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Causes of Localized Rash or Redness
Localized Versus Widespread Rash: How to Decide
Contact dermatitis is a common cause of a rash in one area. This is especially true of a small rash that will not go away. Contact dermatitis usually starts as raised red spots. It can change to blisters, as in poison ivy. The rash is itchy. Contact dermatitis is an allergic skin rash. The location of the rash may suggest the cause:
This shows a rash that was caused from a nickel allergy. The allergic rash is from the nickel (metal) in the earring. It is red, crusty and moist.
There is redness and puffiness of both cheeks; this is the first sign of Fifth's Disease.
This is a picture of ringworm. The area is round and pink. It has a raised, rough scaly border. The ring slowly grows in size. It is often slightly itchy.
This is caused by a fungus, not a worm. It can be passed from person to person. If you notice a rash like this, contact your doctor for treatment.
This shows impetigo on the face. Impetigo is a skin infection caused by bacteria. The infection causes a red sores which leak fluid. This area will then dry and become crusty as it heals.
This photo shows a red diaper rash in the area under the diaper.
Any diaper rash that lasts longer than a couple days can become infected with yeast. Note the red spots outside the main area of redness.
If a yeast infection is suspected, clotrimazole cream (such as Lotrimin; over-the-counter) should be applied 4 times per day.
This shows a rash that was caused from the skin touching the snap on the jeans. This person is allergic to the nickel in the snap. The area is red and crusty.
This shows a rash that was caused from the skin touching the snap on the jeans. This person is allergic to the nickel in the snap. The area is raised and crusty.
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