A skin rash is a general term for red patches, blisters, or small bumps on the skin. Skin rashes are unsightly and can be painful or itchy. Some rashes, such as poison ivy or poison oak, can be treated using over-the-counter products. However, if you have a rash that is getting worse or isn't getting any better over time, Dr. Mackey of Advanced Desert Dermatology can help.
Determining the Type Of Rash, You Have
It can be difficult for the average person to tell what type of rash they have. Many people will turn to the internet to figure out the kind of rash they have, but there is no guarantee that your self-diagnosis is correct.
There are several types of skin rashes in Peoria, AZ.
Contact dermatitis: This skin rash is a common form of eczema and is caused when you come in contact with an irritant or allergen.
Chronic skin issues: The most common chronic skin issues include acne, seborrheic dermatitis, and psoriasis.
Atopic dermatitis: This is the most common form of eczema and causes redness, itching, pain, and flaky skin.
Viral infections: Viral infections, such as shingles, can cause a skin rash.
Fungal infections: Fungal infections such as yeast infection and ringworm can cause skin rashes.
Bacterial infections: Bacterial infections, such as impetigo, can cause skin problems.
Rashes Can Be Symptoms Of Serious Illness
Some rashes are symptoms of serious illness, including:
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Certain types of cancer
A dermatologist can determine whether the rash you have is due to a serious illness. Making an appointment right away will allow you to see your doctor for tests and treatment before the illness progresses.
Getting the Correct Treatment
Trying to diagnose and treat the rash yourself isn't a good option. If you misdiagnose the rash, you won't use the proper treatment, and the rash won't go away.
It is best to see a dermatologist if you have a rash that lasts two weeks and isn't getting any better. A dermatologist can determine the type of rash you have, which is necessary to provide the proper treatment.
When you begin treatment, your rash will start to fade. In addition, the itching, pain, and irritation caused by the rash will begin to dissipate.
If you have been dealing with an unsightly rash that has been causing your discomfort for over two weeks, you should schedule an appointment with Dr. Mackey. He can take your medical history, ask you questions about the rash and examine it to determine the cause. The sooner you make the call, the sooner your rash will disappear.
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Mackey, call (623) 977-6700.