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We've all seen skin rashes, and we all know enough about them to be able to tell when we have one, but what are they? All that can really consistently be said about skin rashes is that they're irritated or swollen patches of skin, skin lesions of some kind. Though they're also often itchy, red, uncomfortable and even painful, not all skin rashes are, and skin rashes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and can appear pretty much anywhere you have skin. Skin rashes are so very varied, of course, because they're caused by numerous different things. 

There's no way to tell what's causing a particular person's recurring skin rash without much more information, then. The most prudent advice I have for people suffering from recurring skin rashes is to see a doctor. You can start with your primary care provider, and may be referred to a dermatologist from there on if necessary. It's important not to continue to self-treat if your rash keeps coming back, because frequent recurrences mean that whatever you have done to try to treat your skin rashes is not working. Proper diagnosis, as always, opens the door to effective treatment. 

Having said all that, here are some of the possible causes of recurring skin rashes — and some notes on their treatment. 

Frequent Causes Of Recurring Skin Rashes

Contact dermatitis is one of the most common causes of skin rashes in general, and it occurs upon or following contact with an irritating substance or allergen. Your skin will be red, swollen, tender, and it may ooze. Recurring instances of contact dermatitis mean that you continue to have contact with the culprit. Cosmetic products, household chemicals, substances you encounter at work, nickel, poison ivy, and even frequent submersion of the relevant part of the skin in water can all be causes. Removing yourself from contact with the substance in question will put a stop it contact dermatitis. 

Eczema, which comes in different types, is another possible cause of recurring skin rashes. The most common kind is atopic dermatitis, and it's characterized by dry and itchy skin. As you answer the urge to scratch, it will become red, swollen, and ever more irritated. While the exact cause of eczema is not currently known, excellent hydration, corticosteroids, and avoiding known triggers can help. 

Fungal skin infections or yeast infections such as ringworm, candidiasis, and athlete's foot are quite likely to recur — even after the use of (often over the counter) medication that clears the infection up seemingly completely. Proper hygiene, in the form of washing anything that comes into contact with the infection right away, helps some. Still, some people are vulnerable to repeated fungal skin infections. 

More serious systemic conditions such as lupus and psoriasis can likewise cause recurring skin rashes (as well as skin rashes that simply never go away). This is, again, why it is so important to consult a doctor when you are faced with skin rashes that keep coming back — you deserve the best treatment you can get, and if you don't see a physician, you will miss out on that chance. 

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