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By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
June 04, 2020
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: rashes  

RashesWondering 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,

Eczema

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.

Chickenpox

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

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.

Heat Rash

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.

Athlete’s Foot

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.

By ADVANCED DESERT DERMATOLOGY
March 24, 2017
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Acne   Eczema   rashes  

Skin problems? Rashes, acne and eczema are just a few skin disorders that affect people every day. Some skin conditions can be minor skin problemsand easily treated -- while others can be very serious. Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology, which is located in Peoria, AZ, offers a full range of dermatology services. Read on to learn about rashes, acne and eczema and their treatments.

Rashes Overview

A skin rash refers to any sort of skin inflammation and/or discoloration that distors the skin's appearance. Common skin rashes include hives, poison ivy, eczema and athlete's foot. Infections that cause rashes may be viral, parasitic, bacterial or fungal. A skin rash lasting more than a few days should be evaluated by a Peoria dermatologist.

Rashes Treatments

Because skin rashes can be caused by many different things, it's important to figure out what kind you have before you treat it. Treatments may include baths, lotions, moisturizers, antihistamines, which relieve itching, and cortisone creams that relieve swelling. Although most skin rashes clear up quickly, others are long-lasting and need long-term treatment.

Acne Overview

Acne is a skin condition that occurs when hair follicles are clogged with oil and dead skin cells. Acne lesions include small bumps, blackheads, whiteheads and nodules and cysts. The resulting appearance can lead to reduced self-esteem, anxiety and depression. If OTC treatments don't control your acne, you should see a dermatologist about your acne.

Acne Treatments

Antibiotics may be prescribed by your doctor for the treatment of acne. Antibiotics work by killing excess bacteria and reducing redness. Benzoyl peroxide is the world's most frequently prescribed acne treatment. Benzoyl peroxide is an antibacterial agent that kills the bacteria that cause breakouts. Tretinoin gel is a drug prescribed to treat acne. Tretinoin clears your skin from within. It unclogs pores and promotes peeling of affected skin areas.

Eczema Overview

Eczema is a group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become irritated or inflamed. Eczema symptoms include red, itchy and dry skin caused by inflammation. The exact cause of eczema is unknown, but it's believed to develop due to a combination of environmental and hereditary factors. For those suffering with eczema, it's important to consult with a dermatologist.

Eczema Treatments

Eczema is treated with steroid creams, oral medications, Ultraviolet light therapy and good skin care. There are also prescription creams that treat eczema by controlling inflammation and reducing the immune system reactions. You can prevent some types of eczema by avoiding things that you're allergic to and things that irritate your skin, such as certain lotions and soaps.

If you have a skin problem, who should you call? A dermatologist, of course. Call Advanced Desert Dermatology at (623) 977-6700 today to schedule an appointment in Peoria, AZ. Get your life back on track by receiving the best skin treatments available. Everyone deserves healthy, beautiful skin.

By Advanced Desert Dermatology
January 21, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: rashes  

Rashes can be caused by a variety of irritants, all resulting in inflamed, itchy spots on the skin's surface. They can be unsightly, uncomfortable and can interfere with your sleep and daily routine. If you suffer from frequent rashes, here are some tips for avoiding rashthem from the dermatologists at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ.

Determine the Cause of Your Rashes

If you are prone to developing itchy patches of welts on your skin, you may have an allergy. If the cause isn't immediately apparent, make an appointment at Advanced Desert Dermatology to have a patch test. Drs. Mackey and Chan will place a series of allergenic substances on a small area of skin to see how it reacts to each one. Latex, detergents, pet hair, and various metals are all common irritants. Once the allergy is determined, you will be advised to avoid whatever is causing it. Your Peoria dermatologist may also prescribe topical or oral medication or suggest vaccinations to keep your rash at bay.

Dress Comfortably

It's important to wear loose-fitting clothing made of breathable materials, especially during hot weather. Anything that clings to your skin and doesn't allow air to pass through will trap sweat and puts you at risk for a rash. For warmer months, Drs. Mackey and Chan suggest choosing cotton and linen garments; lightweight wool, such as merino, is a good option for staying warm but comfortable in the winter.

Avoid Toxic Plants

You may enjoy taking walks in wooded areas, but familiarize yourself with the plants that can cause rashes to develop on the skin they touch. Poison ivy is the most common of these plants; its oil can cause an extremely itchy, blistering rash even when the leaves are dead. Poison oak, poison sumac, hemlock and stinging nettle can also cause rashes to develop. Wear long pants and shirt sleeves and bring along alcohol-based sanitizer to dissolve the oils in the event you do come into contact with one of these plants.

 If you have a persistent rash, contact Drs. Mackey and Chan at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ for an evaluation.