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How To Treat Skin Redness (Erythema)

Erythema is a medical term for redness of the skin. It occurs when blood vessels in the skin dilate and is often the result of inflammation or injury. Erythema can be localised to one area of the body or it can be widespread. It is usually not a serious condition and will resolve itself over time. However, in some cases it can be a sign of a more serious underlying condition. If you are concerned about erythema, or it does not go away after a few days, you should see a doctor.

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Here are 10 common causes of skin redness and some tips on how to treat them:

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Sunburn:

The best way to treat sunburn is to avoid it in the first place by wearing sunscreen and protective clothing. If you do get sunburned, apply a cool compress, take a pain reliever, and moisturize your skin to soothe it.

Allergies:

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If your skin is red due to an allergic reaction, try to identify and avoid the trigger. Antihistamines and topical steroids can help relieve symptoms.

Irritants:

Avoid using products that irritate your skin, such as harsh soaps, fragrances, and detergents. Instead, use gentle, fragrance-free products.

Eczema:

Eczema causes red, itchy, and inflamed skin. Use moisturizers and avoid triggers such as stress, hot showers, and wool fabrics.

Rosacea:

Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that causes redness and flushing of the face. Use gentle skincare products and avoid triggers such as spicy food and alcohol.

Acne:

Acne can cause redness and inflammation of the skin. Use acne-fighting products and avoid touching or picking at your skin.

Psoriasis:

Psoriasis causes red, scaly patches of skin. Use moisturizers and medicated creams prescribed by a dermatologist.

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Hives:

Hives are red, itchy welts on the skin. Antihistamines can help relieve symptoms.

Infections:

If your skin is red due to an infection, such as cellulitis or impetigo, seek medical treatment immediately.

Medications:

Some medications can cause skin redness as a side effect. Talk to your doctor about switching to a different medication if this occurs.

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