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My wife has got a red rash on her face. What is that?

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Published At September 22, 2016
Reviewed AtJuly 5, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

Three days ago, my wife got a red rash on the right cheek. It was small and weak at first, but grew in size as a large patch and spread underneath the nose and mouth in two days. It causes a strong stinging and burning sensation. Please help.


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Were there any blisters or pain before the occurrence of rash? Please send a few photographs of all affected areas.

Patient's Query

Thank you doctor,

There were no blisters, but the areas that are red feel very lightly swollen. There was no pain prior to the appearance of the rash. She had a very similar rash on her hands multiple times over the course of the last few years and there were blisters. But, it is unclear if those two symptoms are related. The white residue seen on the pictures is pain-inhibiting salve that was applied in an attempt to self-medicate.


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

First of all I would like to say that she is suffering from erythroderma (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that is wide spreading reddening of the skin. There are many causes for it, which includes the following:

  1. Mycosis fungoides - cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (common skin cancer).
  2. Seborrheic dermatitis.
  3. Pityriasis rubra pilaris.
  4. Airborne contact dermatitis.

It is one of the serious conditions if not treated on time as it can affect systemic organs like kidneys and heart along with loss of protein. Complete blood work is needed to reach on the diagnosis upon which the treatment depends. So, I would advise you to visit your nearest dermatologist.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Atishay Bukharia
Dr. Atishay Bukharia


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