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Many of us practice meticulous skin care habits each day and night to keep our skin protected and healthy. We invest in soaps, lotions, toners, creams and other skin care products, while making an effort to apply such products each day without fail. However, there are times when no matter how much love and care you give your skin, unexplainable rashes and bumps appear. These rashes are sometimes itchy and scratching can lead to infections and serious skin conditions.

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Skin Conditions That Trigger Skin Rashes

There are many factors that cause skin rashes. Some of them are due to serious skin conditions, others due to poor hygiene and housekeeping habits, while the rest are caused by insect bites or skin exposure to sun, dust and wind. Here are three common factors that cause rashes:

1. Dermatitis

This type of skin condition refers to skin inflammation that can lead to skin rashes and bumps that appear in different parts of the body. Scaly blotches on the skin of the arms, legs, chest, back and scalp known as eczema is normally a genetic skin condition that occur in children and adults through allergies. The only way to treat this is by applying medicated creams that have been prescribed by a dermatologist.

Contact Dermatitis on the other had is triggered by certain substances such as nickel plated jewelry. In order to treat this skin condition, nickel plated jewelry must be avoided as it contains allergens which cause the condition.

2. Psoriasis

This is a recurring skin disease that appears as irregular patches of raised skin, having a color range of pink to red and brownish red. Fine white scales cover the top portions of the rash and when they are peeled off, fluid or some blood may appear. These rashes usually appear on the knees, elbows, chest and scalp. Considering how complicated the problem is, it is better to seek help from a doctor.

3. Insect Bites

Most of the skin rashes and bumps we find on our bodies are caused by insect bites as insects have fluids which can trigger skin irritation whenever they bite. Red or pink spots appear on skin after an insect bite and these can either be flat or raised. Unfortunately, since these skin rashes are very itchy, it is essential that they are not scratched as it can lead to infection or further allergic reactions. If you have very sensitive skin, these rashes can spread.

Treating Skin Rashes

Skin rashes are not really dangerous unless if they are an allergic reaction caused by a serious disease. Rashes can itch for days before getting better on their own, but they sometimes leave behind dry skin. Treating skin rashes is better than allowing it to heal on its own to avoid constant scratching which can develop into infections. Here are some treatments that can be used for skin rashes:

  • Antihistamines
  • Anti-itch creams with menthol, camphor, pramoxine or diphenhydramine content
  • Cleaning with warm water and unscented mild soap
  • Calamine lotion

The best way to prevent skin rashes is to eliminate the allergens, irritants and other factors that trigger skin rashes. You can stop using skin products that contain harsh chemicals, practice proper hygiene at all times, avoid excessive sunlight exposure, maintain regular housekeeping habits and have your home treated for pests.

About the author: Valerie Williams is a freelance writer specializing in skin care, health and natural forms of pest control. You can visit our site to learn more about proper hygiene and housekeeping habits to prevent skin rashes caused by insects and how pests also seriously affect our health and well being.

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