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Back Redness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your back redness symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

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4 Possible Back Redness Causes

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

Allergic contact dermatitis of the back

Allergic contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes irritated and inflamed following physical contact with an allergen. Common products known to cause allergic dermatitis include plants, metals, soap, fragrance, and cosmetics.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: back redness, back itch, scabbed area of the back

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

Urgency: Self-treatment

Non-specific back rash

A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: back redness

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

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

Urgency: Wait and watch

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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...

Cellulitis

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

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Back Redness

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

  • Do you have a rash?
  • Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Did your symptoms start after you were exposed to nickel (commonly found in jean snaps, metal pens, paper clips, cigarettes, etc.)?

The above questions are also covered by our A.I. Health Assistant.

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Back Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced back redness have also experienced:

  • 5% Abdominal Redness
  • 5% Fatigue
  • 3% Chest Redness

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

  • 80% Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
  • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Back

People who have experienced back redness had symptoms persist for:

  • 36% Less than a week
  • 24% Over a month
  • 22% Less than a day

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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Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.