Treating Your Rash
Is it time to seek medical attention regarding your rash?
No, not all rashes are the same. This symptom can appear for many reasons and can take many forms, from small itchy welts to widespread blisters. While some rashes may respond to home remedies and cortisone cream it’s also important to know what’s causing your rash and when you should turn to our Valparaiso and LaPorte, IN, dermatologist Dr. William Applegarth.
What Causes Rashes
In order to properly treat a rash it’s typically necessary to understand the root cause. Treating the underlying cause itself can eliminate the rash. Common causes of rashes include,
- Poison ivy or poison oak
- Athlete’s foot
- Diaper rash
In short, rashes may be the result of bacteria, viruses, parasites and fungi. They can also be caused by certain reactions to medications or allergies. Most rashes will go away on their own; however, there are simple measures you can take at home to ease symptoms.
If the rash is itchy you may choose to apply cold compresses to the area and use an over-the-counter cortisone cream, which can alleviate the itch. Oatmeal baths can also provide natural relief. If your rash is due to allergies (hives) taking an antihistamine can also help.
Know When to See a Doctor
Most rashes aren’t anything to worry about; however, sometimes a rash could be a warning sign of a more serious condition. In this case, it’s imperative that you visit our dermatologist here at his Valparaiso, IN, office as soon as possible. These symptoms include,
- A widespread rash that affects most of the body (signs of a serious allergic reaction)
- A fever accompanied by your rash (could be a sign of infection)
- A rash that appears suddenly and spreads quickly
- A rash that contains painful blisters, particularly around the face or genitals
- A painful rash
- An infected rash, which is often characterized by yellow, oozing fluid, crusting, redness and pain
Our dermatologist, Dr. Applegarth, has been providing comprehensive skin care to patients living in and around Valparaiso and La Porte, IN, since 1998. If you are dealing with a severe, painful and worrisome rash, know that the team at Applegarth Dermatology can help. Call (219) 548-0360 for our Valparaiso office, or (219) 362-0161 for our La Porte location.