Chest Redness Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

The most common causes of a red chest include allergic contact dermatitis, non-specific chest rash, or cellulitis, which can also cause red blotches on the chest. Read on for more information about causes and how to treat chest redness.

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Chest Redness Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

4 Possible Chest Redness Causes

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

Non-specific chest 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: chest redness

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

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

Urgency: Wait and watch

Allergic contact dermatitis of the chest

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: chest redness, chest itch, scabbed area of the chest

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

Urgency: Self-treatment

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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

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 transmi...

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Chest Redness

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

  • Do you have a rash?
  • Any fever today or during the last week?
  • Is the red area flaky and rough to the touch?
  • Do you live in the United States?

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

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Chest Redness Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced chest redness have also experienced:

  • 5% Fatigue
  • 3% Headache
  • 3% Facial Redness

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

  • 80% Cellulitis
  • 20% Allergic Contact Dermatitis Of The Chest

People who have experienced chest redness had symptoms persist for:

  • 42% Over a month
  • 26% Less than a day
  • 18% Less than a week

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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