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Skin rashes come in many forms and can be caused by a variety of factors, including heat, allergens, immune system disorders and medications.
Some may go away within a few days, others may take weeks or longer. For some, an over-the-counter ointment may do the trick. Others may require a doctor’s visit and medication.
Some common skin rashes include:
While most skin rashes are not life-threatening, they could be a symptom of something more serious.
You should contact your doctor about your skin rash if:
With mandates requiring the use of face masks due to COVID-19, you may experience some skin irritations from your face mask. Your face mask should fit firmly around your face, but this can cause friction and skin irritations around the area where the masks rests (particularly on the bridge of your nose or around your chin or behind your ears).
If you experience some irritation, try using zinc oxide, which is also used in diaper rash creams and acts as an anti-inflammatory. You can spread a thin layer of the cream behind your ears, on the bridge of your nose or under your chin to help prevent skin irritation from the mask. For sensitive skin, be sure to wash your face, pat it dry and apply a skin moisturizer before wearing your mask. Experts also suggest regularly washing cloth face masks with soap and hot water —and dry thoroughly — to keep them clean.
If you already have a skin condition, be sure to take your medications regularly to avoid further flare-ups from face mask use. If you notice a new rash, contact your physician.
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