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Abdominal Redness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand abdominal redness symptoms, including 9 causes & common questions.

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  1. 9 Possible Abdominal Redness Causes
  2. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  3. Statistics

9 Possible Abdominal Redness Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced abdominal redness. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Allergic contact dermatitis of the abdomen

Allergic contact dermatitis of the abdomen means the skin has touched something that provoked an allergic reaction, causing inflammation and irritation.

"Contact" means the allergic reaction came from touching something, not from consuming something. The first exposure to the substance sensitizes the immune system, and then the second exposure actually causes the symptoms.

The most common causes of allergic contact dermatitis of the abdomen are:

  • Nickel, a metal often used in belt buckles, the buttons on pants, and jewelry, including piercing jewelry.
  • Poison ivy.
  • Various types of perfumes, including those founds in soaps, fabric softeners, and detergents.
  • Of course, there are many more.

Symptoms include red, itching, scaling, flaking skin that may be painful due to the irritation and inflammation.

Diagnosis is made through first avoiding contact with any suspected substance, to see if the dermatitis clears. Patch testing can be done if the results are not certain.

Treatment involves fully avoiding the allergy-provoking substance and using topical steroid cream as prescribed. Cool compresses and calamine lotion can help to ease the discomfort.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: abdominal redness, abdomen itch, scabbed area of the abdomen

Symptoms that always occur with allergic contact dermatitis of the abdomen: abdominal redness

Urgency: Self-treatment


Cellulitis is a bacterial infection of the deep layers of the skin. It can appear anywhere on the body but is most common on the feet, lower legs, and face.

The condition can develop if Staphylococcus bacteria enter broken skin through a cut, scrape, or existing skin infection such as impetigo or eczema.

Most susceptible are those with a weakened immune system, as from corticosteroids or chemotherapy, or with impaired circulation from diabetes or any vascular disease.

Symptoms arise somewhat gradually and include sore, reddened skin.

If not treated, the infection can become severe, form pus, and destroy the tissue around it. In rare cases, the infection can cause blood poisoning or meningitis.

Symptom of severe pain, fever, cold sweats, and fast heartbeat should be seen immediately by a medical provider.

Diagnosis is made through physical examination.

Treatment consists of antibiotics, keeping the wound clean, and sometimes surgery to remove any dead tissue. Cellulitis often recurs, so it is important to treat any underlying conditions and improve the immune system with rest and good nutrition.

Rarity: Uncommon

Top Symptoms: fever, chills, facial redness, swollen face, face pain

Symptoms that always occur with cellulitis: facial redness, area of skin redness

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Shingles (herpes zoster)

Shingles is a painful rash that results when the varicella zoster virus (VZV), the same virus that causes the chickenpox, becomes reactivated. It results in a painful rash of small fluid-filled blisters (vesicles) over a single strip of skin on one side of the body.

The onset of the rash is often preceded by changes in skin sensation and flu-like symptoms. Blisters form over three to five days before beginning to dry up and scab and then heal over the following two to four weeks.

The diagnosis is largely by clinical examination, although blood tests can aid in diagnosis in unclear situations. People who are older or have compromised immune systems are most frequently affected and at a greater risk of complications.

Treatment involves antiviral medications and supportive treatments. Fortunately, shingles can be effectively prevented with a vaccine, which is recommended for all adults over age 50.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: symptoms of infection, dizziness, fatigue, rash, diarrhea

Symptoms that always occur with shingles (herpes zoster): grouped rash, rash

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Eczema (atopic dermatitis)

Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is a non-contagious chronic skin condition that produces an itchy rash. It is caused by a genetic condition that affects the skin's ability to protect itself from bacteria and allergens. The most susceptible are those with a family history of atopic dermatitis, asthma, or hay fever.

Infants will have a dry, scaly, itchy rash on the scalp, forehead, and cheeks. Older children will have the rash in the creases of elbows, knees, and buttocks.

Without treatment, a child may have trouble sleeping due to the intense itching. Constant scratching may cause skin infections.

