What is a rash?
A “rash” is a general term used for a wide variety of skin conditions that cause inflammation to the skin. It may appear as redness, itching, bumps, pain, burning, scaling or blisters. The cause of a rash can be difficult to determine by the untrained eye, so they should be evaluated in your dermatologists office.
What causes a rash?
Rashes may be caused by dermatitis, an allergic reaction, viral infections, bacterial infections, fungal infections, autoimmune diseases, medications or rarely, certain cancers.
A rash may be a sign of a more serious illness, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, liver disease, kidney disease or some types of cancers. If you experience a rash that does not go away on its own after a few weeks, make an appointment to see one of our dermatologists to have it properly diagnosed and treated.
How will my rash be diagnosed?
Oftentimes just a thorough history and examination will lead your provider to the correct diagnosis. Sometimes other methods may be required for accurate diagnosis, such as a culture, a skin scraping, blood work, or a biopsy of the rash.
How are rashes treated?
That all depends on the reason for the rash. Once you have a correct diagnosis, your dermatologist will treat accordingly. This could range from doing nothing, to using topical creams and ointments, using oral medications, using light therapy, or treatment may even require a referral to another medical specialty.