Rashes

Author: V. Dimov, M.D., Allergist/Immunologist, Cleveland Clinic Florida, Clinical Associate Professor, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine



Pruritic maculopapular rash, described as “Itchy bumps" (click to enlarge the image).



Diagnosis of Pruritus (Itching) (click to enlarge the image).

An approach to diagnosis of rash in adults: rash-selfie and self-coloring book. If the rash is present, do the following:

1. "rash-selfie" - take photos of the rash.
2. rash "self-coloring book" - mark the rash location and duration, on the provided printout.

Complete both and bring to the follow-up appointment.



Rashes (click to enlarge the image).

Based on the type of rash, there are 3 broad groups:



Macules or papules rash: what is the cause? (click to enlarge the image)



Vesicles or Pustules Rash: what is the cause? (click to enlarge the image)



Nodules and Plaques Rash: what is the cause? (click to enlarge the image)

The Generalized Rash: Part I. Differential Diagnosis. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Mar 15;81(6):726-734.
The Generalized Rash: Part II. Diagnostic Approach. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Mar 15;81(6):735-739.

Published: 09/15/2007
Updated: 05/12/2018

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