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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.
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