What Causes Recurring Rash?
Recurring rash can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'minor' to 'critical'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose recurring rash, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "recurring rash" as a symptom. Here are eight of many possibilities (more below
- Electrical Hypersensitivity
- Vitamin C Need
- Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences
- Epstein-Barr Virus
- Infectious Mononucleosis
- West Nile Virus
- Lupus (SLE)
- CLL Leukemia
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
short-term memory failure
major inflamed cuticles
severe emotional instability
fatigue for over 3 months
short-term low-carb dieting
having a slight fever
mild abdominal discomfort
painful cervical nodes
... and more than 80 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of recurring rash:
|West Nile Virus
|Low Carbohydrate Diet Consequences
|Vitamin C Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Skin Conditions
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about frequency of rashes:
Do you tend to get rashes?
→ It is not a problem for me / don't know
→ Generally not, but I do
have a rash now
→ Occasional (several times a year) moderate rash
→ Frequent moderate rash / occasional severe
→ Frequent (several times a month) severe rash
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate unusual current rash, occasional rashes, regular rashes or frequent rashes, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet
The May 2004 Annals of Internal Medicine study showed that most of the Atkins Dieters had significantly more rashes than the general population.
Skin lesions and rashes – tender reddish bumps or patches on the skin – are common.