At some point in time, many individuals will deal with a rash on their skin. This can happen while you’re out on a camping trip and get poison ivy or have an allergy from a skincare product that doesn’t agree with your skin. While most rashes are often harmless and not anything to worry about, there are other symptoms that can be extremely uncomfortable, including itching, burning, and redness. Find out the most common causes of rashes and when to seek the help of a dermatologist when you develop one.
What causes rashes?
Dr. Betty Bellman of the Miami Beach, Florida area sees patients routinely who are dealing with an unidentified rash. Some of the more common reasons rashes develop include:
- Bug bites
- Allergic reaction
- Side effect of medications
- Contact dermatitis
- Viral infections
- Heat rash
- Poison ivy
At what point should I seek medical attention?
Many types of rashes need to run their course and won’t require medical attention to resolve them. However, others may need to be evaluated by a dermatologist when the rash becomes extremely uncomfortable or is present with additional symptoms. Getting an examination by a professional can help patients find the cause of their rash, address coexisting symptoms, and seek a resolution. Many patients are advised to seek medical attention for a rash if:
- It is extremely painful
- It is showing signs of infection
- It is blistering
- It is spreading or covering all of the body
- It is present with a fever
- It appears suddenly and spreads quickly
How are rashes treated?
The method of treating a rash will be determined based on the cause. In many instances, rashes can be managed with an over-the-counter medication such as hydrocortisone. This can assist is reducing itching and burning sensations until the rash goes away. Additionally, patients who have a rash due to an allergic reaction to a skincare product should be sure to avoid using this product again.
Are you worried about a rash that has developed?
It’s always a good idea to be evaluated by a dermatologist to determine the cause, get a diagnosis, and find treatment. Dr. Betty Bellman of Miami Beach, Florida is here to help. Call her office at (888) 264-7584 and visit the practice at 4302 Alton Road, Ste. #705.