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A rash indicates an abnormal change in skin color or texture. Rashes are usually caused by skin inflammation, which can have many causes.
Why Should I have Rashes Treated
A rash is a noticeable change in the texture or color of your skin. Your skin may become scaly, bumpy, itchy, or otherwise irritated.
Most rashes are not dangerous. Many rashes last a while and get better on their own. It is therefore not unreasonable to treat symptoms like itchy and/or dry skin for a few days to see whether the condition gets milder and goes away.
Some rashes persist or becomes more widespread. There are many, many other types of rashes. So, it is especially important, if you have any questions about the cause or medical treatment of a rash, to reach to us immediately.
Here are some symptoms that may arise along with your rash if left untreated
- increasing pain or discoloration in the rash area
- tightness or itchiness in the throat
- difficulty breathing
- swelling of the face or extremities
- fever of 100.4°F or higher
- severe head or neck pain
- repeated vomiting or diarrhea
- joint pain
- a sore throat
- a fever slightly above 100.4°F
- red streaks or tender areas near the rash
What to expect
Your dermatologist will perform a physical exam and inspect your rash. Expect to answer questions about your:
- medical history
- recent use of products or medications
Your doctor may also:
- take your temperature
- order tests, such as an allergy test or complete blood count
- perform a skin biopsy, which involves taking a small sample of skin tissue for analysis
- refer you to a specialist, such as a dermatologist, for further evaluation
Your dermatologist will also prescribe medication or medicated lotion to relieve your rash.
Frequently Asked Questions About Treat Rashes:
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Q: When Do I Need to See a Doctor?
A: Most rashes are not life-threatening, but some can signal something more serious.
Here are some symptoms to consider:
- The rash is all over your body
- You have a fever with the rash
- The rash is sudden and spreads rapidly
- The rash begins to blister.
- The rash is painful
- The rash is infected
If you have a rash and notice any of the following symptoms please contact us right away for immediate treatment.
Q: What Will the Doctor Do That I Can’t?
A: Your doctor will diagnose the rash by asking questions and, if necessary, running blood or skin tests through biopsies and scrapings. Treatment options include topical gels, creams, and ointments, oral medicine and surgery
Q: Is It Ever Okay to Scratch?
A: No. Scratching can often make the rash worse. If you can’t resist the urge, at least trim your nails to avoid damaging the skin and spreading infection. Other good ideas include avoiding hot water and proper moisturizing.
Q: What Rash Do I Have?
A: Rashes are no fun. They’re also hard to identify, which can make you stressed, which can often make the rash worse. There are many types of rashes. If you have a been bothered or have an uneasy feeling with a rash please do not hesitate to contact us right away for an appointment.