What is a cheek rash?

A cheek rash is an inflammatory reaction of the skin of the cheeks characterized by redness, bumps or swelling on the cheeks. Cheek rashes can be caused by a wide variety of mild to serious diseases, disorders and conditions. Cheek rashes can affect one or both cheeks at a time. They can cover a small to large area of the cheek, and they can occur in all age groups and populations.

Cheek rashes can vary greatly in appearance and severity depending on the underlying cause. Cheek rashes may or may not be itchy and can be red, white, purple or silver in color. The texture of a cheek rash can be flat, raised, bumpy, or scaly and include flaking or peeling skin cells. Cheek rashes can appear as dots or spots or be solid and continuous.

Common causes of cheek rashes include rosacea, acne, eczema, dermatitis, mild allergic reactions, and other inflammatory disorders. Many causes of cheek rashes do not result in any permanent harm and can be treated successfully by following the treatment plan outlined by your healthcare provider.

In some cases, a cheek rash can also be due to a serious disease or condition, such as bacterial meningitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, or a serious, potentially life-threatening allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have symptoms of bacterial meningitis, such as a cheek or facial rash of purple spots (petechiae) with a fever and stiff neck; symptoms of anaphylaxis, such as a cheek rash combined with severe shortness of breath, wheezing, hives, throat tightness, or swelling of the face, lips or tongue; or symptoms of complications of lupus, such as severe trouble breathing, sudden swelling of the legs, severely decreased or no urine output, chest pain, or a sudden change in alertness or consciousness.


What other symptoms might occur with a cheek rash?

A cheek rash can occur by itself or with other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Other symptoms can affect the digestive tract, respiratory system, nervous system, reproductive system, cardiovascular system, or immune system. For example, you may have a fever and other fl... Read more about cheek rashsymptoms


What causes a cheek rash?

Cheek rashes can be caused by a variety of diseases, disorders and conditions, including infection, inflammation, allergic reactions, and autoimmune processes. A sudden or acute rash on the cheek may be due to an allergic reaction or sensitivity to a particular substance, such as a facial moisturizer, food, or medication.

A chronic or long-term facial rash may be caused by acne or... Read more about cheek rashcauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Aug 9, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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