During the summer there are a number of rashes that appear. For instance, women shave their legs more often and this can lead to a certain type of skin irritation. Due to the high temperatures we perspire prickly heat can become a problem. Also, as we spend more time outdoors, we can pick up poison ivy or get bitten by red ants resulting in a rash.
Tinea versicolor is caused by mild yeast growth on the surface of the skin. The discolorations formed may be discolorations that have been present for a while, but only show up now when the skin doesn't tan. Often physicians will prescribe products that contain selenium sulfide. Try to wear cotton rather than nylon to help the skin not trap moisture under the skin.
Folliculits, also known as 'Barber Rash', often affects areas of the skin that are unshaved or aggressively shaved in the summer, such as underarms, the groin and bikini hairs. These areas become irritated by shaving often too frequently, agressively or against the hair growth line. It can be further irritated by a number of conditions such as the sun, chlorine, sea water or sun tan lotions. If you are affected by folliculits, you should keep the affected areas clean and dry and use an antibacterial cream such as neomycin or bacitracin twice a day until you see healing. Do not shave the area until is has improved.
The condition poison ivy involves a contact dermatitis caused by making contact with certain poisonous plants. An itchy, red and bubbly rash may occur within a few days of coming into contact with the plant. Use care as the urushiol oil may be on your shoes, clothing or personal items and can spread to the body. Most of the population is allergic to this oil. If so you must wash any clothes that were exposed, avoid scratching or stroking pets, and use hydrocortisone cream and an itching cream such as Caladryl.
Summer rashes are often not serious problems, but should be checked out by a physician. If you experience the symptoms of any of the rashes described above, be sure to avoid scratching and to consult your physican or put a call in to the office to speak with his assitant. Because it isn't always easy to identify a rash, seeing a doctor can help differentiate and rule out specific conditions.