What could be the cause of a rash after hiking and coming into contact with mud?
I got some mud and soil on my leg 3 days ago while hiking. Subsequently there was a red, non-itchy patch around my skin where the mud had contacted. The rash seems to be subsiding, yet it doesn't look like it is going away soon. What could be the cause of this rash and what should I do about it?
It is difficult to be sure what the rash is without seeing it or having a proper assessment.
A possibility could be a patch of eczema or dermatitis resulting from irritation from contact with the mud. This is not scaly but may be itchy. It can sometimes settle with brownish stains or post inflammatory hyperpigmentation which takes weeks or months to clear. Moisturizers and some topical steroids may help to settle this.
Skin infections from bacteria from the mud breaching the skin barrier can also lead to red patches. This is usually red and painful. This is best treated with oral antibiotics.
I would suggest that you see your doctor or dermatologist for a proper assessment to determine the exact nature of your rash if this still persistent.