We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Macular Rash?

Mary McMahon
Updated Mar 03, 2024
Our promise to you
The Health Board is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At The Health Board, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

A macular rash is a skin rash which presents in the form of a number of small, flat red spots. It can appear anywhere on the body, and it may be caused by a variety of things, from allergic reactions to certain medications. Many macular rashes clear up on their own within two weeks, but the rash can sometimes be a sign of an underlying medical problem, so it is a good idea to see a dermatologist or a doctor for treatment when this type of rash appears. A doctor can determine the cause and make treatment recommendations.

In some cases, a macular rash combines flat reddened spots with raised reddened areas, in which case it is known as a macularpapular rash. The rash may feel itchy or hot, or the patient may not experience any sensations at the site, depending on the cause of the skin eruption. When a doctor provides treatment, he or she will usually want to know when the rash appeared, and if it has changed in size or shape. Doctors may also collect general information about the patient's lifestyle and habits to narrow down causes.

Autoimmune responses can cause this type of rash, as can diseases like syphilis, rheumatic fever, or measles. Certain drugs are known for causing this type of rash as a side effect, and macular rashes can also appear in response to skin irritation such as sunburn or contact with poisonous plants. In some cases, there may be no clear cause for the rash, in which case a doctor may request some medical tests like bloodwork to understand the patient's general physical condition.

Various topical preparations can be used to soothe a rash and to help it resolve more quickly. Anti-inflammatory drugs may also be administered to the patient with the goal of reducing the inflammation associated with the rash. The patient may also be advised to wear loose, comfortable clothing to avoid irritating the rash, and additional steps such as baths with baking soda or other additives may be recommended.

If a macular rash appears, it is not usually a medical emergency, but people should get treatment as soon as possible. If the rash appears in conjunction with life-threatening allergic reactions, high fever, or other severe symptoms, it is advisable to take the patient to the emergency room for immediate treatment. When taking a patient for emergency treatment, it helps to bring along the medications the patient is currently taking, and to have as much information as possible about the patient's activities in the last 24-48 hours. If the patient has existing medical conditions such as allergies, these should also be disclosed.

The Health Board is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Mary McMahon
By Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a The Health Board researcher and writer. Mary has a liberal arts degree from Goddard College and spends her free time reading, cooking, and exploring the great outdoors.

Discussion Comments

By naturesgurl3 — On Jul 23, 2010

@gregg1956 -- Macular rashes are flat skin rashes, papular rashes are a type of raised skin rash.

Not all raised skin rashes are papular though, they can also be papulosquamous, which is a mix of papules and scaly patches, vesicular, which consists of fluid filled blisters, or macular and papular, a combination of the two.

By gregg1956 — On Jul 23, 2010

What is the difference between a macular rash and a papular rash?

By pleats — On Jul 23, 2010

One possible cause of a macular rash is meningitis.

This can be one of the first signs of meningitis in children as well, so it's important to see a doctor immediately if the rash won't blanch (turn white when you press it with something, like a clear drinking glass), particularly if there is drowsiness and stiffness in the neck as well.

Not nearly all macular rashes are caused by meningitis, so seeing a macular rash should not be a cause of panic, but it's just something to be aware of.

By cmsmith10 — On Jul 11, 2010

Macular rashes usually present with flat, red spots on the skin. Any part of the body can be affected. It will usually go away on its own. There are usually underlying issues, however, that need to be addressed. Anytime you have a skin rash, you should let your doctor look at it and determine the cause of it.

Mary McMahon

Mary McMahon

Ever since she began contributing to the site several years ago, Mary has embraced the exciting challenge of being a...

Learn more
The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

The Health Board, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.