Identifying and Treating a Rash

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Identifying and Treating a Rash


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Identifying and Treating a Rash

Between environmental factors, cleaning agents and the cold, dry air, our skin can take quite a bit of damage this time of year. While dry skin and cracked hands are to be expected when the weather turns chilly, a rash can be a sign of something more serious. Persistent rashes that won’t go away may require a closer look, especially if home treatment hasn’t been effective.

What Is a Rash?

Generally speaking, a rash can be defined as an isolated area of skin that is red, irritated or swollen. Rashes come in a variety of forms and can be caused by a number of different things, including environmental factors, household allergens, chemicals, viruses, drugs and heat/sweat. Depending upon the cause, a rash may either clear up on its own or persist for a period of time—sometimes weeks or even months.

A rash may appear red, streaky and bumpy, with some rashes leading to blisters or hives. Rashes can also be either acute or chronic, such as those developed from regular exposure to harsh chemicals or rash-causing plants. They may also be a sign of something serious or even life-threatening, such as an allergic reaction to a medication.

What are the Symptoms of a Rash?

Symptoms of a rash can differ depending upon its underlying cause, the most common rashes exhibit the following characteristics:

  • Red bumps
  • Hot, red skin
  • Itchiness
  • Cracked, scaly skin
  • Blisters
  • Oozing/draining
  • Tenderness and discomfort

Signs that a rash may be indicative of something more serious include:

  • Fever of 100°F or higher
  • Confusion
  • Tightness of the throat
  • Dizziness
  • Head and neck pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

These may be signs of a medical emergency and require immediate treatment to avoid the potential for serious complications.

Diagnosing and Treating a Rash

As with most skin ailments, proper diagnosis begins with a physical examination focusing on the affected area. A treating provider will ask you to provide information about when the rash started and what may have caused it, which can be helpful in determining the root cause of the issue. Treatment is dependent upon the cause of the rash and may include oral antihistamines and/or steroid creams, which can help to alleviate itching and burning sensations.

Consider visiting ConvenientMD if any of the following are true of your rash:

  • Your rash covers a large area of skin
  • The rash is getting worse instead of better
  • Fever or pain accompanies the rash

Are you Dealing with a Rash? Visit ConvenientMD to Get Treated Today!

While rashes can be uncomfortable and embarrassing, they can also be a sign of something more serious. This is especially true for rashes that don’t clear up on their own in a short period of time. If you or a family member are experiencing a rash, stop into any ConvenientMD location today to get treated. We’ll take a close look at what’s causing your symptoms and create an appropriate treatment plan to have you back to feeling your best as soon as possible.

Just stop in at any time—you don’t ever need to make an appointment to be treated.