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Understanding Summer Rashes

Rashes and other skin problems are one of the most common complaints brought to doctors in the summer.  While many rashes may seem the same, think about some common causes if you get summer skin problems.

Think about your activities and how they might be related to the onset of the rash.  Were you out in the woods?  Are deer ticks common in your area?  If so, you may want to be aware of the "bull's eye" rash typical of Lyme disease.  Were you picking weeds and getting into poison ivy instead?  This can be a very localized rash that spreads quickly, and is generally very itchy.  It is also highly contagious between people who are sensitive to it.

Insect bites of many kinds are more common in the summer.  In addition to ticks, be aware of chigger, gnats, spiders, mosquitoes, ants and bees.  People who are allergic to insect bites should wear medic alert bracelets.  Beach swimmers need to consider sea lice, jelly fish bites, or other marine exposures.  Other allergies are important to consider:  allergies to sunscreen products, chlorine or other pool chemicals, or insect repellents are common but often overlooked summer offenders.

The sun itself can also cause not only sunburn, but sun poisoning and related rashes.  The bottom line is that if you see something unfamiliar or uncomfortable on your skin, consult your physician. 

Created: 6/21/2001  -  Donnica Moore, M.D.

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