A skin rash is a general term used by doctors and patients alike to describe a difference in the look and feel of the skin. The skin may swell, become feverish or start to peel, which can also be identified as a rash. Other common skin rashes are hives or allergic reactions that cause the skin to change in appearance. Some of the most common skin rashes are eczema and rosacea, which need to be treated with over-the-counter medications. Sufferers of skin rash are encouraged to seek the advice of their health care provider for treatment options.
One of the most commonly used medicines for skin rash is hydrocortisone. It reduces the appearance of a rash and also soothes inflammation and skin irritability. It comes in many forms, but is most commonly used as a cream. The cream can be applied several times a day or as directed by a doctor. It helps individuals suffering from eczema, which is an extreme skin rash that spreads across the body. According to MedlinePlus, hydrocortisone may take between seven and 10 days to completely clear away a skin rash.
Eczema is a skin rash that produces dry scaly skin. The skin cannot hold natural moisture and begins to flake as a result. This disorder usually starts in children and progress through adulthood. The disorder may become itchy and begin to crack and cause bleeding if untreated. This type of skin rash can spread on the surface of the skin if persistent scratching occurs. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, over the counter medications such as Eucerin can provide the skin with much needed moisture and is best applied after a warm bath.
Skin rashes that appear after touching plants such as poison ivy may be soothed with calamine lotion. It's an over the counter medication that soothes the infected area. Individuals who come in contact with the poisonous plant may experience a skin rash that is both red and itchy. Immediately upon contact, the area should be washed with cool water, as hot or warm water helps the oil in the plant to penetrate the skin. If left untreated it can produce blisters or skin openings that ooze with pus or other clear fluids. According to Des Moines University Clinic, calamine lotion effectively dries the infected area and eases some of the discomfort of itchy skin.