What Does it Mean if You Have These Rashes?

Stasis Dermatitis

This is an oozy, swollen dermatitis that occurs on the lower legs of individuals who have chronic swelling because of poor circulation in veins. This is a rash commonly found is individuals with poor blood pressure or diabetes. Stasis can also be caused by a retention of fluid, something that can become infected if not watched.

Although this rash is not curable, there are many treatments:

  • Compression socks
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Barrier cream
  • Moisturizers
  • Prescribed steroids

This is a rash that should be brought to the attention of primary care provider, vascular doctor, or even dermatologist.

Ringworm

Ringworm on the arm.

Ringworm is a fungal infection that appears as itchy, red, scaly, slightly raised, expanding rings anywhere on the body. The ring grows outward as the infection spreads, and the center area becomes less actively infected.

Ringworm is very contagious. You can catch the infection through contact with an infected person or animal; the fungal infection is commonly spread by cats and dogs, so pet owners, beware. You can also contract ringworm just by coming into close contact with contaminated objects, such as unwashed clothing or bedding.

Treatment usually requires prescription antifungal medication.

Psoriasis

This bumpy, scaling rash (which does not ooze) tends to occur on the scalp, elbows, and knees. It produces silvery flakes of skin that scale and fall off, and the rash often forms in patches.

Unlike many of the other rashes on this list, psoriasis can cause other internal symptoms that could affect your quality of life, such as:

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