Eczema & skin rashes
Eczema is the most common type of skin disease and may have a number of different causes. It may be caused by an individual disposition, and can be triggered by well-known or unknown irritants; i.e. they may be caused by allergies or toxins. Eczema disorders are not contagious. Redness, flaking and nodules may occur depending on the type of eczema, which are normally associated with itching. Eczema can occur anywhere on the body, and may occur in a number of forms.
Our skin is the pillar of our immune system. Inflammatory changes (rashes) often occur in conjunction with systemic diseases such as measles, chickenpox, measles etc. Skin rashes however may also be allergic reactions.
When should you visit the doctor?
- when the cause of skin alterations is unclear
- when you experience a severe and sudden rash
- when you experience severe itching, swelling or pain
- when you experience additional fever, shortness of breath and trembling
- when this occurs in stages
- when the rash changes (e.g. if it turns red, becomes dandruff, nodules, pustules or blisters)
- if you have red spots which indicate ecchymosis
- Skin rashes in infant or child