Summer can be a “rashy” time of year, what with being out in the sun a lot more, feeling the heat, and applying all sorts of lotions and potions to our exposed skin. But not all rashes are created equal.
Daniela Kroshinsky, Associate Professor of Dermatology at Harvard Medical School, says, “Most rashes are not life-threatening, but some can signal something more serious. Since rashes can have many causes, if you have concerns, the best way to correctly diagnose a rash is to see a doctor for evaluation”.1
Skin rashes come in all kinds of forms: they may be itchy, hot, scaly, bumpy or blotchy, and sometimes, blisters may occur.1
There are many skin conditions that commonly affect those over 60, and in some cases, treatment may simply be a matter of applying a topical balm or cream that your doctor recommends.2,3
But occasionally, a rash can be a sign of something more serious. In fact, many symptoms may be associated with shingles, and the sooner you can seek medical advice to confirm diagnosis, the better.
Click here to learn more about shingles, or read on for some key warning signs to look out for…
Signs to look out for that might suggest a rash could be shingles:
Shingles rash, (caused by a reactivation of the chickenpox virus later in life), may start small at first, and then evolve through pustular, ulcer, and crust stages.4,5 Shingles needs to be treated within 72 hours of symptom onset, as it can lead to longer-term nerve pain, which can last months or even years.4
If you have a rash you’re concerned about, don’t hesitate to see your doctor. Discuss with your doctor your risk of shingles and any common types of rash you should be looking out for.
Visit www.shingles.com.au to learn more, or tell us:
Have you experienced a rash that turned out to be something more serious? What do you do to help avoid rashes in the summer heat?
This post is sponsored by bioCSL in support of the “Don’t Shhh Shingles” public health education campaign. It was written as we feel it delivers valuable insights into a subject important to the Starts at 60 community.
For more information, please visit www.shingles.com.au