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What causes skin redness? 41 possible conditions

From a sunburn to an allergic reaction, there are many situations in which your skin can become red or irritated. It may be because extra blood rushes to the skin’s surface to fight off irritants and encourage healing. Skin redness can also come from... Read more

See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

1

First Degree Burn

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A first-degree burn is an injury that affects the first layer of your skin. First-degree burns are one of the mildest forms of skin injuries.

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2

Carbuncle

See images of carbuncles, which are also called staph skin infections. Read how these are diagnosed, treated, and prevented.

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3

What You Should Know About Decubitus Ulcers

A decubitus ulcer, also known as a pressure ulcer, pressure sore, or bed sore, is an open wound on your skin. They often occur on the skin covering bony areas.

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4

Allergic Eczema

When your body comes in contact with something that could make you ill, your immune system promotes chemical changes to help your body ward off disease. You are exposed to thousands of substances each day, and most wil...

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5

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis is a condition that makes skin red or inflamed after contact with a particular substance. Contact dermatitis is either the result of an allergen or an irritant. Allergic dermatitis usually appear...

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6

Stasis Dermatitis And Ulcers

Find detailed information on stasis dermatitis and ulcers, including causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention.

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7

Dermatitis

If you've ever been out hiking in the woods, you probably know to avoid certain plants: poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac, for example. They're all off-limits, unless, of course, you want to suffer from ...

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8

Eczema

Eczema is characterized by itchy, dry, rough, flakey, inflamed, and irritated skin. It can flare up, subside, and then flare up again.

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9

Diaper Rash

Diaper rash is an inflammation of the skin on a baby's bottom, caused by excessive exposure to a soiled diaper. Skin on the genitals, buttocks, and thighs will look red, puffy, blistered, and sore.

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10

Drug Allergy Overview

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A drug allergy is an allergic reaction to a medication. Find out how to know if you have one and what to do about it.

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11

Cellulitis

Cellulitis is a common bacterial skin infection. Cellulitis may first appear as a red, swollen area that feels hot and tender to the touch.

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12

Chemical Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Find information about chemical burns and how to prevent them. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of chemical burns.

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13

Angioedema (Giant Hives)

Angioedema is severe swelling beneath the skin. Sometimes the swelling is accompanied by hives. Learn about angioedema symptoms, causes, and treatment.

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14

Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Burns are characterized by severe skin damage that causes the affected cells to die. Most people can recover from burns without serious health consequences.

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15

Venous insufficiency

Venous insufficiency is a condition where the flow of blood through the veins is blocked, causing blood to pool in the legs. It's often caused by blood clots.

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16

Animal Bite

Learn what to do if a pet or a wild animal has bitten you.

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17

Shingles

Shingles is an infection caused by the varicella-zoster virus, which is the same virus that causes chickenpox. Chickenpox can live on in your nervous tissues.

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18

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an infection that can develop in people who have strep throat. Learn about the symptoms, treatment, complications, and prevention of scarlet fever.

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19

Ringworm of the Body (Tinea Corporis)

Ringworm is a contagious skin infection causing a small, itchy, ring-shaped rash. It is not caused by worms but rather a fungus.

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Psoriasis Overview

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that can cause red, scaly patches of skin to appear. Learn more about what it is, why it appears and how it's treated.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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