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Rashes will happen to most people at some point during their lifetime, whether it’s from coming in contact with poison ivy while on a camping trip or from an allergic reaction to a skincare product. While most rashes aren’t anything to worry about, we know that the other symptoms that accompany them—redness, itching and burning—can be annoying. Find out the most common causes for rashes and when your rash requires an evaluation from a dermatologist.
What causes a rash?
There are a variety of reasons rashes develop. Your rash could be caused by:
- Contact dermatitis
- Certain medications
- Heat rash
- Viral infections
- Asthma or allergies
- Bug bite
- Poison ivy, oak and sumac
When do you seek medical attention?
Most rashes will go away on their own and won’t require medical attention; however, while all rashes might look the same it’s also important to be able to recognize when a rash is serious enough that it needs to be evaluated by a skin doctor. Since there are so many different things that can cause a rash it’s important to have a proper diagnosis so you know exactly how to treat it.
You should have a rash checked out if:
- It’s all over your body
- It’s accompanied by a fever
- It’s painful
- It’s showing signs of an infection (oozing; warm to the touch; swelling)
- It’s blistering
- It appears suddenly and continues to spread quickly
How do you treat a rash?
The treatment plan your dermatologist creates for you will really depend on the cause of your rash. Sometimes over-the-counter creams such as hydrocortisone or calamine lotion can help manage itching and other symptoms until the rash goes away. Oatmeal baths can also be soothing for rashes caused by poison ivy or poison oak. While the rash heals, avoid using any products on your skin that contain fragrances or harsh chemicals. Try not to cover the rash, as it needs to be able to breathe.
If you do have to come in for an evaluation, we will provide you with the proper medication or treatment necessary to get rid of the root cause of the rash. It’s important that you follow the treatment as prescribed in order to effectively get rid of the rash.
Skin is the largest organ and sensitive to a variety of environmental factors. Here are a few FAQs about rashes your Valparaiso and La Porte, IN, dermatologist Dr. William Applegarth can answer.
What is a skin rash?
A rash is any type of skin deformity, such as small bumps, red patches or blisters. Most rashes aren't threatening but must be examined by a professional dermatologist from Applegarth Dermatology in Valparaiso and La Porte.
What are some symptoms and treatments?
Not all rashes are the same, so here are a few symptoms you want to be on the lookout for:
Symptoms can be any of the above or all of them and can manifest anywhere all over your body. Make sure you visit your doctor so that they may examine your rashes and treat you. Here are a few treatments:
- Anti-itch creams
- Moisturizing lotions
- Antihistamine medication
What are symptoms that may reveal life-threatening conditions?
- Your rash is accompanied with a fever: In this case, you need to rush to the emergency room. This may be an allergic reaction or infection such as shingles, scarlet fever, measles or mono.
- The rash is spread all over your body: This may also be an allergic reaction to infection.
- A sudden rash that spreads quickly: This may be an allergy, but if breathing is difficult, seek emergency care.
- The rash is painful: A dermatologist needs to be contacted immediately.
- If the rash is actually an infection: If there's swelling, crusting, painful, warm and has a yellow or green fluid, you need to contact your doctor.
- A blistering rash: Immediate care is necessary if they manifest around your mouth.
Need to speak to a doctor?
Do you have a rash? Call Applegarth Dermatology in Valparaiso, IN at (219) 548-0360 or in La Porte, IN at (219) 362-0161 to learn more!