There are several chronic skin rashes that can affect the face and body. Apart from contact eczema/dermatitis the skin can be affected by pityriasis rosea and urticaria.
- Contact eczema (contact dermatitis), can be caused by many natural, as well as household and workplace chemicals. This is the skin responding to an irritant as opposed to you having an allergy. A classic example of contact dermatitis is ‘Poison Ivy’.
- Pityriasis rosea is a self-limiting rash and although it can be visibly quite dramatic, the illness is very mild. It commonly affects children and young adults (10 – 35), but can affect all ages. It goes away on its own without any treatment. Its exact cause is unknown, but certain viruses such as the human herpes virus may play a role.
- Chronic/acute urticaria (which is commonly called ‘hives’) is a condition where you develop an intermittent itchy rash for six weeks or more. The cause is not often clear but may relate to an infection in the body, an auto-immune deficiency or an allergy.
Accurate diagnosis and effective, simple treatment
At ethos our dermatologists will carefully screen you to identify allergens that you are sensitive to, they will rule out any other more serious problems, underlying infections or auto-immune disorders. We will give you lifestyle advice to avoid aggravating factors in the future and help you restore your body’s auto-immune system.
Treatment options include:
- dermatology consultation and prescription medication/ointments
- medical-grade skincare products to use at home
- allergy, blood and patch testing