How to identify various forms of skin rashes

A rash is basically described as a temporary skin eruption. There are various types of skin rashes and most can be evident in various diseases. One way to identify skin rashes is to check how they are exhibited during an infection by a specific disease. You can learn more about the proper management of rashes by enrolling in a first aid class today.

What is a malar rash?

A malar rash is described as a skin rash that covers the bridge of the nose and some parts of the cheeks. It is also called as a butterfly rash and considered highly photosensitive and tends to turn dark red in color under sunlight. This rash can be seen in an autoimmune disease called as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) which is a disease that typically affects women. This skin rash is also present in some arthritic conditions that have been triggered by viruses.

Skin rashes

There are various types of skin rashes and most can be evident in various diseases.

Petechial rash

A petechial rash usually starts as flat and become elevated and then develops small-sized pinpoints of hemorrhage. Take note that this rash can be seen in Rocky Mountain spotted rash which is a disease caused by a tick bite that carries the bacterium Rickettsia rickettsia. An individual will end up with a petechial rash that starts on the wrists and ankles but radiates to the legs, arms and trunk including the soles and palms. Take note that a petechial rash is also present in meningitis if the individual has platelet abnormalities or have a reduced amount of platelets.

Heliotrope rash

With this form of skin rash, it is characterized as smooth, slightly raised and appears scaly but it has a purplish color. This form of rash is usually seen in dermatomyositis and can occur in the eyelids and specific joints in the fingers. The other locations where this rash can develop include the chest, forehead, forearms, back, lower legs, elbows and knees.

Lacy rash

Initially, this type of skin rash is red in color and slightly elevated in appearance. It can spread and they combine in order to form a blotchy, lace-like pattern across the body. This form of rash can be seen in erythema infectiosum which is caused by a virus known as parvovirus B19. The condition usually affects children where the rash on the cheeks gave the condition the name of “slapped cheek fever”. The rash will later on spread all over the body, resulting to the blotchy, lace-like pattern.

Morbilliform eruption

This form of skin rash looks similar to measles. The rash is red in color and flat and tends to merge in some parts of the body. With this form of rash, it can be seen in Kawasaki syndrome which affects children. The condition involves inflammation that affects the blood vessels. Aside from Kawasaki syndrome, this rash can be seen in other conditions caused by viruses such as toxic shock syndrome and scarlet fever.