Rash on Chest and Back: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Rash on Chest and Back: Everyone desires to have a pure and soft skin’s texture, but what if you once noticed sudden changes on your skin that takes the form of itchy, reddish or pinkish, and pimply-like layer on chest and back. Medically speaking, this is known as rash. One may wonder: “Are there several types of rash or is it one-typed disease? Well, rash has different types: Eczema, Granuloma, Annulare, Lichen Planus, and Pityriasis Rosea. Each type of rash differs in symptoms, causes, diagnoses, and treatment. In this article, we will be speaking about each type separately, so that you can form a full image about each one of them.

Rash on Chest and Back
Rash on Chest and Back

Eczema Rash on Chest and Back

 

This happens when one’s skin start to change from normal and soft skin into red, scaly, and itchy one. Eczema’s most common form is called “atopic eczema.” Despite being not infectious, this kind of rash occurs in both children and adults.

Causes of atopic eczema

The major causes of this kind of rash is unknown exactly. Yet, One’s family with a history of allergies may be largely liable to get affected by this kind of rash. A lot of people who suffers from atopic eczema also have ‘hay fever’ or \and ‘asthma’ or have members of family with those conditions. Having said that this rash has no obvious cause, there are several factors that may provoke it and make it gets even worse, such as: pressure, irritants e.g. soaps and cosmetics, allergens, and climate changes.

Symptoms of atopic eczema

Atopic eczema is not limited to a specific target group or age, in a sense, both adults and children are liable to be affected by rash. However, the place where rash appears in each target group (adults or kids) varies. That’s, in children, you find rash spread over elbows, knees, face, neck rash and scalp. While in adults, it’s usually seen on bending areas, such as: elbows and back of the knees. The signs of atopic eczema include:

  1. Itching.
  2. Redness.
  3. Dry, crusty and rough skin which turns into being leathery and thick from scratching it too long.
  4. Appearance of small and liquid-filled pimples that may ooze when itched.

 

Diagnosis

Atopic eczema may be best examined through analyzing one’s history of rash’s symptoms. In this case, a doctor’s intervention is indispensably necessary, as the doctor tests the crusty or rough areas to rule out other skin diseases and infections.

Treatment

To avoid redness, itchiness, and swelling associated with atopic rash, over-the-counter creams or medications may be prescribed by doctors. These medications include: ointments containing the steroid hydrocortisone, cortisone pills and creams.

How can eczema rash be prevented:

Atopic eczema can’t be completely prevented; yet, it can be minimized to the least level as possible. To minimize signs of atopic eczema, follow the recommendations below:

  1. Stay relaxed and get away from pressure.
  2. Avoid using irritants, such as: provocative cosmetics, laundry detergents, solvents.
  3. Keep your skin moisturized. flaky skin
  4. Avoid getting sweat or overheated.

 

Granuloma Annulare rash on Chest and Back

 

This type of rash is more common in girls than boys; it takes a circular shape with reddish or pinkish color. This type affects both adults and children.

Granuloma Annulare rash
Granuloma Annulare rash

Causes of this rash

It’s still unknown regarding how this rash occurs.

Symptoms and signs of rash

The most obvious symptom of  this rash is red circles of pumps on the backs of the forearms, hands or feet. In some cases, more than one circle may be noticed.

Diagnosis

Using a skin biopsy, a doctor can easily diagnoses a patient with Granuloma Annular rash.

Treatment

Unless it’s for cosmetic grounds, treatment of this type of rash is not a must. Sometimes, steroid creams or ointments are prescribed, so that it helps bumps to disappear. Using liquid nitrogen or injections of steroid into the red circles, some doctors may resort to freezing the circles.

 

Lichen Planus rash on Chest and Back

 

It’s a very well-known kind of disease in which skin is covered by flat pimples with angular shapes, as well as reddish-purplish color. As for the areas where this rash appears, it might appear over any part of the body, especially inside wrists, ankles, lower legs, the back and the leg. The rash might also appear inside the mouth, around genital regions, hair and nails. As for the target group that mostly get affected by this kind of rash, it mostly occurs in in adults 30-70 years old. So, it’s not common in very young or old people.

Lichen Planus rash
Lichen Planus rash

Causes

Despite being of unknown causes, in some cases, Lichen Planus rash is associated with Hepatitis C infection. Medications of high blood pressure, heart disease, and arthritis may cause this kind of rash, too.

Symptoms and signs

  1. Reddish to reddish-purplish flat acnes.
  2. Hair fall in case Lichen Planus appears on scalp.
  3. Weakness and split in nails when it appears on nails.

 

Diagnosis

The Lichen Planus rash can be diagnosed by professional doctors via its distinctive appearance.  Using a skin biopsy, a sample of the infectious skin is taken to a lab to be tested.

Treatment

Lichen Planus can’t be cured over a night; yet, its signs can be reduced to the minimum limit by using ‘Antihistamines.’ In case Lichen Planus rash affects small parts of the body, you can simply apply your medicated cream on the contagious parts. If the case gets much worse, steroid injections or prednisone may be prescribed.

 

Pityriasis Rosea rash on Chest and Back

 

It’s the reddish pinkish and rough  patch that appears  on the chest or back. Usually, this patch is followed by extra pink or red patches.

Pityriasis Rosea rash
Pityriasis Rosea rash

Causes

Like other types, this rash has no clear causes. However, this rash looks like a specific viral disease, so there is an evidence that this disease results from viruses. It’s worth to mention that this rash is not infectious and doesn’t spread from one person to another.

Symptoms and signs

Initially, one may notice appearance of red and pink patches followed by additional red spots, which get itchier and more inflammatory by the time. Concerning the parts of body that get affected by this kind of rash are: the back, the chest, the neck, the abdomen, upper arms, and legs.

Diagnosis

Normally, doctors ask people with Pityriasis Rosea rash to carry out blood tests, scrap the skin or skin biopsy, so that he can rule out any other skin conditions.

Treatment

Patients with mild cases of Pityriasis Rosea rash don’t necessarily need treatment, and sever cases also can overcome this rash without treatment prescribed. Yet, doctors may prescribe some medications that reduce itchiness, such as: antihistamines. In order to get rid of sores linked to this rash, exposure to sunlight is really recommended, but not too much.

 

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