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Spring and Summer Rashes: Common Characteristics of the Most Common Seasonal Rashes


Warm weather is just around the corner and so are the long days of lounging in the sunshine. But while there’s nothing like spring in the Chicagoland area, it’s best to brush up on the characteristics of common spring skin and summer rashes before heading outside.

Polymorphous light eruption (PMLE): A skin problem which may affect 10 to 20% of people in the United States, PMLE commonly occurs during the spring and summer months in areas of the body exposed to the sun including the face, neck, arms, and legs. This spring rash appears as juicy, red, extremely itchy bumps that commonly appear several hours after being exposed to the sun.

Heat Rash (Miliara): with the increase of temperature and moisture, your hair follicles may get easily clogged and small zit-like bumps may appear on the back and chest. Occasionally, deep, painful, acne-like breakouts may occur in more severe cases.

Lyme Disease, Tick, Bulls Eye RashLyme’s disease: a tick borne illness, commonly seen throughout the United States, it can initially appear as a small red bump, growing into a larger rash, having a bull’s-eye appearance (red border rash with central clearance in the middle). It is usually seen shortly after the tick bite.

Poison Ivy, Oak, Sumac: As plants, grass, and trees grow, you may be exposed to toxic allergens. These rashes often feel itchy before growing to appear as red, juicy bumps. Occasionally, fluid-filled lesions may appear after direct contact with plants containing toxic allergens of your skin. Most commonly, they appear in cross-hatched patterns or linear arrays in areas of skin where exposure to the plant occurred.

Drug induced photosensitivities: Many drugs used to treat common recurring problems such as acne, high blood pressure, and joint pain cause skin rashes that present as red, hive-like bumps on areas exposed to sunlight. Look for this type of rash on wrists, hands, neck, and face. It does not affect or is less severe in covered areas. Common photosensitizing drugs include thiazides (Hydrochlorothiazide), tetracyclines (doxycycline) and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (Ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve®).

If you experience any of these symptoms this year, don’t worry. Armed with excellent treatments for all rashes and a stress-free environment, our providers will have you back in the warm weather before you know it.

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