Eczema cannot be cured, but it can be controlled through prescribed medications, skin care, stress management, and treatment of food allergies. People with eczema often have allergies to milk, nuts, and shellfish. Keeping the skin clean and moisturized helps prevent flares.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: trouble sleeping, feeling itchy or tingling all over, dry skin, scalp itchiness, flexor surface rash

Symptoms that never occur with eczema (atopic dermatitis): fever

Urgency: Phone call or in-person visit

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Non-specific abdominal rash

A rash, or exanthema, is the appearance of reddened or purple spots or blotches in the skin. "Nonspecific" means that the exact cause is unknown.

If the first symptom is a sudden high fever, followed by a rash that seems more prevalent on the abdomen, chest, and back, the illness is most likely roseola. This is a mild, common childhood illness.

If there is no fever or other symptom of illness, the abdominal rash is most likely due to a contact allergy. This means it was caused by certain plants or fabrics touching the skin. A chemical burn, sunburn, superficial infection, chafing, or ringworm will also cause a rash-like irritation to appear.

Shingles is a rash which appears mainly on the chest and abdomen, but it occurs in people who have had chickenpox in the past. Shingles is caused by a reactivation of the chickenpox virus.

A medical provider can help with accurately diagnosing the rash and will make a referral to a dermatologist or other specialist if needed.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: abdominal redness

Symptoms that always occur with non-specific abdominal rash: abdominal redness

Symptoms that never occur with non-specific abdominal rash: fever

Urgency: Wait and watch

Hookworm infection

Hookworm infection (sometimes referred to as creeping eruption) is a parasitic infection of the skin. It is most often acquired in tropical climates.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: itchy and red foot, painful rash, itchy rash, rash

Symptoms that always occur with hookworm infection: itchy and red foot, redness with curvy lines

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Allergic reaction (not life-threatening)

When the body encounters a harmful substance, it responds with inflammation and swelling that can be protective. In many individuals, the body responds this way to substances that are not normally harmful, like foods or pollen. This is the basis of allergy, or Type 1 Hypersensitivity.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: swollen face, swollen lips, lip numbness, hives, red swollen bumps or patches with a pale center, lip redness

Symptoms that never occur with allergic reaction (not life-threatening): shortness of breath, throat itching

Urgency: Primary care doctor


Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening condition most commonly caused by an allergic reaction. In anaphylaxis, two types of immune cells — mast cells and basophils — are suddenly activated and release numerous inflammatory substances that cause blood vessels to dilate and become leaky, which can lead to low blood pressure, swelling, and damage to organs.

Symptoms of anaphylaxis include itching, redness, and warmth in the form of hives, as well as itching or( as well as difficulty breathing and nasal congestion. Several other symptoms are also likely.

Anaphylaxis is a medical emergency. Treatment options will likely involve an epinephrine injection (same contents as in an EpiPen), followed by oxygen and IV fluids, other medications, and an action plan for possible future incidents.

Rarity: Rare

Top Symptoms: nausea or vomiting, headache, stomach bloating, abdominal cramps (stomach cramps), being severely ill

Urgency: Emergency medical service

Rubeola (measles)

Rubeola, more commonly known as measles, is a virus that causes a set of symptoms including fever, rash, and cough. Rubeola primary affects children and is the fifth most common cause of death in children younger than five years of age worldwide. Rubeola is very contagious and is transmitted through person-to-person contact and the air.

Symptoms usually develop sequentially leading up to the rash, and may also include diarrhea, shortness of breath, and neurological symptoms such as a headache, confusion, seizures, and coma even after the virus has seemed to resolve.

It is imperative that children receive both doses of the recommended vaccine in order to be fully protected from developing rubeola. Adults should receive at least one dose of the vaccine if they are unsure of their vaccination status. There is no way to cure rubeola once you have been infected; however, some supportive treatments are available for both children and adults.

Rarity: Ultra rare

Top Symptoms: fever, loss of appetite, diarrhea, being severely ill, congestion

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Abdominal Redness

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to nickel (commonly found in jean snaps, metal pens, paper clips, cigarettes, etc.)?
  • Did you possibly brush into poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac?

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Abdominal Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced abdominal redness have also experienced:

  • 4% Fever
  • 4% Fatigue
  • 3% Abdominal Pain (Stomach Ache)

People who have experienced abdominal redness were most often matched with:

  • 44% Cellulitis
  • 44% Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • 11% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Abdomen

People who have experienced abdominal redness had symptoms persist for:

  • 37% Less than a week
  • 27% Less than a day
  • 14% Over a month

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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