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Rash Pictures
Do you have a rash and you want to find out what's causing it? Take a look at these pictures of common rashes and see if you can find yours.
9 Common Rashes That Can Blister
Do you have a rash with blisters? Do you know what it is? Read more here about common rashes that cause blisters.
8 Common Causes of an Itchy Rash
Rashes are common - some itch, and some don't. Learn more about common itchy rashes and see if you can determine which one you might have.
The ABCDs of Melanoma
How to tell a mole from melanoma using the ABCD's of melanoma with pictures of normal moles and melanoma to illustrate each feature.
Herpes Simplex Pictures
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes.
Herpes Pictures - Early Infection on Finger
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 14.
Herpes Pictures - Typical Lesion on Finger
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 15.
Herpes Genital - Atypical Lesions on Penis
A herpes genital rash is caused by an infection with the herpes simplex virus. The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area. This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes genital rashes. Page 10.
Herpes Pictures - Lesion Around the Eye
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 13.
Herpes Pictures - Lesion on Vulva
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 12.
Herpes Pictures - Crusting Lesions on Penis
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 11.
Chicken Pox Pictures
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin.
Herpes Pictures - Typical Lesion on Penis
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 8.
Herpes Pictures - Healing Lesions on Penis
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 9.
Is Something Giving You Hives? What You Need to...
There are many different hives causes including foods, drugs, infections, and diseases. If you or someone you know has hives, this is the place to go to find out what might be causing it.
Early Shingles Picture
Shingles is a painful rash that's caused by a reactivation of the chicken pox virus. This photo shows a typical early outbreak of shingles. Page 5.
Herpes Pictures - Aphthous Ulcers for Comparison
Aphthous ulcers look like cold sores caused by herpes but they are not. Page 7.
Hives on Abdomen
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 2.
Scabies Rash on Body
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 11.
Early Shingles Rash
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 4.
Impetigo Skin Infection
This is a picture of impetigo, a common bacterial infection that affects only the top layers of the skin. Page 3.
Pityriasis Rosea - Herald Patch
Pityriasis rosea is a common, itchy rash that resolves on its own. Often the rash starts with a "herald
"Spongy" Hives
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures.
Athlete's Foot Picture - Tinea Pedis
This is a picture of athlete's foot, a common fungal infection. Page 6.
PUPPP - Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques...
PUPPP is a common itchy rash that occurs in pregnancy. This is a picture of someone with PUPPP. Page 16.
Herpes Pictures - Typical Lesions on Leg
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 15.
Ringworm Picture - Tinea Corporis
This is a picture of ringworm, or tinea corporis, a common fungal infection. Page 7.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Picture
This is a picture of the rash of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease cause by a tick that can be fatal if not treated. Page 8.
Herpes Pictures - Early Cold Sore
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 6.
Chicken Pox - Typical Early Lesion
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 12.
Guttate Psoriasis of the Trunk
See pictures of various types of psoriasis. Page 10.
What Does the SPF Number on Your Sunscreen...
What do the letters SPF stand for? Find out more about this common acronym - what it means and how it is measured.
What Are the Symptoms of a Herpes Outbreak?
The first outbreak of genital herpes is worse than recurrent genital herpes virus infections. Find out more about how the herpes simplex virus causes the first genital herpes outbreak.
Chicken Pox - Close-Up of Day 6
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 13.
Classic Psoriasis Plaque Picture
See pictures of various types of psoriasis. Page 9.
Skin Infection Pictures - Ringworm
This is a picture of ringworm, or tinea corporis, a common fungal infection. Page 8.
Herpes Pictures - Typical Cold Sore
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 5.
Shingles on Neck
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 8.
Plantar Wart Picture
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts. Page 4.
When You Should See a Doctor for a Rash
What do you do when you have a skin rash and don't know what it is? This article gives skin rash rules to follow.
What You Need to Know About Cellulitis
Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deeper layers of the skin. Find out what this infection looks like and how it's treated.
Shingles - Later Rash
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 9.
Shingles on the Back
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 6.
Skin Infection Pictures
Often when someone gets a rash, they worry that it's an infection. Take a look at these pictures of rashes caused by various infections.
Genital Warts on Labia
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts. Page 5.
What Causes Dark Spots on Your Skin?
Dark spots, or hyperpigmentation, can be caused by many factors. Some of these factors are preventable. Learn more about the conditions and chemicals that can cause dark spots.
Herpes Pictures - Close-up of Early Lesions
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes. Page 2.
