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I Can't Stop Itching!

You may have a rash! A rash can also be called dermatitis (pronounced dur-muh-tahy-tis), which is a swelling or irritation of the skin. It can look red, dry, scaly, include lumps, bumps, blisters and pimples plus it’s itchy. Some rashes, combined with a fever can be signs of serious illnesses.

A type of rash called Hives can be serious because they can be a sign of an allergic reaction and you would need immediate medical attention. Hives are reddish or pale swellings that appear on your body when a chemical called histamine (pronounced his-tuh-meen) is released in response to an allergen. The trigger can be a certain food, medicine or bug bite. A virus can also cause hives...

Read about other common types of rashes in today's Spotlight On Health!

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