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What causes red rashes on chest?

I have a red rash on my chest. I was wondering if it could have been caused by red rice yeast. I had been taking one tablet until about two weeks ago, my gp suggested I up the dosage to two, then eventually three. I have not changed laundry detergent; in fact, I use the dye-free detergent. Could it be caused by a virus? Or is it dermatitis? I did have a rash on my hand this past spring which I thought was caused by contact with my horses hay. I was careful to use gloves and it went away. It seems to me I remember reading that yeast causes rashes. Thank you.
Mon, 3 Sep 2018
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Hi,

It could be a seborrheic dermatitis. The rash in seborrheic dermatitis is dry, red, scaly and itchy. It most commonly involves the scalp. However, other sites that may be affected include chest, face, etc. Seborrheic dermatitis is a steroid responsive Dermatosis.

I suggest you to use a moderately potent topical steroid cream e.g. either Mometasone Furoate cream or Triamcinolone Acetonide cream, twice daily for a week.

Hope I have answered your query.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
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What causes red rashes on chest?

Hi, It could be a seborrheic dermatitis. The rash in seborrheic dermatitis is dry, red, scaly and itchy. It most commonly involves the scalp. However, other sites that may be affected include chest, face, etc. Seborrheic dermatitis is a steroid responsive Dermatosis. I suggest you to use a moderately potent topical steroid cream e.g. either Mometasone Furoate cream or Triamcinolone Acetonide cream, twice daily for a week. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.