While we may believe that we know our body, dismissing strange bumps on our skin as a passing nuisance isn't a good idea. Rashes that seem strange and are caused by bacteria, viruses, or something you've ingested could be putting your health in jeopardy. But, when are rashes a cause for concern? Below we explain two possible causes for your rash. You may recognize some of these from personal experience, or you may recognize clues to something that has been ailing you. And be sure to scroll down and watch the video at the end to discover more information.
Shingles are caused by the same herpes virus that causes chickenpox. If you have had chickenpox, there's a good chance you could develop shingles in your life too. It's a painful and viral condition that can appear when the chickenpox virus is no longer dormant.
In fact, more than half of the cases associated with shingles develop in adults over the age of 60. However, anyone can get this rash. A shingles outbreak requires medical intervention. In fact, complications can occur if the rash is close to the eye area. In which case, it is essential that you seek medical care to avoid any major issues.
2. Drug reaction rashes
There are times when a weird rash appears on your skin from a bug bite or food intolerance. But, it may also be due to something you are taking. In fact, Over the Counter (OTC) medicines and supplements can cause reactions, however, one of the most common sources of skin blunders is antibiotics. A rash of this sort typically begins after a few days of being on prescription. They are generally confined to a small area, or they may spread to cover larger portions of the body. Redness, swelling, or blistering may also be present. If this is the case, it is essential that you discontinue the medication immediately and visit your doctor.
In addition to noticing a rash, this is accompanied by difficult breathing, blisters on the skin or in the mouth, and/or swelling, seek emergency care. In addition, watch out for fever or pain. Drug-related rashes can also resemble pimples or scales and show up anywhere on the body, including the genitals. Nevertheless, if you suspect you have a drug-induced rash, it is important to keep track of what you're taking so that doctors can pinpoint the cause.
In this video, dermatologist Dr. Elissa Lunder discusses shingles and drug reaction rashes: