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Last updated: February 20, 2019

What Does Rash Mean?

A rash is a altering of skin color, temperature, and overall appearance. A rash can affect any part of the body, and can be localized to one area of the body or can spread to several different areas. They commonly last one-two weeks. A rash can be an ailment in itself or symptomatic of another illness.

Safeopedia Explains Rash

In the workplace, a rash can be symptomatic of allergies to various dyes, detergents and even some metals. It is vital to wear protective garments (such as gloves) in any industry where skin contact with possible irritants is likely. For minor rashes (light discoloration with some itchiness) a topical cream such as hydrocortisone can be an effective way to reduce discomfort and allow the healing process to take place. For more serious rashes, a stronger prescription will be needed as the skin may be too inflamed to absorb topical creams. If the rash does not improve after five days, seek the advice of your family doctor.




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