Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Overview Underlying Cause

Rash in One Area of the Body Overview

Another name for Rash in One Area of the Body is Rash (localized).

What is a localized rash?
A person with a localized rash has a rash that is present only on one area of the body. A generalized rash is present on several areas of the body. Common causes of a localized skin rash include cellulitis, contact dermatitis, and poison ivy.

What are the symptoms of a localized rash?
The skin may be white, red, purple, brown, raised, flat, moist, pale, peeling, dry, crusted or scaly. Additional symptoms of a localized rash include blisters, hives, skin lumps, skin swelling, skin ulcers, or pus draining from the skin.

How does the doctor treat a localized rash?
Treatment for a localized rash depends on the cause for the rash. General treatment for a localized rash may include skin moisturizers, corticosteroid creams, oral corticosteroids, antibiotics for infections, phototherapy, and antihistamine medications for itching.

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