Contagious Skin Rashes

Rashes are not only itchy but also embarrassing at the same time. Starting with an itch a rash may develop into a big trouble. The reason behind the rash could be allergy, an internal infection or sensitivity from a particular chemical or object. Until you know that you have a rash you may scratch it. Scratching a rash can spread it to others by your touch. Not all but some of them are contagious rashes that can spread through touching the infected person or plant or animal or by air. Good safety measures i.e. better hygiene practices and care when you are around infected person can help you avoid skin rashes.

Some itchy skin rashes like insect bites, food allergy or eczema are those that are not contagious. But there are some rashes like fungal rashes, chicken pox, fever blisters or scabies mites rashes that can pass on from one person to the other. Not only to others but rashes can spread from one part of body to the other part of the infected person. Therefore scratching is not encouraged. Examine the rash carefully so as to diagnose what kind of rash do you have and also the cause. Think about the things that you have bought new in previous few days or last week. Eliminate them from your daily use items and identify carefully which one is causing rash. Examine the rashes whether there is any swelling or bumps are raised. Call your doctor and ask for the advice. Some times one may get allergies in reaction of a medication such as penicillin. Skin develops a red rash that is not itchy and there is no fever along rash. It may be due to a medication that you have taken recently.

Parents must examine the rash on child’s skin carefully as if child is having a fever along with rash child may have chicken pox or measles. Other contagious rashes include scabies rashes that can be spread through contact in schools or at play grounds. To prevent the spread of rash all the members of family are advised to get the treatment at the same time. There are some plants like poison ivy or certain chemicals exposure to which can cause allergy to the skin. These rashes are usually not contagious and also difficult to be identified. Some times these rashes are not visible right after the contact with particular object therefore exact cause of rash is not identified. Some rashes bring respiratory problems along them and are needed to go to the doctor immediately. After seeing any rash must seek advice of doctor.

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