Everything you ever wanted to know about that red rash on your face


There are many different reasons you might get a red rash on your face, so it’s important to look at any other symptoms you may be experiencing at the same time.  It’s also important to look at which problems you may be at a higher risk to get. 


Let’s start with the basics of the rash itself.  A rash is any change in the skin, including color, texture, and appearance.  A rash can be caused by a lot of different things, including a food or contact allergy, various types of infections, skin diseases, or even menstruation.


Before you try any possible treatment methods, you should take a close look at the rash and try to figure out what it is.  One of the most common causes of a red rash on your face is rosacea, which is a skin disease that affects only the face.  Rosacea is a chronic skin condition that affects adults.  It causes the skin on your face to become inflamed, creating a red rash on your face.  The rash starts out just as redness all across the face, and then it becomes red, pus-filled bumps.  Rosacea is a progressive problem, which is one reason you should be treated for it as soon as possible.  In many patients, the red rash on your face associated with rosacea will come and go in regular cycles of clear skin and inflamed skin.  You should see a dermatologist if you believe rosacea is the problem causing the red rash on your face.  The dermatologist will prescribe topical medications or oral antibiotics or anti-inflammatory medications.

If the red rash on your face looks mostly like someone slapped you, and there are no bumps or other signs of a rash, then it’s possible you have fifth disease.  Fifth disease is most common among children between the ages of five and 15, and it’s very rare for adults with this infection to show any symptoms.  The most common symptom in children is that slapped-face look.  The rash then begins to spread down the trunk, arms, and legs.  Fifth disease is a viral illness, so your child will need to stay home from school and wait it out.  Other signs of fifth disease include a low-grade fever, headache, and mild cold symptoms like a runny nose.


If the red rash on your face appeared right after you ate or drank something you don’t usually eat or drink, then it’s quite possible you have a food allergy.  Food allergies are basically the body’s exaggerated response to eating a certain food.  Mild cases of food allergies may just cause a rash or hives around the face and mouth.  More severe cases of food allergies may cause swelling and even anaphylaxis, which can severely inhibit your ability to breathe.


There are many more reasons you may have a red rash on your face, so it’s important to always see a doctor if you do experience a rash.