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Nonspecific Facial Rash

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Last updated November 20, 2021

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What is a nonspecific facial rash?

Nonspecific facial rash means a rash or skin redness without fever or other symptoms. There are many possible causes for this:

  • Contact dermatitis, which means direct facial contact with a substance that causes an allergic rash.
  • Noncontact (atopic) dermatitis, which means an inhaled substance such as dust or pollen is causing an itchy facial rash.
  • Fifth disease, or erythema infectiosum, is a viral illness that causes cold symptoms followed by a lingering red rash on both cheeks.
  • Sun exposure and/or pregnancy can trigger melasma, which causes brown or grey-brown freckled patches on the face.
  • Alcoholism can cause a persistent, rash-like redness of the face due to dilated blood vessels.

Treatment

Facial rash without fever is rarely serious, but a doctor can make a diagnosis and help with your symptoms.

  • If you know what’s causing the reaction, try to avoid exposure to the irritant.
  • Use a moisturizer
  • Use over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines or corticosteroid ointments
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