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Causes of Localized Rash or Redness
Localized Versus Widespread Rash: How to Decide
Contact dermatitis is a common cause of a rash in one area. This is especially true of a small rash that will not go away. Contact dermatitis usually starts as raised red spots. It can change to blisters, as in poison ivy. The rash is itchy. Contact dermatitis is an allergic skin rash. The location of the rash may suggest the cause:
There is redness and puffiness of both cheeks; this is the first sign of Fifth's Disease.
Notice that the area is round and pink. It has a raised rough scaly border. The ring slowly increases in size. It is usually slightly itchy.
This photograph shows the typical appearance of impetigo. Impetigo is Often covered by a soft, yellow-brown scab or crust.
This photo shows a red diaper rash in the area under the diaper.
Any diaper rash that lasts longer than a couple days can become secondarily infected with Candida (yeast). Note the red spots ("satellite lesions") outside the main area of redness.
If a yeast infection is suspected, clotrimazole cream (e.g., Lotrimin; over-the-counter) should be applied 4 times daily.
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