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.