Red skin is a broad term which can incorporate a number of problems. This may include the skin being inflamed, having a rash or to more serious problems such as eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Having a rash on your body could mean it is a number of things depending on where about your rash is.
If your face is covered in small pus-filled sacs or pimples then it is likely you have acne.
Treatments are available now but it is advised you go to the doctor and get them to take a look at it to see if they can prescribe you with anything.
If you have a cluster of painful red bumps then you have boils. They occur due to an infection under the skin. A cluster is known as a carbuncle. To get rid of a boil, gently compress it with a warm cloth.
If you have irregular, raised flat sores that appear after you have taken medicine then you have had an allergic reaction to the medicine you have taken. You are best calling your doctor. Commonly people are allergic to the penicillin in antibiotics.
Hives occur due to a skin reaction to an infection, allergen or the consumption of medicine. Use an antihistamine and compress gently, if other symptoms persist go to your doctor straight away.
Seborrheic dermatitis, in which the sebaceous glands overproduce, can be found on the face, usually around the nose, eyes and scalp. The appearance of the problem is that it is red, itchy, scaly and an oily rash which is found in adults.
It can be treated usually with an antihistamine cream, containing a mild steroid.
Psoriasis is a skin problem that is usually treated through the use of phototherapy which incorporates the application and uses of strong UVB lights to help get rid of it.
Psoriasis appears like a white scaly rash over the top of red skin and is caused by an overproduction of skin cells.
If you have a sore throat and a fever, combined with a red rash starting on your forehead spreading downward then it is likely you have measles. Measles usually affects children and is a virus that needs to be treated straight away, so contact your doctor.
If your suffering from a fever, cough, aches, tiredness, sore throat with blisters all over your body then you have chickenpox. It is a virus that is most common in children.
Shingles are a herpes-zoster viral infection on the nerves which are extremely painful red blisters that might crust.
When referring to red skin, a common skin problem is rosacea which appears on the face. It appears on the face as a flushed look and redness around the forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. Treatment is not needed usually unless the symptoms are strong then you can treat it with anti-biotics.
Rosacea is common but yet unknown to many people and 14 million Americans have it but many do not know it. 70% of people who were being treated for Rosacea said that the condition has lowered their self-confidence and self-esteem.
This is because the problem is found on the face where it is exposed to the public and it cannot be hidden away.
Rosacea is not just a red flush that can appear on your face but also has other symptoms. The eyes can become irritated and watery, while bumps, pimples and small blood vessels become visible on the face.
Red skin can mean a number of things so if you are unsure on what it could be then seek medical advice from your local healthcare to determine your problem.
Usually red skin problems are not too serious but in saying this some are.
So it is better to be safe and get it checked out.