Question 1. Is the rash painful?
Yes. The rash is probably a spider or insect bite, virus like chicken pox or measles, skin disease or an infected
rash. (see your physician immediately). More
No. The rash is probably contact dermatitis: plant,
heat, chemical or other irritating substance.
Question 2. Is the rash spreading?
Yes. The rash is probably contact dermatitis causing
the skin to erupt based on the severity of allergic contact.
No. The rash is probably the result of an local
allergic reaction to a skin irritant in contact with the
skin or a spider or insect bite.
Question 3. Is the rash oozing?
Yes. Oozing rashes are commonly associated with
poison oak, ivy, heat rash, and other allergic skin rashes. More
No. The rash may be a mild reaction to a skin irritant,
a skin allergy or early eruption of contact dermatitis like poison
Question 4. Is the rash scaly?
Yes. The rash is probably atopic dermatitis: eczema,
psoriasis, or dry skin rash triggered by weather, stress, temperature,
or unknown environmental allergens. Crusty rashes are probably the
result of weeping rashes that crust over. More
No. The rash is probably contact dermatitis or
contact skin allergies like poison ivy or chemicals.
Question 5. Is the rash surround a spider or bug bite?
Yes. Insect and spider bites frequently produce
rashes. Red or swollen skin may accompany itching. Spiders and insects
can cause rashes when itched. Local rashes may be caused by Flea,
Mosquito, Chigger, or Fly bites. More
No. The rash is probably not associated with an
insect or spider bite.
Quesiton 6. Does the rash look infected?
Yes. If the bite appears infected: is red, painful
to the touch, oozing, has dead tissue surrounding the rash or has
red streaks radiating away from the bite See a physician immediately.
No. The rash is probably not infected. Monitor
the rash. If it heals (symptoms improve) it is probably not infected.
Question 7. Do you feel sick? (nauseous, headache, weak, fever,
ache, stiff neck, short of breath, body ache)
Yes. See a physician immediately. More
No. Common atopic or contact dermatitis rashes
typically produce swelling, itching, weeping, crusting or flaking
symptoms and not severe reactions.
Skin Rash First Aid
Most common rashes are a result of contact dermatitis like
poison oak, ivy or sumac or allergic skin reactions to environmental
substances. Allergic reactions to "unknown" substances
may require testing and treatment by a dermatologist. Rashes may
also by symptoms of other medical conditions like acne, shingles,
psoriasis, lupus, or cellulites. Determining the origin of the skin
irritation or symptom is important. Try to "rule out"
potential reasons for the rash. Review activities or event within
the last 48-72 hours. Consider suspect plants, detergents or other
substances that were newly introduced before the rash irrupted.
If pre-existing medical conditions exist, determine if rashes are
a symptom. If concerned see medical advice or attention. To treat
skin rash see Rash Treatment. More
Skin Rash Exposure Formula
Amount and strength of the irritant x Length and frequency of exposure
x Skin susceptibility x Environmental factors = Length of time for
rashes to heal.
Skin Rash: Common Household Irritants
Contact dermatitis is an itchy skin condition caused by an allergic
reaction to material in contact with the skin. It occurs hours after
contact with the responsible material, and calms down in several
days providing the skin is no longer in contact with it. Common
household irritants include: perfume, soap, make up, latex, creams,
plants, animals, detergents, solvents, acids, alkalies, friction
or water. Hands frequently come in contact with irritants. More
Skin Rash Treatment
can I do?
1. Rashes typically are caused by an allergic
reaction or contact dermatitis.
2. Rashes usually begin within 48 hours following contact
with an irritating substance.
3. Rashes symptoms include: skin redness, bumps, blisters,
4. Allergic reactions can be caused by: plants, soaps, detergent,
shampoos, perfumes, cosmetics,
jewelry, cloths, new objects in homes, latex gloves or other
Poison Ivy-Oak: Contact Dermatitis Rash Treatment
1. Poison ivy, oak, or sumac rashes usually begin erupting
within 48 hours following contact.
2. If you are exposed, wash areas immediately with cool soap
and water for 10-25 minutes.
3. Apply Rash Rx (see below) to affected areas if rash redness,
or blistering occurs.
4. If necessary, take over-the-counter medication to control
rash swelling or itching.
5. Apply wet compresses or soak in cool water to relieve symptoms.
6. Re-apply Rash Rx to affected areas as needed to control
7. If rash symptoms are severe or persist contact a physician.
8. Creams, gels or ointment me be used to reduce dryness.
Eczema, Psoriasis Rash Treatment
1. For dry and flaky skin use high quality moisturizers to
2. Attempt to identify skin allergies and attempt to avoid
3. Humidify dry air to prevent drying out of skin.
4. Avoid scratching and keep hands and body parts from excessive
5. Stop the use of harsh detergents, soaps, fragrances, or
other irritating substances.
6. Apply Rash Rx (see below) to affected areas.
7. Monitor skin rashes for increased spread or infection.
8. Seek medical attention if skin becomes bloody or infected.
9. Re-apply Rash Rx to affected areas to control symptoms.