- Rash is not a specific diagnosis. Instead it refers to any sort of inflammation and/or discoloration that distorts the skin’s normal appearance.
- Common rashes include eczema, poison ivy, hives and athlete’s foot
- Infections that cause rashes may be fungal, bacterial, parasitic, or viral
- Over-the-counter products may be helpful treatments for many skin rashes
- Rashes lasting more than a few days that are unexplained should be evaluated by a doctor