Rashes can be very common but cause discomfort for those suffering from them. If you are experiencing a rash or a change in the color and feel of your skin, be sure to contact our office for diagnosis and treatment. There are many different types of rashes with different symptoms, so an assessment by a dermatologist such as Dr. Gray is the best choice for prompt relief.
What are Skin Rashes?
A rash is a noticeable change in the color and texture of the skin. Most skin rashes are temporary outbreaks and may consist of red, scaly, bumpy, or itchy patches of skin. While some rashes develop right away, some form over several days. Because they can be caused by many different things, it is important to pinpoint the type of rash you have for effective treatment.
There are a very large variety of skin rashes that can occur. However, some of the most common include:
Dermatitis is a general term to describe common skin irritation. There are three main types of dermatitis, including eczema, seborrheic dermatitis, and contact dermatitis.
Eczema encompasses a group of conditions that causes itchiness, inflammation, dryness, swelling, and redness of the skin. It often affects individuals with a family history of allergies.
This is a chronic skin condition that causes a raised rash or bumps in a ring pattern. It usually affects young adults on the hands and feet.
Lichen planus is a common skin disorder that creates shiny, flat-topped bumps on the skin. They can show up anywhere on the body but are commonly found on the wrists and ankles, back, neck, and lower legs.
This is a common, mild skin rash. It often begins as a large, scaly, pink area on the chest or back and then quickly spreads with smaller patches. Itching is not typical.
If you experience a rash that does not go away, is severe, or if you have other symptoms accompanying your rash, be sure to see your health care provider as soon as possible for treatment.
Skin Rash Treatment Options
Because there are so many different types of skin rashes, treatment will most likely differ depending on your diagnosis, as well as your medical history and personal preference.
For some rashes, such as the rash caused by eczema, fragrance-free moisturizers can help with skin dryness and itching, as can antihistamines. Cortisone creams, shots, or pills can be helpful for controlling itching, swelling, and redness linked to some rashes. Corticosteroids such as prednisone or other drugs that suppress the immune system may be helpful for rashes caused by an autoimmune condition.
Overall, there are a large array of treatment options depending on your rash. Dr. Gray will work with you to determine the best treatment option to help address your symptoms.