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You start scratching your skin and within no time you realize that it has turned red and bumpy. You probably wonder how the rash appeared so suddenly and why you can't stop scratching it.
Whether you are allergic and get skin rashes quite frequently or among those who have experienced a skin rash for the first time, knowing the reason behind your rash and the ways to take care it can surely make your life much easier.
Know what causes skin rashes
A skin rash usually develops when the immune system generates a response against a foreign body, be it an infectious agent or a chemical. Here are a few common causes of skin rashes:
Most of the times, skin rashes are not dangerous. They subside on their own, unless aggravated further. But rashes that do not calm over a long time or are caused due to an infection need to be treated immediately.
Tips for treating a skin rash
There are various over-the-counter creams that contain cooling agents like camphor and menthol. These are effective in reducing itchy, red rashes. OTC antihistamine drugs like chlorpheniramine, cetirizine and diphenhydramine can also be taken. But, read the label carefully before using.
Skin rashes caused by internal reactions such as food or drug allergies or due to infections can be harmful and may lead to serious consequences. If these tips do not help you, consult a dermatologist or a general physician.
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