Almost all of us have experienced a rash from time to time. Skin rashes are an indication that your body has detected a problem. While no one likes having an itchy skin rash, they are usually temporary and harmless. Some rashes, however, can be the indicator of a more serious medical condition.
What Are Rashes?
“Rash” is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch, small bumps, or blisters on the skin. The majority of rashes are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines, and moisturizing lotions.
Do I Need to Seek Treatment for My Rash?
Minor skin irritation or discoloration that responds to antihistamines or topical anti-itch ointments usually does not require any further medical intervention, although you may wish to seek out the triggers for your rash if you are getting rashes frequently.
If you are getting persistent rashes that never go away or take a long time to go away, or you have a rash on the face that is not going away fast enough, you may wish to come in for an examination and skin consultation. These forms of irritation can be a symptom of other skin problems. The most prevalent of these are:
- Atopic Dermatitis, the most common form of eczema.
- Bacterial Infections, such as impetigo.
- Contact Dermatitis, a type of eczema caused by coming into contact with an allergen.
- Chronic skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis, or seborrheic dermatitis.
- Fungal Infections, such as ringworm and yeast infection.
- Viral Infections, such as shingles.
A rash may be a sign of a more serious illness, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, liver disease, kidney disease, or some types of cancers. If you experience a rash that does not go away on its own after a few weeks, make an appointment to see Dr. Brezel in order to have it properly diagnosed and treated.
What Is the Treatment for a Rash?
Treating a rash itself usually involves calming the symptoms with some kind of anti-inflammatory medication and then diagnosing and treating the underlying condition causing those symptoms. After your complete skin consultation, Dr. Brezel will be able to present you with your best treatment options.
Effective Treatment for Rashes in Queens, NY With Glendale Dermatology
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