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Rash on Arms ( Causes, Symptoms, and Caring Tips )

All causes and symptoms about rash on arms

rash on arms
rash on arms

A rash is a remarkable change in the texture or color of your skin. It can appear anywhere, in any pattern and shapes. When a rash appears on any part of the body, the skin become red, swollen and blotchy. rash on arms and legs could be because of many causes,  it may indicate something occurring around the arm itself or suggest a systemic condition.. Here, we will figure out all the possible reasons with useful home advices.


What Can Cause Rash on Arms?


  • Drug Rash:

Sometimes, medications can cause drug rash on arms due to  side effects, allergic reactions or skin’s sensitivity to sunlight after taking specific medicals. This kind of rash will disappear within one week after taking a new medication or stopping take such medications.

  • Bug Bites:

you can be bitten by ticks or fleas. If you have this type of rash, you have to worry of transmitting diseases.

  • Causes of Rash on children.

Rash on arms and legs of children can be due to many reasons including:

  1. Chicken pox : it’s caused by a virus and which leads to very itchy blisters.
  2. Measles which is a respiratory infection.
  3. Scarlet fever: it’s caused by streptococcal infection and requires antibiotics.
  4. Hand, food and mouth disease: which causes red lesions.
  5. Fifth disease: it causes a red and flat rash on the face, hand and upper arms.
  6. Kawasaki disease: an autoimmune disorder that effects blood vessels.
  7. Impetigo: it’s caused by bacteria. It causes red and wet sores.


  • Allergic Reactions:

Allergic reaction of medicines, detergents, foods, and  topical lotions can cause rash on arms and legs. The rash can range from minor symptoms to life-threatening cases, which can be started with swelling and constriction of the nasal passage, difficult breathing. In this case it is life threatening.


  • Hives (Urticaria):

Hives cause a pale or pink swelling like rash on arms which appears along with burning, itchy or stingy sensation. It may last from a few days to weeks, it can affect any part of the body. Mostly, it is caused due to certain allergens, therefore, it is best to take anti-histamines and avoid the allergic reactions.


  • Swimmer’s Itch:

This condition is caused by allergic reaction to waterborne parasite. It leads to itchy or burning rash with bumps or blisters. It might disappear within a week without medical intervention.


  • Contact Dermatitis:

Eczema can be seen commonly in people with allergies or asthma. It is characterized by reddish or itchy rash.

Contact Dermatitis, as one type of eczema, is caused when the skin comes in contact with some products like detergent, soaps, and cosmetics, etc. It could also be caused by cloth dyes or chemicals present in elastic, latex and rubber.  you may develop a rash on your arm when you wear a shirt that was washed with a specific detergent or treated with a chemical.


  • Seborrheic dermatitis:

It  may cause rash on arms and legs. It can be seen on the mouth, nose, ears or any part other than the scalp. It is something nature to experience rashes on the arms and legs.


  • Psoriasis:

It is seen usually on the scalp and on joints. It is is characterized by an itchy, scaly red rash.


What other symptoms might appear with rash on arms?

Other Symptoms can appear along with arm rash depending on the causing disease.

Following are some related localized symptoms that including:

  • Bruising
  • Itchiness
  • Pus or discharge
  • Redness, warmth or swelling
  • Scale formation
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Cough
  • Fever and chills
  • Headache
  • Joint stiffness and pain
  • Runny nose
  • Sore throat


Serious Symptoms that might indicates life-threatening condition:

Arm rash, as a life-threatening symptom, could be along with other symptoms including:

  • Change in level of consciousness, such as passing out or unresponsiveness
  • Chills and Fever
  • Purple rash
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Breathing problems, such as inability to breathe, shortness of breath, choking, or wheezing.
  • Worsening of symptoms despite treatment.
  • Sudden swelling of the face, tongue, or lips.
  • constriction in the throat


You need to get immediate medical attention, when the previous symptoms are seen along with rash on arms and legs.

Home Remedies to Relieve Arm Rash

  • Oatmeal:

Oatmeal helps to reduce inflammation and sooth for the itching. You can apply it on the rash area or add it to your bath.

  • Fruit Peels:

It helps also in soothing an itchy rash or bug bites. You know that fruity smell can attract bugs, so you should it indoors.

  • Aloe Vera:

It is common remedy for any kind of skin disease. It is very effective because it soothes the skin and relieve swelling and irritation. You can cut a leaf from the plant, scoop out its gel, and apply on the rash.

  • Fresh Basil Leaves:

It contains camphor and thymol which have anti-itch properties. It is easy to use.

  • Peppermint Leaves:

Peppermint leaves give a cooling effect for bug bites and itching. You can either crush the leaves and apply it on skin or freeze them with water which gives double effect.

  • Apple Cider Vinegar:

It is an effective anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungak agent. It relieve itching on dry skin.

  • Clay

It can be applied directly on the rash. It relieve itching and helps with acne.


General Caring Tips for rash on arms:

Most of rashes can be treated by following these tips:

  • Don’t scratching on the rash. Keep the rash open. If possible, Do not keep it covered.
  • Use OTC hydrocortisone cream (1% ) to relieve itching.
  • Use Calamine lotion for chicken pox and rash caused by poisonous plants.

Use Gentle cleansers instead of soap.

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