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Anonymous asked in HealthDiseases & ConditionsSkin Conditions · 1 decade ago

List of contagious rashes?

I've been looking for a 'List' of *contagious rashes* and cant seem to find one...can someone help?

The only ones that I know of are, poison ivy, and scabies. Although I'm sure that there must be several more.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Poison ivy isn't considered contagious because you don't catch it from another person. Do you mean contagious in terms that you catch the actual disease from the rash, or a disease that causes a rash? For instance, a good number of viral infections are contagious, and can cause rashes. You can touch the rash itself all you want on you won't catch a thing- but of course if they sneeze on you, you could. Scabies doesn't cause a rash, per se- scabies leave tracks under the skin. Chicken pox is one example of a disease spread by the rash, and you can also catch chicken pox from somebody with an outbreak of shingles. Other contagious rash-causing diseases are : fifth disease, roseola, scarlet fever, and impetigo. Less common ones might include small pox and syphillis, bubonic plague and meningococcal meningitis. In the case of the menigitis, the disease spreads via droplets when the person sneezes, not the rash itself. There's also Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, again, the rash isn't contagious though- but the disease is of course spread through insect bites. The list of viral rashes is just too long to really get into. So I've given you the most common. Keep in mind most rashes are caused by skin irritation, and not disease. Even when there is a rash caused by a disease, the rash itself usually isn't contagious.

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