Thick Wart on Finger
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts. Page 3.
Herpes Pictures - Chicken Pox Rash for Comparison
The chicken pox rash is very distinctive, but is sometimes confused with herpes or shingles. This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes compared to the chicken pox rash. Page 3.
Shingles With Pus
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 7.
Wart on Penis
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts. Page 6.
Wart on Scalp
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts. Page 7.
How to Treat Different Types of Acne
Blackheads and whiteheads are a specific type of acne called comedones. Find out more about what caused open and closed comedones and how to treat them here.
Skin Infection Pictures - Ingrown Toenail
This is a picture of an ingrown toenail, a common nail infection. Page 9.
Scabies Pictures
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. This gallery shows pictures of the scabies rash and the mite that causes it.
Skin Infection Pictures - Athlete's Foot
This is a picture of athlete's foot, a common fungal infection. Page 10.
Day 5 of Shingles Rash
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 3.
Learn More About Your Skin
The skin is a complicated structure, made up of several layers. Find out more about skin anatomy here.
Treatments for Common Skin Diseases
Learn more about common and uncommon skin conditions.
Chicken Pox - Evolving Lesions
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 5.
SPF - Sun Protection Factor
The definition of spf. Dermatology.
Skin Infection Pictures - Impetigo
This is a picture of impetigo, a common bacterial infection that affects only the top layers of the skin. Page 7.
Day 6 of Shingles Rash
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 4.
9 Common Skin Infections That Cause a Rash
Bacterial skin infections are very common but they can range from merely annoying to deadly. Learn more about these common bacterial skin infections.
The 10 Types of Fungal and Yeast Infection
A fungal infection is a common skin disorder. Some cause a lot of problems but others occur without you really knowing about them. Find out more about fungal infection of the skin.
Hives Pictures
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures.
Chicken Pox - Close-Up
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 6.
What You Should Know About Ringworm
Ringworm, also known as tinea corporis, is a superficial fungal infection of the skin. Find out more about what the ringworm rash looks like, how ringworm is diagnosed, and how ringworm is treated.
Chicken Pox - Day 6
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 7.
How to Identify a Pityriasis Rosea Rash
Pityriasis rosea is a common, self-limited rash that can be very itchy. Find out more about the appearance and treatment of pityriasis rosea.
How Acne Forms
Go through illustrations of the progression of acne lesions - from a normal pore, to blackheads and whiteheads, to pimples and nodular cysts.
Scabies
Scabies is a very itchy skin rash that is caused by a mite. Learn more about what the scabies rash looks like and how it is treated.
Shingles - Day 2
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people. Page 2.
What You Need to Know About Warts
Warts are actually benign tumors of the epidermis caused by a virus. Find what you need to know about this annoying skin condition.
An Overview of Common Bacterial Skin Infections
Bacterial skin infections are common and some are self-limited. This article describes the difference between several types of bacterial skin infections and how they are treated.
All About Shingles
Shingles is a painful rash caused by reactivation of the chickenpox virus - varicella zoster. Learn more about how shingles is contracted and what the rash looks like.
Do You Need to Get a Skin Cyst Removed?
Epidermoid cysts are the most common type of skin cyst. They are also known as sebaceous cysts and they tend to occur more often on the face and upper trunk. Find out more about what causes epidermoid cysts and how they are treated.
How to Treat Hives
Hives, also known as urticaria, is a common allergic skin condition. Find out more about what causes hives and the treatment of hives.
How Antibiotics Work to Treat Acne
Antibiotics are frequently used to treat acne. This article gives a profile of some of the most commonly prescribed antibiotics for acne.
Learn About Your Options to Remove Unwanted Hair
A discussion of the various methods of hair removal.
Shingles Pictures
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people.
How to Identify Normal Moles From Skin Cancer
Moles are common benign tumors that occur anywhere on the body. Learn more about moles and how to tell them apart from melanoma and other skin cancers.
How to Treat a Contagious Rash
Impetigo is a common bacterial skin infection. Learn more about what causes impetigo and how it is treated.
Chicken Pox - On the Hand
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 9.
Scabies Rash on Leg
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 5.
Chicken Pox - In the Mouth
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 10.
Stratum Corneum Anatomy - The Key to Healthy,...
The stratum corneum is the outermost of the 5 layers of the epidermis and is largely responsible for the vital barrier function of the skin. These illustrations will take you through the important components of the stratum corneum that perform this complex barrier function.
