Attention A T users. To access the menus on this page please perform the following steps. 1. Please switch auto forms mode to off. 2. Hit enter to expand a main menu option (Health, Benefits, etc). 3. To enter and activate the submenu links, hit the down arrow. You will now be able to tab or arrow up or down through the submenu options to access/activate the submenu links.

Quick Links

Veterans Crisis Line Badge
My healthevet badge
EBenefits Badge


for Veterans and the Public


Some medications can cause rashes or other skin problems. Most rashes come and go, but sometimes they signal that you are having a bad reaction to the medication, or that you have an infection or another medical issue.

It's important that you check your skin for changes, especially after you start a new medication. Be sure to report any changes to your VA health care provider.

Quick Tips: Rash

  • Avoid very hot showers or baths. Water that is too hot can irritate the skin.
  • Avoid being in the sun. Sun exposure can make your rash worse.
  • Try using unscented, non-soapy cleansers for bathing or showering.
  • Try rubbing or pressing on the itchy areas rather than scratching.
  • A rash that blisters, or involves your mouth, the palms of your hands, or the soles of your feet, or one that is accompanied by shortness of breath, can be dangerous: contact your care provider right away, or go to an emergency room for evaluation.