4 Diseases with Contagious Skin Rashes

A skin rash is a swollen or irritated skin caused by infections, allergies and medications. Here we have rounded up such skin conditions.

4 Diseases with Contagious Skin Rashes


Skin rashes are swollen or irritated skin caused by infections, immune system disorders, allergies and medication. They can occur anywhere on the body. They flare up periodically and then lesson for a time. They affect people of all age groups. Below are the skin conditions that cause rashes.

Athlete's Foot:

Athlete’s foot is a fungal infection that affects the skin on the feet and can spread to the toenails and sometimes the hands. You can catch it from locker rooms, gyms equipment and public showers. The common signs of athlete’s foot are burning, peeling, and cracking of feet skin and make your toenails look discolored if it spreads to the toes.

The rashes appearing in this skin condition are dry and flaky can be turned into red and peeling if they are aggravating.


Ringworm, also known as Tinea Corporis, is a common fungal infection that is caused by fungus living in warm and moist areas of human body. Besides, the fungus is also found in locker rooms and pools. You can catch it from using infected person’s bedding, clothing and towels. Ringworms are characterized by circular and red crusted patches appearing on the arms, chest and legs.


Jock Itch (Tinea Cruris):

Jock itchoccurs on the upper thigh with red and itchy rashes that can spread to abdomen and buttocks. Skin rashes in this skin condition are flaky, red, peeling and cause intense itching.


Shingles or herpes zester are caused by varicella zoster virus. If you have shingles, you can notice the skin rashes elsewhere on the body, especially on your torso. These rashes often mimic pimples and may be filled with puss. This skin condition can cause pain, itching, tingling sensation and inflammation.

So these are the common skin conditions that come with contagious skin rashes. Here are the ways to treat your skin rashes along with the precautions:

  • Use mild and gentle cleansers
  •  Use warm water instead of hot water for washing your skin
  • Pat the rash dry, rather than rubbing it
  • Avoid covering it with a cloth (if possible) to let it breathe
  • Avoid scratching the rashes
  • Apply antifungal medication
  • Take an oatmeal bath to soothe your rashes

In case of having severe or prolonged rashes,see your physician.


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