How to Identify This Benign Skin Growth
Seborrheic Keratoses, sometimes called barnacles, can be dangerous-looking but they are actually benign. This article describes what they look like and some common ways to remove them.
The 7 Best Soaps for Washing Your Face if You...
Find out what type of soap you should use on your face if you have acne.
Is it Herpes? Genital Herpes Symptoms in Women
Even though the herpes simplex virus can infect men and women, the pattern of infection is different in women. Learn more about the symptoms women can get with genital herpes.
Epidermis Anatomy
Illustrations showing the maturation of cells from the bottom layer of the epidermis to the top layer.
Skin Infection Pictures - Scabies
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 6.
Chicken Pox - Electronmicrograph of Varicella...
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 12.
Warts Around Fingernails
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts. Page 2.
Warts Pictures
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts.
What Is Dermatitis?
Dermatitis is often thought of as synonymous with eczema, but this is not exactly true. Dermatitis is actually a term used to describe a specific type of rash with many causes. Find out more about the types of dermatitis rashes.
How Does Chicken Pox Spread?
Chicken pox is a common, usually self-limited, infection caused by the varicella virus. Learn more about the varicella virus, what the chicken pox rash looks like, and how chicken pox is diagnosed.
What to Do About a Yeast Infection on Your Skin
Intertrigo is a yeast infection that occurs in skin folds. Find out more about what this yeast infection looks like and how it is treated.
The Top 6 Face Soaps for Oily Skin
Find out what type of soap you should use on your face if you have oily skin.
Herpes Pictures - Electron Micrograph of Herpes...
The herpes virus causes a typical rash in the genital area and also causes fever blisters (cold sores). This gallery shows pictures of typical herpes rashes.
Chicken Pox - Photomicrograph of Infected Cells
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 13.
How is Shingles Treated?
Shingles is a painful rash caused by re-activation of the chicken pox virus. Treatments include antivirals and corticosteroids.
Chicken Pox - Infected Lesion on Face
Chicken pox is a common infection caused by the varicella virus. This gallery shows pictures of chicken pox lesions in various stages and on different types of skin. Page 15.
Measles Pictures
Measles, or rubeola, is a very contagious viral infection that starts out with symptoms similar to influenza. The measles rash can look like other viral rashes, but someone with measles gets Koplik spots which differentiates this rash from any other. Take a look at pictures of measles rashes and Koplik spots.
What is Tinea Versicolor?
Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection caused by a yeast that normally inhabits the skin. Find out more about why this yeast causes a rash in some people and what this rash looks like.
An Overview of Psoriasis and When You Should...
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that is characterized by periodic flare-ups of a well defined rash. Find out more about what causes psoriasis, what it looks like, and how it's treated.
Pruritic Urticarial Papules and Plaques of...
Pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP), also known as polymorphic eruption of pregnancy, is the most common rash in pregnant women. Find out more about this condition that affects many pregnant women.
What Are the Potential Causes of Psoriasis?
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disorder that affects 1% to 3% of the world's population. Find out what causes it.
How to Treat Tinea Versicolor
Tinea versicolor is a fungal infection caused by a yeast that normally inhabits the skin. Find out more about the most effective treatment options.
How to Prevent and Treat Poison Ivy
The rash caused by poison ivy and it's relatives causes itchy red blisters. What is Rhus dermatitis and how can it be prevented and treated?
Scabies Rash on Hand
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 4.
What Is Jock Itch?
Jock itch is a common fungal infection that affects more men than women. Find out more about jock itch and what can be done to treat it.
Scabies Rash Between Fingers
Scabies is an itchy skin rash caused by a mite under the skin. Page 3.
Hives Circles
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 8.
Hives Appearance
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 7.
Can a Skin Peel Help Reduce Wrinkles?
Alpha hydroxy acids, the most common of which are glycolic acid and lactic acid, have been used for centuries for skin rejuvenation. Studies are showing that appropriate formulations of alpha hydroxy acids may reverse some of the effects of sun on the skin. Find out more about alpha hydroxy acids. Page 2.
An Overview of Basal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. Find out more about what basal cell carcinoma looks like and who is at risk for getting this skin cancer.
The Best Soaps For Eczema
It is important for people with eczema to use a mild soap that will also moisturize the skin. This article lists the best soaps for people with eczema.
How You Get Shingles
Shingles is a painful rash that has some distinct characteristics. This photo gallery shows various shingles rashes on different people.
