Pictures of Itchy Skin Rashes

What Itchy Skin Rashes Look Like

What Eczema Looks Like

Pictures of Eczema Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, is an itch that when scratched, turns into a rash. Eczema appears as dry, red, flaky patches on the skin, often seen on the inside of the elbows and behind the knees. Photo © A.D.A.M.

Learn what the most common forms of itchy skin rashes look like.

Learn what eczema looks like.

Eczema can have different appearances depending on how long it has been present. For example, acute eczema can include blisters and vesicles containing fluid. Subacute eczema that has been present for days to weeks may appear dry and flaky. Chronic eczema that has been present for months to years can cause the skin to become thickened or leathery in appearance. This is called lichenification. Eczema is usually found on the flexural areas of the body, especially in the elbow folds and behind the knees.

What Poison Oak and Ivy Rashes Look Like

Pictures of What Poison Oak and Poison Ivy Rashes Look Like This is contact dermatitis caused by poison ivy, located on the leg. These early lesions consist of multiple small blisters, often in a line, where the skin has brushed against the poison ivy plant. As the rash heals, the blisters will peel and flake. Photo © A.D.A.M.

Learn what rashes caused by poison oak, poison ivy and poison sumac look like.

Poison oak is form of acute eczema, which most often appears as fluid filled blisters and vesicle on the skin. Since poison oak is caused by the skin coming into contact with plants, the rash is classically in a linear pattern caused by the plant rubbing along with skin, such as when a person is hiking through the woods.

What Psoriasis Looks Like

Pictures of What Psoriasis Looks Like Psoriasis appears as thick, silvery, scaly patches over joint surfaces. It is also commonly found in the scalp. Inverse psoriasis can appear in the armpits and groin, and is often confused with ringworm ("jock itch"). Photo © A.D.A.M.

Learn what pictures of psoriasis looks like.

Psoriasis appears as thick, slivery scale that is most commonly found over the joint surfaces and the scalp.

What Dermatitis Herpetiformis Looks Like

Pictures of What Dermatitis Herpetiformis Looks Like Dermatitis herpetiformis is an extremely itchy skin rash found over bony joints, hands, the lower back and the scalp. It is caused by a non-allergic immune reaction to gluten, a protein in found in wheat. Photo © A.D.A.M.

Find out what pictures of dermatitis herpetiformis looks like.

Dermatitis herpetiformis usually presents as small fluid-filled blisters over the joint surfaces, but can also be present on the back of the scalp and lower back region.

What Ringworm (Tinea) Looks Like

Pictures of What Ringworm (Tinea) Looks Like Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin and appears as a red ring-shaped lesion with clearing in the center. The edges of the lesion are raised and flaky. Ringworm is most common in the groin and armpits, but can occur anywhere on the body. Photo © A.D.A.M.

Find out what ringworm infection looks like.

Ringworm appears as a flat rash that is usually red around the outer border with whitish appearance in the center. The borders may have flaking or scaling present. 

What Folliculitis Looks Like

Pictures of What Folliculitis Looks Like Folliculitis causes an itchy, red rash and pus-filled blisters, forming around hair follicles. It commonly starts after shaving (face in men, legs in women), but can be spread anywhere on the body as a result of scratching. It is treated with antibiotics. Photo © A.D.A.M.

Learn what pictures of what folliculitis looks like.

Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicles and appears as small pimples, especially over areas of the body where the hair is shaved, such as the lower legs in women or face in men. Since people are covered in hair follicles, the rash can occur in most places on the body.

Pictures of Hives

What Hives Look Like Urticaria (hives) is a common itchy rash that appears as raised, red bumps in various shapes and sizes. The bumps often group together to form geographic shapes. The rash changes quickly over minutes to hours, and leaves normal skin behind. Photo © A.D.A.M.

Learn what hives look like.

Urticaria, or hives, are raised, red, itchy bumps of various sizes and shapes. They are usually red around the edges and white in the center. Hives are caused by histamine release into the skin, which usually only lasts for a number of minutes to hiurs. Therefore, hives are one of the few rashes that come and go, or at least move around, quite quickly.  

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