There are various conditions that can trigger the development of chest rashes. Rashes are described as non-specific indication of a skin condition that typically involves itchiness and reddening. It might appear as a flattened plaque, swollen patch or comprised of several small-sized red spots. In some cases, it can manifest as non-itchy scales.
Among children, bacterial and viral infections such as scarlet fever and measles can trigger chest rashes and other parts of the body. Allergies or reactions due to food intolerance or sensitivity can also trigger chest rashes. The doctor can properly diagnose and manage the exact cause of the rash.
Acne vulgaris is a form of acne that develops on the upper chest and other parts that have large number of oil glands. It is usually triggered by inflammation and plugging of the hair follicles that lead to excess bacterial growth within the skin pores.
Take note that this form of skin rash can lead to various small-sized itchy papules, pustules, comedones or sore nodules that can leave behind eroded or pigmented scars. It is quite common among women than men due to varying factors including the hormonal fluctuations that occur during pregnancy and menstrual cycles.
Contact dermatitis involves inflammation of the skin due to exposure to substances that triggers an allergic reaction such as food allergens, animal dander or fur, pollen, perfumes, cosmetics, dyes, soaps, detergents and sunscreen lotions.
Always bear in mind that these allergens can lead to hypersensitivity reactions that ranges from mild reddened skin, itchy rash or severe form that results to oozing, painful blisters and ulcers. The severity of the chest rashes varies depending on the type of allergen, length of contact and bodily response.
Psoriasis is a lasting inflammatory skin condition triggered by an imbalanced immune response and excess production of skin cells. This condition results to scale-like, thick, silvery skin cells and itchy, dry, reddened and sore plaques over the chest and other parts of the body.
As one of the forms of chest rashes, psoriasis is hereditary in some cases and can be affected by factors such as smoking, stress, infections, obesity and some medications.
Can shingles cause chest rashes?
Shingles are considered as the common cause of the sore blistering chest rashes that typically appears on one side of the chest. The condition is triggered by the same virus responsible for chicken pox in both children and adults.
The virus can become dormant in a nerve root and later on flare up to trigger shingles along the nerve pathway once the functionality of the immune system is reduced due to aging, illness or severe stress. The medications utilized in organ transplant and chemotherapy to suppress the immune system can lead to the development of shingles.
Seborrheic dermatitis can cause chest rashes and also other oily parts of the body. This involves an inflammatory response in areas where there is excess skin cell production that becomes infested with yeast. This results to the development of scale-like lesions and inflamed plaques.
This is considered as an inherited condition in some individuals. The symptoms frequently heighten in severity due to extreme weather situations, fatigue, stress, obesity, viral infections that suppress the immune system and neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease.