Eczema & Rashes

Eczema & Rashes

Skin rashes, such as eczema, are often irritating and painful and depending on the type, may need medical attention to clear up. Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery develops personalized treatments for all types of skin rashes, including dermatology surgery. If you're suffering from eczema or a different skin rash, contact our office today.  

Common Types of Skin Rashes

These are seven of the most common types of skin rashes diagnosed and treated by Gainesville dermatology professionals, including the surgeons at Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery.

Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)

The skin develops itchy, brownish-gray to red patches with eczema. Though these symptoms vary widely, they may also include small, raised bumps and cracked, scaly, or thickened skin.  Eczema is most common in children but can occur at any age.

Heat Rash (Miliaria)

Hot and humid weather often causes heat rash for many people but the rash can also form by overdressing. Heat rash has two forms, prickly heat and miliaria crystallina. Prickly heat is characterized by small, red bumps that create a prickling or stinging sensation. Clear, fluid-filled bumps characterized miliaria crystallina generally without any other symptoms.

Contact Dermatitis

Contact dermatitis occurs when a person comes into direct contact with or has an allergic reaction to certain substances. Cleaning products and industrial chemicals are common causes of contact dermatitis with a dry, non-itchy, scaly rash as a result. An itchy, red rash with bumps and blisters forms with allergic contact dermatitis. Frequent allergens are latex rubber, nickel, and poison ivy.


Silvery, thick scales along with dry, inflamed, and sometimes painful patches characterize psoriasis. The patches and scales result from a sped-up skin cell life cycle and rapid accumulation of dead skin cells. Psoriasis tends to have intermittent flare-ups.


Rosacea causes facial redness and sometimes small bumps which are red or pus-filled in adults. This type of rash is a chronic skin condition marked by intermittent flare-ups caused by environmental triggers which vary from person to person. These triggers increase the blood flow to the skin’s surface.

Christmas Tree Rash (Pityriasis Rosea)

Christmas tree rash earned its name from the pattern that often forms, resembling the outline of a Christmas tree. The rash itself has a fine, itchy, and scaly texture which forms in a single patch, usually on the abdomen, back, or chest. Christmas tree rash generally goes away without treatment in several weeks, but make take months in more severe cases.  

Ringworm (Tinea Corporis)

A fungal infection rather than a rash, ringworm is characterized by expanding rings that are itchy, red, scaly, and slightly raised. As the infection spreads, the rings grow outward and infection in the center diminishes. This skin condition is highly contagious and requires treatment to fully resolve.

Tips For Caring For Skin Rashes

There are many over-the-counter treatments available to help ease skin rash symptoms. A Gainesville dermatologist will likely recommend the use of these medications and techniques:

  • Anti-itch creams such as one percent hydrocortisone cream;
  • Oral antihistamines may help control itching;
  • Moisturizing lotions provide needed moisture and help the skin begin to heal; and
  • Avoid any known allergens and irritants to reduce the number of flare-ups.

Dermatologist In Gainesville, FL

Eczema and skin rashes don’t have to become a part of everyday life. Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery believes in determining the root cause and developing a treatment plan based on individual needs. This is our approach to everything we do, including acne treatment in Gainesville. To learn more about effectively treating eczema and skin rashes, contact Gainesville Dermatology & Skin Surgery today.