Skin Rash

What is skin rash?

Skin Rash

A rash is irritated or swollen area on the body. It involves many different features such as itchiness, redness, bumpiness, roughness, scaliness, swelling, and irritation. Every skin rash is different in characteristics and appearance. It can be a symptom of some types of cancer, a side effect of the cancer treatments, or other infections (shingles).

It’s important to remember that not every disturbance is a rash. And not every skin rash is related to cancer.

How bad is my skin rash?

Mild: covers <10% BSA, which may or may not have features such as itchiness, redness, swelling

Moderate: covers 10 – 30% BSA, which have mild to moderate features such as itchiness, redness, swelling; limiting instrumental ADL (preparing meals, managing money, shopping, doing housework, and using a telephone).

Severe: covers >30% BSA with moderate or severe symptoms; limiting self-care ADL (eating, dressing, getting into or out of a bed or chair, taking a bath or shower, and using the toilet).

How to manage mild skin rash?

  • Identify potential triggers for the rash and avoid them as much as possible.
  • Carefully follow treatments your doctor prescribes. Use medicated lotions.
  • Avoid scrubbing your skin.
  • Use gentle cleansers
  • Avoid applying cosmetic lotions or ointments directly on the rash.
  • Use warm water for cleaning. Pat dry, don’t rub.
  • Leave the affected area exposed to the air as much as possible.

How to manage moderate to severe skin rash?

Call your health care provider if you have following symptoms along with rash

What are the causes?

  • Chemicals in elastic, latex, and rubber products
  • Cosmetics, soaps, and detergents
  • Dyes and other chemicals in clothing
  • Poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • Certain types of cancers (leukemia) and cancer treatments
  • Medical conditions such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema, psoriasis and shingles.

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