• Bookmark this Page
  • Print this Page

Skin Rashes and Inflammation

Skin Rashes and Inflammation Causes and Symptoms

Skin inflammations, also called skin rashes, can have many different characteristics depending on their cause. Many skin rashes require clinical care by a physician or other health care professional.

Skin rashes may be isolated to one area of the body as a reaction to something (such as a detergent, a piece of jewelry, etc.). Some conditions may create a skin rash no larger than a quarter isolated to a single location while other skin conditions create inflammation that can cover the entire body.

Common types of skin inflammation include:

  • Dermatitis
  • Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Dermatitis Herpetiformis
  • Generalized Exfoliative Dermatitis
  • Seborrheic Dermatitis
  • Drug Rashes
  • Erythema Multiforme
  • Erythema Nodosum
  • Granuloma Annulare
  • Poison Ivy / Poison Oak / Poison Sumac
  • Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

Skin Rash Symptoms

As with many disorders, the skin rash symptoms experienced by each individual may vary as everyone experiences symptoms differently. Common skin inflammation symptoms may include:

  • Mild to moderate redness and swelling of the skin
  • Blistering of the skin
  • Itching
  • Scaling and temporary thickening of the skin

Skin Rash Causes

There are many skin rash causes with the most common stemming from allergens. The most notable allergens that cause skin inflammations (rashes) include:

  • Soaps
  • Drool
  • Different foods
  • Detergents
  • Harsh baby lotions
  • Perfumes

As well, certain plants, metals, cosmetics and medications can also cause skin inflammation.