema is also used for this condition. Dermatitis is often broken into subcategories: Contact dermatitis - irritation that arises from direct contact with a material. This can be an immune response (such as an allergic reaction to latex) or a direct toxic effect. Atopic dermatitis - is often found in the face, elbow and knee flexures of infants; symptoms tend to disappear with age. Do not confuse this term with dermatosis, which is a much broader term for skin disease."
4905 Waynes Blvd, Lexington, KY 40513-1469
(859) 396-5218. Fax: (859) 523-0606



Diaper Rash:

Diaper Rash,"A surprising number of different entities fall under the label of diaper rash: Friction rash. This is the most common form of diaper rash, and affects almost all babies at some time. It is most common on areas where friction is most pronounced, such as the inner thighs, or under the elastic of diapers that are too tight. It comes and goes quickly, and responds well to frequent diaper changes, airing out, and protective barriers. Irritant rash. This is most conspicuous on the exposed areas, such as the round part of the buttocks. It tends to spare skin folds and creases. It's generally the result of contact with stool enzymes or irritants such as harsh soaps, baby wipes, detergents, or topical medicines."
9000 Crow Canyon Road, Suite S220 Danville, CA 94506 (925) 964-1793


Nappy rash,"Nappy rash, otherwise known as napkin or diaper rash, is a red rash, or sore area, that affects skin under or around a baby's nappy (diaper). Symptoms There may be a little redness, but the area may become very sore and red, with red spots, blister and broken skin. Causes The cause of nappy rash is the skin being kept wet along with the chemical irritation of ammonia, produced by stale urine. This has the effect of breaking down the protective barrier normally formed by the skin, causing redness and rawness (inflammation) and allowing germs of various types to attack. The most common infection to complicate the ammonia-like irritation is thrush (candida). In this event, the rash often has clusters or red spots around the margins of the main red area. Other germs (bacteria) can also infect the area."

EM Rash:"The bullseye (EM, or Erythema Migrans) rash is an early symptom of Lyme disease. Lyme disease is caused by the bite of an infected tick. Proper treatment with antibiotics is mandatory. If untreated, Lyme disease may progress to a chronic stage that can be disabling and difficult to cure."



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