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Can rashes spread from scratching?

Rashes are a common occurrence. Most patients will experience rashes at some point during their lives. However, just because they are common doesn’t mean they should be ignored or brushed off as simple irritation. Rashes might indicate a more serious issue, so a thorough evaluation with a dermatological professional is the first place to start!

What causes rashes?

There are a wide range of reasons why a patient might see their dermatologist for a rash. At Keys Dermatology, we often see situations such as the conditions below:

  • Eczema
  • Bug bites (fleas, mosquitos, etc.)
  • Contact dermatitis (allergic reaction)
  • Hand, foot, and mouth disease
  • Diaper rash
  • Measles
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Psoriasis
  • Drug allergy
  • Scabies
  • Scarlet fever
  • Chicken pox
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Shingles
  • Cellulitis
  • Fifths disease
  • Rosacea
  • Impetigo
  • Ringworm

Can rashes spread from scratching?

Many patients who have a rash experience itching and discomfort as well. It is best for patients to try to avoid scratching the rash whenever possible to reduce the risk of infection. Additionally, some types of rashes are contagious, so itching and touching others can spread the rash. This is why it is vital that patients with a rash get a proper diagnosis from a trained professional to then decide what can be done to ease or eliminate the rash. Depending on the diagnosis, patients may be given medication or topical creams to help reduce itching, while other conditions might need to run their course to be resolved. With the help of a dermatological professional, patients can find out what needs to be done to eliminate the rash while keeping them comfortable.

Which rashes are contagious?

Below is a small list of common rashes that are contagious, and can spread from person to person:

  • Chicken pox
  • Shingles
  • Herpes
  • Yeast infections
  • Thrush
  • Poison ivy rash
  • MRSA infection
  • Scabies
  • Ringworm
  • Impetigo

Discuss your skincare needs with the professionals at Keys Dermatology

Patients in the areas of Islamorada and Key West, FL who are in need of dermatological care can connect with the doctors at Keys Dermatology by calling (305) 296-3334. Dr. George VonHilsheimer is available to help new and existing patients with their skin care at their various practice locations.

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