Types of Rash

Types of Rash: There are many types of rash that need to be distinguished:

Specific Rash Shapes: There are a few skin rashes with a characteristic shape:

Other Types of Skin Redness: Other than rash, there are various types of skin redness:

Location of Rash: A rash can occur in almost any body location:

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 If the rash is on one specific area of your body, look for it here:

  • Hair and scalp
  • Nails
  • Sweat
  • Face
  • Ear
  • Mouth
  • Hands
  • Genitals
  • Feet
  • Skin fold


Source: New Zealand Health1

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There are many different types of dermatitis, and each has a distinct set of treatments. Sometimes the skin’s immune cells react to something that directly touches the skin. Other times, the immune system flares in the skin because of a whole-body infection or illness.

The symptoms of these different types of rashes often overlap. “Itching is a common symptom for all these problems,” says Dr. Stephen I. Katz, director of NIH’s National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. Many rashes are red, painful, and irritated. Some types of rash can also lead to blisters or patches of raw skin. While most rashes clear up fairly quickly, others are long lasting and need to be cared for over long periods of time.

Source: NIH News in Health (NIH)2

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Types may include:3 Types of Skin rash:

  • Bull's eye rash
  • Discoid lupus rash
  • Heliotrope rash
  • Maculopapular exanthema
  • Malar rash
  • Morbilliform rash

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Types of this condition include:4

Types of Skin Rash:

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Types of this condition may include:5 Types of rash:

Categories of Rash

Categories for Rash may include:6 Category of Skin rash:

Categories of Rash

Categories for Rash may include:7

Category of Skin Rash:

  • Integumentary System Signs and Symptoms

Categories of Rash

Categories for this condition may include:8 Category of rash:

  • skin and integumentary tissue symptom

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  1. Source: New Zealand Health: health.govt.nz/ your-health/ conditions-and-treatments/ diseases-and-illnesses/ rashes
  2. Source: NIH News in Health (NIH): newsinhealth.nih.gov/ issue/ apr2012/ feature1
  3. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  4. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  5. Source: SYMP Ontology
  6. Source: Human Phenotype Ontology
  7. Source: NCI Thesaurus
  8. Source: SYMP Ontology

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