A rash is a change in the skin due to skin irritation. Most rashes go away on their own or require only minor treatment. Some rashes may need medical attention. Some rash symptoms are redness, itching, bumps, redness, and swelling. Some causes of rashes are allergic reactions; plants such as poison ivy; or irritation due to jewelry, chemicals, or makeup. Rashes are also sometimes symptoms of another condition, as with impetigo or scabies. Treatments vary based on the cause, but many can be treated with medications. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about what causes a rash, what it looks like, how to treat it, and much more.
Life-Threatening Skin Rashes
Life-threatening skin rashes are rare, but when they do occur, you must identify them and go to a doctor quickly. WebMD tells you what to look for.
Allergy: Poison Ivy, Oak, and Sumac Treatment
WebMD takes you through first aid steps for someone who has been exposed to poison ivy, oak, or sumac.
Do I Have a Nickel or Jewelry Allergy?
Nickel is in lots of things – jewelry, cell phones, eyeglass frames, and more. Are you allergic to it?
Common Skin Rashes
The the basics on some common types of skin rashes, including eczema, granuloma annulare, lichen planus, and pityriasis rosea.
Sensitive Skin: Is It a Myth?
Sensitive skin is a common complaint but hard to diagnose. No two people have the same symptoms or react to the same triggers.
3 Questions About Eczema: Symptoms, Causes, and Prevention
WebMD interviews Asriani M. Chiu, MD, for answers to three top questions about eczema symptoms, eczema causes, and how to prevent eczema.
Slideshows & Images
Slideshow: Below the Belt: Rashes, Bumps, and Lumps
Wondering about that unusual bump or rash? WebMD shows you what's going on down there and whether it could be a genital wart or cyst, skin tag, or herpes.
Slideshow: Itches, Rashes, Bumps and Other Adult Skin Problems
Is your skin itching, breaking out, covered in a rash, or playing host to spots of some sort? It may be the result of infection, a chronic skin condition, or contact with an allergen or irritant. Learn to spot skin problems commonly seen in adults.
Picture of Seabather's Itch
Seabather's itch. Erythematous papules on the unexposed areas of a swimmer.
Picture of Folliculitis
Folliculitis. Scattered follicular-based erythematous papules and pustules.