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Forehead Rash

Forehead Rash

Itchy forehead rash, often occurs as a consequence of exposure to too much sunlight or it could mean skin problems like contact dermatitis. It is discussed below:
HealthHearty Staff
Small red bumps on the forehead? It could well mean a 'rash invasion'. Forehead rash is one of the skin problems, frequently diagnosed in people living in hot and humid climatic condition. A rash is nothing but a formation of tiny bumps (blisters) that do not contain any pus. These fluid filled blisters easily burst and may cause mild to moderate pain. An unusual prickly sensation is commonly associated with the region that is showing development of skin rash.
Causes
Heat Rash
Prolonged exposure to the sun cannot be tolerated by the body. When the facial skin gets exposed to UV rays for considerable amount of time, the body responds in the form of forehead heat rash. During summer months, it is very common for people suffering from heat rash. The body finds it very difficult to deal with excessive heat exposure Although, this is not a serious skin problem, it makes the affected area itchy and irritated. Although heat rash, normally affects the neck area, nowadays, forehead has also become a common site of occurrence of heat blisters.
Contact Dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is a condition that involves development of rash and is accompanied by inflammation of skin. Forehead coming in contact with skin irritants such as metals (nickel), soaps containing harsh chemicals or poison ivy, can lead to contact dermatitis. The red itchy blisters due to contact dermatitis, are a big nuisance as they are a constant source of discomfort. Although hair dyes are used for coloring hair but when the forehead is unknowingly exposed to these hair products, it can cause contact dermatitis.
Medications
Roaming in the hot sun for a long duration, is not the only factor that could bring blisters on forehead. Even after avoiding too much sun exposure, one could face this skin problem. In such cases, skin rash may be the result of intake of certain medications. Rash resulting from 'medicine side effects' is a very common phenomenon. An allergic reaction in the form of forehead rash is bound to occur when the body is unable to tolerate these medicines.
Insect Bite
An insect no matter how small it may be, can cause a rash when it bites. An insect or a sting bite of fleas, red ants or spiders, can cause rash on the forehead. However, a forehead rash will be seen only in people who are allergic to insect bites.
Food Allergy
Sudden appearance of rash on forehead can also be due to an allergic reaction from certain foods. Thus, in case you notice rash occurring immediately after meals, it indicates ingestion of allergic foods. If only rash is visible and no other side effect occurs, it suggest a mild food allergic reaction. On the other hand, if development of rash is accompanied by facial redness, swelling of the face and breathing problems, it means a severe food allergic reaction and requires urgent medical treatment. Avoiding exposure to allergic foods is the best way to prevent blisters from forming.
Impetigo
This is a bacterial infection of the skin that may manifest in the form of rash on forehead. It usually occurs in children and may appear as fluid blisters or red sores that break open to form a yellow-brown crust. In either case, impetigo symptoms are normally seen on the nose, forehead and around the mouth. Trauma such as an insect bite that damages the superficial skin gives a perfect opportunity for the bacteria to enter the inner layers of the skin and cause an infection.
Acne
Blisters on forehead that do not go away so easily could mean chronic conditions like acne and even rosacea. Acne that is prevalent in adolescents is caused due to overactive sebaceous glands of the skin. A person with acne gets small to large-sized pimples on the facial area, more specifically on the forehead.
Rosacea
This is an inflammatory skin problem in which the facial skin appears unusually red and shows the formation of red, pus-filled blisters. Rosacea symptoms come and go but usually worsen during winter. Rosacea can also aggravate after a sun bath, eating spicy foods or consuming alcohol. Inability to deal with stress and anxiety can also worsen rosacea.
Caution
Rashes trigger an itchy sensation, wherever they occur. So the person might be tempted to scratch. However, scratching must be avoided, as it can worsen this skin problem and lead to secondary bacterial infection. A person with forehead rash is bound to feel irritated but scratching is no solution. It might give temporary relief but will only prolong the recovery time. Application of prescription ointments can certainly help to ease the discomfort associated with forehead rash.
Minimizing exposure to sun and performing daily routine in well ventilated rooms is one of the best treatments for heat rash. In case of contact dermatitis, staying away from substances (skin irritants), would certainly help to get rid of this skin problem within two weeks, without any treatment. On the whole, anti-itch creams (hydrocortisone ointments) are commonly prescribed to reduce itching. When the itching doesn't stop with topical medications, oral corticosteroids are recommended.