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Body Rash

Body Rash:  Body rash or skin rash is usually an inflammation on the skin that could be the result of irritation, disease or an allergic reaction. Allergies could be due to food, plants, chemicals, animals, insects or other environmental factors. This kind of skin rash could affect the entire body or a specific area.

Though not all body rashes are contagious, some could be. A rash that develops on the body is usually indicative that there is some problem in the body. The rash can appear in different forms. Some rashes may appear as red bumps while others may develop as a large patch of red skin. Rashes may cause itching, burning, stinging and pain.

Some rashes may also not result in any symptoms. Rashes may appear in varying shapes and sizes. The causes of rashes may also differ. Any area of the body may get affected with a rash. The most commonly affected areas are the face, back and arms. A rash can also develop in the genital region, scalp and chest. In some cases, a rash may be accompanied by other symptoms such as fever and headache.  Also there could be the development of red rash all over the body of an infant and this may or may not be itchy.

Heat rash occurs when the flow of sweat is obstructed, usually due to hot humid weather, overdressing, or tightfitting clothes.
Christmas tree rash (pityriasis rosea) is a fine, itchy, scaly rash that usually appears first as a single patch on the chest, abdomen or back. After this first appearance the rash may spread as small patches to other parts of the back and chest and to the limbs. The rash may form a pattern on the back that resembles the outline of a Christmas tree.

Always seek professional medical advice to determine the cause of a rash before beginning treatments or remedies.

Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

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