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Summer Skin Rashes

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Now that Summer is here, there are several rashes that are worse or more noticeable in the warmer months. Here are several:

  • Tinea versicolor: This rash is caused by an increase in yeast in the skin more noticeable in warmer months when people are getting more tan. Usually this presents with many light, dark or red spots on the back and chest.
  • Polymorphous Light Eruption: This is a recurring rash every Spring/Summer or during vacation months in areas that are exposed to the sun (commonly face, neck, chest, and arms). The rash is caused by an inherited “allergy” to the sun and usually consists of red itchy bumps that start several hours after sunlight exposure. It is very common; up to 1 out of 5 people have this condition.
  • Poison Ivy Rash is caused by poison ivy, a three-leafed plant. Outdoor activities or work can lead to this extremely itchy rash which is usually on body parts that are not covered by clothing. Blisters can also occur in severe cases.
  • Intertrigo: This rash is more common in the folds (armpits, groin or under the breasts) and worse with humidity. It can be caused by irritation and yeast overgrowth.

There are good treatments for all of the above conditions. If you notice them in yourself or family members, call to schedule a medical visit with one of our providers.


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