6 Products to Keep Your Skin Moisturized
Ceramide moisturizers are a new group of moisturizers that actually replace the skin's natural oils. Read more about which moisturizers are classified in this category.
Hives Are "Spongy"
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 5.
Skin Infection Pictures - Rocky Mountain...
This is a picture of the rash of Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, a disease cause by a tick that can be fatal if not treated. Page 3.
Skin Infection Pictures - Cold Sore
This is a picture of a cold sore, a viral infection caused by the herpes simplex virus. Page 5.
Everything You Need to Know About Fungal Nail...
A fungal infection of the nails causes thickened, discolored nails that can be painful. Find out what fungal nail infections look like and how they are diagnosed.
Skin Infection Pictures - Smallpox
This is a picture of smallpox, a disease that was eradicated, but now is a possible bioterror threat. Page 4.
Acute Hives
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 4.
Everything You Need to Know About Atopic...
Atopic dermatitis is the most common form of eczema. This is the starting point to learn more about atopic dermatitis.
Skin Problems? How to Tell if You Need a...
Do you need a dermatologist or should you see your regular provider? This article helps clarify the types of providers who take care of skin diseases.
What's the Cause of Cold Sores?
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters or herpes labialis, are recurrent infections caused by the herpes simplex virus. Find out more about who gets fever blisters and what can be done about them.
Skin Infection Pictures - Fungal Nail Infection
This is a picture of a fungal nail infection, or onychomycosis. Page 2.
How to Treat Cold Sores
Cold sores, also known as fever blisters or herpes labialis, are recurrent infections caused by the herpes simplex virus. Find out more about who gets cold sores and what can be done about them.
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Treatments...
Chicken pox is a common, usually self-limited, infection caused by the varicella virus. Learn more about the presricption and over-the-counter treatments that are available.
Hives Caused by Infection
Hives, also know as urticaria, are a common cause of itchy rashes. Find out what hives looks like in these hives pictures. Page 2.
How the Herpes Virus Works
The herpes simplex virus is a DNA virus that causes genital herpes and oral herpes. Find out more about how the herpes simplex virus causes infection and why people have recurrences.
Skin Infection Pictures - Chicken Pox
This is a picture of chicken pox, a common viral skin infection.
Pink Raised Mole
Everyone gets moles, and almost everyone worries that their mole may be or turn into skin cancer. Take a look at these pictures of normal moles and you will see the wide variation in what normal moles look like. Page 8.
Ways to Reduce Redness and Flaking of the Skin
Seborrheic dermatitis, also known as seborrhea or dandruff, causes flaking on the face and scalp. Find out more about seborrhea and seborrhea treatments.
Typical Wart on Finger
Warts are very common, especially in children and young adults. They are actually benign tumors that are located only in the top layer of the skin, the epidermis. Warts can occur anywhere on the body and look different depending on their location. Take a look at various types of warts.
What You Need to Know About an Id Reaction Rash
The definition of id reaction. Dermatology.
Anagen Phase
The definition of the anagen phase of hair growth.
Understanding the Second Most Common Type of...
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer. Find out more about what squamous cell carcinoma looks like and what can be done about this skin cancer.
The Top 7 Shampoos for Seborrheic Dermatitis
Several shampoos are used to treat seborrheic dermatitis. Some of the more popular shampoos are included here.
Psoriasis Pictures
See pictures of various types of psoriasis.
Do You Have Athlete's Foot?
Athlete’s foot, or tinea pedis, is a very common fungal infection experienced by up to 70% of the population at some time in their life. Learn more about the types of athlete's foot and how they are treated.
Red Raised Mole
Everyone gets moles, and almost everyone worries that their mole may be or turn into skin cancer. Take a look at these pictures of normal moles and you will see the wide variation in what normal moles look like. Page 7.
What Is Molluscum Contagiosum?
Molluscum contagiosum is a viral skin infection that can be confused with warts. Find out more about this self-limited rash that generally affects children.
Straight Talk About Skin Care Basics
Confused about all the skin care advice you read about or see on TV? The best way to take care of your skin is to cover the basics. Get the straight talk about skin care basics here.
How to Prevent and Treat Infection Around Your...
Paronychia is an infection of the skin around the nails that is common in people who bite their nails or children who suck their fingers. Find out more about paronychia.
How Retin-A Helps Treat Acne
Tretinoin, or Retin-A, is a very effective medication used to treat blackheads, whiteheads, and wrinkles. This article gives guidelines that may help reduce side effects and increase compliance with this medication.

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