Rashes – everyone’s had one. A rash is a change in the appearance of the skin – they are most often red, and can be dry or with raised lumps. Rashes can be itchy and sore, and may be symptomatic of other conditions, so it is important to look out for other symptoms accompanying the rash. Rashes can be present with viral conditions such as measles and chickenpox, and bacterial illnesses such as impetigo and meningitis. Rashes can be caused by fungal infections such as ringworm or thrush, and they can also crop up when the sufferer is exposed to an irritant substance, or something that can cause an allergic reaction. A GP should be able to tell the difference between different types of rashes and let you know specifically what it is and how to treat it. However,rashes can be difficult to diagnose because they can be triggered by a great number of factors. Treatment can vary depending on the type of rash, so if you have a persistent rash it’s best to visit your GP. Infections can be treated with antibiotics, and allergic reactions with antihistamines, but sensible advice would be to not try and guess what it is, but visit your GP and relay your symptoms to them as accurately as possible.
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