Skin rashes can range from annoying to debilitating and can be caused by all sorts of things. If you have a persistent rash and you’re concerned about it, then it’s usually a good idea to go see a doctor immediately. There are some cases, however, where things look much worse than they actually are, and you won’t need to spend hours in the waiting room just for a doctor to prescribe some calamine lotion. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why your skin might be itching and how to handle it.
Bed bugs are a scourge on this country and if you’ve woken up with red itchy bumps all over your legs and/or arms, then there’s a strong chance that you’ve found your culprit. One of the clearest signs that your rash is caused by bed bugs is if you’re only itchy in spots and the rash isn’t spread over a large area. Bed bug bites look a lot like mosquito bites, and if you’re in the middle of winter and you have bites that look similar, you might have a case of bed bugs on your hands.
If you want to make sure, we suggest you check out this informative article on bed bugs and bed bug bites by Patient. They explain exactly what bed bugs are and the signs you should be watching for. They also explain what you can do to treat bed bug bites efficiently.
If you do have bed bugs, the best solution is to call an exterminator and have your mattress furniture treated. You should also clean every piece of clothing and fabric you own and make sure that you dry them with high heat. You should then give your house a thorough cleaning.
One thing you shouldn’t do, however, is throw out your furniture. Not only will you have to spend ridiculous amounts of money for something that could be treated easily, but you could cause the infection to spread, so be careful.
Your itchy rash could also be caused by shingles. If you have small bumps that are close together and spread over a large area, then it’s a sign that shingles is what you’re dealing with. It might also be chickenpox, but shingles are much more common among adults, so it would be much more probable.In either case, you should consult a doctor to make sure that you know exactly what the issue is. If you do have shingles, they may give you antiviral medication in some cases, but you’ll usually be instructed to use an over-the-counter lotion and pain-relieving medication.
If you have a rash, it may just be that you simply aren’t taking care of your skin properly. If you’ve never used hydrating lotion before, then now could be the right time. You should also look at the kind of soap you’re using and what kind of cleaning agents it contains. Some soaps are closer to dish/clothes detergent than something you should use for the body, so look out for things like parabens, sulfates, and heavy fragrances, among others.
A skin rash should not always be alarming, but there are cases where it should. If things get severe and deteriorate over time, then you should see a doctor, but if things remain stable or slightly better over time, do your research and see if you could treat the issue from home.