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Skin Redness


Skin redness occurs due to direct exposure to sun and other health conditions. Skin redness, also called flushing, is very common with some probable causes. Sunburn which is exposure to an irritant and use of medication are just a few. Most cases of skin redness are easy to diagnose and treat. But skin redness may be a sign of certain health conditions such as scarlet fever, severe disorder or lupus that can benefit from the treatment like psoriasis. Visit a dermatologist when you suffer from skin disease and require treatment.


You may get sunburn and suffer from:

Visit a doctor when sunburn has left you with severe blisters on large part of your skin. You need to seek for medical care if you feel dizzy after sunburn.

Irritant Contact Dermatitis

Irritant contact dermatitis is a kind of skin reaction that happens after you get in contact with a substance that bothers your skin.

Common offenders are: 

Certain symptoms include:

Seek medical care for rashes that will not go away or that keeps coming back after you treat it.

Allergic Contact Dermatitis

You may have skin response after coming in contact with something you are allergic to. If you deal with metals or chemicals regularly, you might suffer from allergy over time. This condition is known as allergic contact dermatitis.

Jewelry workers might be allergic to nickel. Chemicals in the dyes that hairstylists use can lead to allergic reactions. Redness seems to be a part of immune response of your body.

See a dermatologist when you have skin redness and these symptoms include:


Herbal supplements, prescription drugs and over-the-counter (OTC) medications may lead to allergic reactions and other side effects which include red skin.

Drugs that may trigger hives or red rashes are:

Some skin-related side effects of medications include:

Signs of drug allergy include:


Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, leads to sensitive and dry skin with itchy red patches that fade and flare up from time to time. Eczema might take place at any age. It is quite common in babies and children but they may outgrow it in time.

Eczema usually appears red on lighter skin tones and dark brown, purple or grey on darker skin tones. If you have eczema, see a dermatologist right away.

Some symptoms include:

Seborrheic dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis or dandruff is a skin condition that affects the top of your head. It may affect other body parts that have sebaceous glands such as – chest, upper back and face. Anyone can have dandruff but it is more common in infants and adults above 40 to 60 years.

The condition can be the reason for: 

Dandruff shampoo with selenium sulfide may resolve this condition. You need to visit a dermatologist if you have symptoms of infection such as:


If you find yourself blushing often, you might be suffering from rosacea. 

Some symptoms include: 


Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes your body to produce cells rapidly. This fast growth makes red patches flare up now and then. It is important to visit a dermatologist when you have psoriasis. After the right diagnosis, you can find treatments that can lessen your symptoms.

Symptoms of psoriasis include: 

Autoimmune Conditions

Autoimmune condition causes the body to attack itself and such conditions cause symptoms that might affect the entire body. These can be muscle weakness, joint pain and fatigue. Some conditions affect the skin that includes:

If you have autoimmune condition, you will require certain medications to treat for treating a wide range of symptoms.


Folliculitis is an infection in the hair follicle on your skin. When hair follicle gets infected, the skin around it may darken or become red. It might swell slightly and sometimes appear like white-tipped pimples.

Folliculitis occurs when bacteria or fungus get inside the hair follicle. Using hot tub, applying charcoal tar or plucking hair that is not clean can lead to problem.

Visit a dermatologist when folliculitis keeps on coming back and take antibiotics to clear the infection.

How skin redness can be diagnosed

The dermatologist will examine your skin redness. If the symptoms come and go, they will listen to your description of them. They will ask you some questions which are the following:

When you should seek medical help for skin redness

You should get immediate medical attention when you suffer from any of the following symptoms related to skin redness:

redness near or on the eyes affecting your vision