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A.I. Health Assistant Causes for Back Redness

The list below shows results from the use of our A.I. Health Assistant by Buoy users who experienced back redness. This list does not constitute medical advice.

  1. 1.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.

    1-2 days

    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
  2. 2.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.

    1-2 days

    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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  3. 3.Shingles (Herpes Zoster)

    Shingles (herpes zoster) is a disease caused by the varicella-zoster virus - the same virus that causes chickenpox. Early signs of shingles include burning or shooting pain and tingling or itching, usually on one side of the body or face. Rashes or blisters appear anywhere from one to 14 days later. If shingles appears on the face, it may affect vision or hearing.

    An episode usually lasts 2-4 weeks.

    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
  4. 4.Cellulitis

    Facial cellulitis is a skin infection that typically comes from other parts of the face like the mouth or the sinuses and needs antibiotic treatment. Symptoms can be pain, redness, warmth and swelling of the affected area.

    Dependent on severity of infection

    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

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

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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 had symptoms persist for:

    • 36% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Over a Month
    • 22% Less Than a Day
  • People who have experienced back redness were most often matched with:

    • 80% Shingles (Herpes Zoster)
    • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis of the Back
  • 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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