Common Adult Skin Conditions

Skin Rashes described and treatments at Chicago's Nima Skin Institute

Bumps, breakouts, blotches, and more — at some point, you probably have had some skin condition that’s bothered you enough that you sought (or should have gotten) medical advice. That’s because skin is the largest organ and is susceptible to infection and diseases. Here are some common skin conditions we treat in our adult patients:

Contact Dermatitis

Experiencing redness, itching, and dryness after encountering an irritant? It’s probably contact dermatitis. Common allergens that cause this include chemicals, poison ivy, hair dyes, nickel, leather, latex, and fragrances. Treatment varies depending on the severity. 

Athlete’s Foot

Caused by a fungal infection, athlete’s foot is very common and extremely contagious. It is uncomfortable with its itching, stinging, and burning symptoms. The skin may also start to become scaly and flake off, especially between the toes. 


Common causes of hives include extreme temperatures, infections like strep throat, and allergies to medications, foods, and food additives. Adults often get hives and don’t necessarily know why, though stress can be the culprit. 

Cold Sores | Fever Blisters

The herpes simplex virus causes small, painful, fluid-filled blisters on your mouth or nose. Cold sores last about 10 days and easily spread from person to person. Triggers include fever, too much sun, stress, and hormonal changes. 

Razor Bumps

Razor bumps pop up after you shave, when the sharp edge of a closely cut hair curls back and grows into your skin. This can cause irritation, pimples, and even scars. Yes. Women, as well as men get razor bumps!


A rash of raised dots that turns into painful blisters, shingles causes your skin to burn, itch, tingle, or become very sensitive. The Shingles rash often shows up on your trunk and buttocks but can appear anywhere. If you’ve had chicken pox, the virus is already dormant in you. I recommend patients get vaccinated to prevent shingles and the complications from the disease.

And more 

Here are common conditions we’ve discussed before in greater detail:

You can click on each of these to read other blogs I’ve posted that deal with each of these skin disorders.

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