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Acute Rash

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is an acute rash?

A rash is irritated, red, or itchy skin or mucus membranes, such as the lining of your nose or throat. Acute means the rash starts suddenly, worsens quickly, and lasts a short time.

What are some common types of rashes?

How is an acute rash diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider may know what kind of rash you have by looking at it. Tell him or her when and where the rash first appeared. Describe how often you get the rash and if anything causes it, such as food, activity, or stress. Give your provider a list of your medicines, allergies, and health conditions. Include any family history of rashes. A dermatologist (skin specialist) may help find the cause of your rash.

How is an acute rash treated?

Treatment will depend on the condition causing your acute rash. You may need any of the following:

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

What can I do to help prevent a rash or care for my skin when I have a rash?

Dry skin can lead to more problems. Do not scratch your skin if it itches. You may cause a skin infection by scratching. The following may prevent dry skin, and help your skin look better:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your healthcare providers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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