Recurring skin rashes are not only embarrassing, but they can also be unpredictable and irritating. Even if they do subside or disappear for a while, they keep coming back. Symptoms such as redness, pain, cracking, itching, scaly, and dry skin can make you want to stay hidden from the world.
There are many different causes of these persistent skin rashes. While it may not relieve your symptoms permanently, knowing what is affecting you could help you keep your flare-ups at bay.
Common Types of Recurring Rashes
This is a broad term for inflammation of the skin, but there are many different types of eczema. Atopic dermatitis is the most severe and long-lasting type, and the cause is usually unknown. This type of rash usually exhibits itself as an itchy, red rash, often found on the arms, legs, and face.
Granuloma Annulare (GA)
GA is a chronic rash that forms in a ringed pattern of reddish brown bumps. The cause is unknown. The bumps are occasionally itchy and commonly appear on the arms, legs and neck.
This rash is sometimes associated with Hepatitis C, but the cause is generally unknown. This rash is chronic and marked by itchy purple or reddish-purple flat-topped bumps on the skin. It is most often found on the wrists, ankles, and lower legs.
These rashes typically appear as white or silver scales with plaques of red, dry skin that can be itchy and/or painful. People with psoriasis may experience only a few rashes, or they may have rashes all over their bodies. Commonly affected sites include the elbows, knees and scalp.
Causes of Skin Rashes
In order to treat your rash, you need to address the hidden, root causes. They can be simple or complex, and they are usually unique to you.
Some rashes may be due to allergic contact dermatitis, where contact with a chemical, substance, or ingredient could be causing the rash. In this instance, patch testing can help identify the allergen so that you can avoid it. Our dermatology office tests maintains hundreds of allergens and can test for the ones you are most often exposed to. Patch test expert, Rachel Frederickson PA-C, explains more about contact dermatitis and patch testing in this video.
Many rashes are idiopathic or the cause is unknown, but may be due to genetic predisposition or environmental exposure. Determining the type of rash you have will help determine the treatment. The treatment may consist of topical treatment with a cream or systemic treatment with an oral or injectable medication.
Dermatologists in Southern Colorado
You don’t have to suffer in silence. A skilled dermatologist can help you discover a personal plan to get long-term relief from your rashes.
Call Vanguard Skin Specialists today at (719) 355-1585 to schedule an appointment, or use our convenient appointment request form. Our highly qualified doctors and providers look forward to helping assure your skin stays healthy and clear for a lifetime.