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First Aid: Rashes

First Aid

Rashes can be caused by viruses, bacteria, medications, heat, allergies, and many other things. Many are only a minor annoyance, but some can be serious and require medical treatment.

Signs and Symptoms

What to Do

To ease discomfort:

Seek Medical Care


Think Prevention!

Most rashes are difficult to avoid. However, some specific rashes can be prevented:

Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
Date reviewed: April 2014

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