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What are Rashes?

Do you have an area of skin that is itchy, bumpy, or scaly? If so, you may have a rash. Rashes are atypical changes in skin texture or color. They are usually the result of inflammation, which can have many different causes. Most rashes will present with redness, scaling, bumps, or itching. There are many different types of rashes, though some of the most common include:

Eczema

This term is used to describe different conditions that cause skin to become red, scaly, itchy, and inflamed. It can affect both adults and children.

Seborrheic Dermatitis

This rash most commonly affects adults, and is usually found on various parts of the head. It appears as a red, itchy rash with flaky scales.

Contact Dermatitis

This rash is caused by physical contact with an allergen. Rashes that are caused by contact with an irritant tend to produce more severe symptoms.

Psoriasis

This is a skin disease that is caused by an abnormal buildup of dead skin cells.

If you think that you may have a rash, do not itch it, as this can break open the skin, allowing germs to get in. This can put you at risk of developing a bacterial skin infection.

Treatment Options for Rashes

There is a large variety of treatment options for rashes depending on the type and severity of the rash. Some of these treatments may include:

  • Allergy Medications: Oral antihistamines can be prescribed to reduce itching.
  • Anti-inflammatory Creams: Hydrocortisone creams can be used to soothe and calm itching and inflammation.
  • Oatmeal Baths: Sometimes, soaking in a warm bath mixed with colloidal oatmeal can help to relieve symptoms such as dryness and itching.
  • Immunosuppressants: If you have a skin rash from eczema or an immune system response, immunosuppressant medications can help to reduce the reaction.
  • Steroids: If your rash symptoms persist over time, you may be prescribed a topical or oral steroid to ease inflammation and itchiness.
  • Topical Immunomodulators: In some cases, topical immunomodulators are required to treat rashes. These medications change your body’s immune response to allergens.

There are also some ways that you can help to lower your chances of developing a skin rash in the future. This may include avoiding known triggers such as irritants and allergens, using mild, fragrance-free soaps, cleansers, and moisturizers, and washing your hands immediately after coming into contact with irritants or allergens.

Ideal Candidates for Rash Treatment

If you have a skin rash that is causing discomfort or will not go away, you can benefit from rash treatment. While most rashes are not dangerous, it is always important to contact a doctor to be sure. An assessment by Dr. Erwin is needed to best determine which treatment is right for you.

Contact Us Today

If you have a skin rash, contact our office by calling (979) 612-2761 or completing the online form to schedule your appointment with Dr. Erwin. She will assess your rash to best determine the most effective treatment option. We will be more than happy to assist you in any way that we can.