Posts for: June, 2020
Rashes can appear suddenly, making you wonder why your skin is suddenly red and itchy. Fortunately, your Peoria, AZ, dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Mackey, can help diagnose your condition and offer treatments to ease your symptoms.
Common causes of rashes
Your rash may be due to one of these conditions:
- Contact Dermatitis: Have you recently changed your soap or laundry detergent, or been exposed to harsh chemicals? If so, contact dermatitis may be the cause of your rash. This condition occurs when your skin comes in contact with an allergen or irritant. Consequently, exposure to soap, latex gloves, certain foods, jewelry, skincare products, harsh soaps, or poison ivy can cause it. Washing your hands frequently during the day can also cause contact dermatitis.
- Eczema: Eczema causes raised bumps that may ooze fluid, itching and red, dry skin.
- Shingles: Shingles may be the culprit if you have an itchy, painful rash on one side of your body. You may also notice fluid-filled blisters. Before the rash appears, you may experience muscle aches, weakness, fever, or chills.
- Hives: Often coming in the form of itchy red welts, you may develop hives if you have an allergic reaction to a certain food, medication, or insect bite.
- Infections: Do you feel unwell? Rashes can sometimes accompany viral, fungal, or bacterial infections.
- Psoriasis: Psoriasis causes your skin cells to grow too rapidly, causing red, scaly patches of skin that itch, crack, and burn.
When should I see a dermatologist?
If your rash either doesn't start to improve in a few days or is extremely uncomfortable, it's a good idea to call your Peoria skin doctor. Depending on the cause of your rash, topical medications, oral medicines, or other therapies may be recommended to ease itching, redness, and discomfort.
Concerned? Give us a call
Do you have a stubborn or uncomfortable rash? Schedule an appointment with either one of our two Peoria, AZ, offices by dialing (623) 977-6700.
Wondering what’s causing those itchy red spots and whether you should see a dermatologist about your rash? Most rashes are harmless and usually go away on their own; however, some rashes may require further treatment. Here are some of the different kinds of rashes and how they are treated,
Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema causes a red itchy and weepy rash to develop. While eczema can develop just about anywhere on the body it is more common on the elbows, face, neck, and ankles. It’s important to recognize triggers (e.g. dry skin; pet dander; household cleaners) to reduce flare-ups.
Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines can be used to manage flare-ups; however, you may want to turn to a dermatologist for steroid creams, light therapy, and other treatment options to better manage your eczema.
Has your child developed an intensely itchy rash all over their body and face? If they haven’t been vaccinated against chickenpox than this viral infection may be to blame for these insanely itchy spots. Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection that appears most often in school-age children. The rash may itch and ooze for a couple of days before crusting over.
It usually takes about a week for a chickenpox rash to go away. If you suspect that your child might have chickenpox it’s important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. While the infection will just need to run its course there are ways to ease symptoms at home through special ointments, creams, and soothing oatmeal baths.
Hives or urticaria causes red itchy welts to appear. These flat bumps can be extremely itchy and may continue to disappear and appear over the course of several hours. Most cases of hives usually go away within 12 hours. Stress, drugs, food allergies, insect stings, and bites, and certain infections can also trigger hives.
While most acute cases of hives will go away, if you are dealing with symptoms that last more than six weeks or are accompanied by trouble breathing, facial swelling or other signs of a serious allergic reaction it’s important that you see a doctor immediately.
This is another common and harmless rash that appears during those hot, humid days. A heat rash will usually appear suddenly and is characterized as a cluster of red, pimple-like bumps. They can appear anywhere on the face or body but are most often found on the arms, chest, or groin. Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine may help manage the itching. It’s also important to find a cooler environment and to wear lightweight clothes with breathable fabrics.
Notice a red, burning scaly rash between your toes? If so, this could be a fungal infection known as athlete’s foot. There are over-the-counter antifungal creams that can be applied directly to the infection to kill the fungus. If over-the-counter antifungal medications aren’t providing you with relief or if you’re unsure whether you have athlete’s foot it’s important that you see a dermatologist.
If you are dealing with a painful, widespread, or persistent rash it may be time to see your dermatologist to find out what’s going on. If in doubt, give your doctor a call. Based on your symptoms we can determine whether or not you should come into the office.