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What causes rashes?
There are so many reasons why a rash may surface. Rashes may be the result of a bacterial, fungal, or viral infection, or it could be caused by an allergy. Common causes of a rash include,
- Atopic or contact dermatitis
- Pityriasis rosea
- Insect bites and stings
- Poison ivy, oak, or sumac
- Diaper rash
- Lichen planus
- Allergy to a drug/medication
Most rashes are mild, self-limiting, and can be treated on your own without having to turn to a doctor. Some ways to ease a rash and promote faster healing is by,
- Using only gentle cleansers and soaps that do not contain harsh chemicals or fragrances
- Avoiding hot water and only using lukewarm or cold water
- Being gentle when cleansing, bathing, and handling the skin
- Not covering the rash (let it breathe)
- Using only unscented products
- Applying calamine lotion to control itching
- Using hydrocortisone cream to reduce itchiness, swelling, and redness
- Not scratching the rash, as this can lead to an infection
It’s important to recognize when a rash probably requires medical attention. You should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist if,
- The rash is widespread and takes over most of your body (this could be a sign of an allergic reaction, which requires immediate attention)
- The rash is spreading quickly and suddenly
- Your rash is accompanied by a fever (this is often a sign of serious infection)
- The rash is painful or contains blisters
- There are signs of infection such as oozing, crusting, or skin that’s warm to the touch
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.
You suddenly develop a rash. Should you be concerned? At Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ, your dermatologist, Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey, sorts through rashes and their accompanying symptoms.You get the best treatment and healthy skin returns.
What does your rash look like?
The appearance and location of your rash tells your skin doctor much about its type and severity. While most rashes are not dangerous or life-threatening, a rash which has additional symptoms likely should be evaluated.
So, consider these rash characteristics and as needed, contact Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria:
- Circular rash pattern (Lyme Disease from a tick bite)
- Raised blisters on the hands or legs (poison oak, ivy or sumac)
- Blisters on the eyes, mouth or genitals (herpes)
- Widespread over the face, chest, arms and legs (often a reaction to medication, such as penicillin or sulfa, or to food, such as shellfish or peanuts)
- Hives, raised, puffy wheals or bumps which itch and feel very warm (contact, or atopic, dermatitis)
- Accompanying pus and odor (a secondary infection or impetigo, a contagious staph or strep infection)
- Itchy, oozing bumps (fungal infection, such as athlete's foot or jock itch)
- Bruising or duskiness without injury (a blood clotting disorder, such as vasculitis)
- Accompanying shortness of breath, fever or pain (shingles or chicken pox)
- Recurring (acne, eczema, rosacea)
Experts at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center say a rash which continues to spread or lingers is very concerning. It may indicate an underlying medical problem--even cancer.
Don't try treating a rash on your own. Dr. Mackey will inspect your rash and ask you when it began and what, if anything, seems to help it. He may take a skin culture or biopsy or order blood work.
Your skin treatment plan will depend on his findings. For mild rashes, such as atopic dermatitis, he may prescribe a steroidal cream, cool compresses, and avoiding known triggers such as soaps and irritating fabrics. Refrain from scratching and picking so you don't develop an infection.
Find out more
Your skin is your largest body organ and protects you from many invaders, such as bacteria, so it's important to take good care of it. Don't delay if you develop a rash and bring your rash to Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peroria, AZ. Dr. Vernon Thomas Mackey can help you have your very best skin. He has two offices to serve you. For either the West Thunderbird Road or the West Lake Pleasant Parkway locations, phone (623) 977-6700.
Do you want to know more about rashes and how each case is treated?
Rashes are skin conditions on the skin that manifest in a variety of ways: red patch, small bumps or blisters. Rashes are not life-threatening and are treated with the help of your Peoria, AZ, doctor Dr. Vernon Mackey. Learn more about the different types of rashes and treatments, like over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines and moisturizing lotions.
More About Rashes
- A common type of eczema is Atopic Dermatitis.
- There is Contact dermatitis which is a type of eczema caused by an allergen.
- There are several chronic skin problems: acne, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis.
- There are fungal infections, like ringworms and yeast infections
- There are viral Infections, like shingles.
The American Academy of Dermatology Association gives a list of other types of rashes.
Below is a list:
- Lichen planus: This rash manifests on several parts of the body, like inside the mouth, genitals and scalp but aren't contagious.
- Granuloma: This is a type of cancer that causes a rash and manifests in a variety of appearances on skin: a slightly raised and ringed patch usually found on one's hand, arm, foot or leg; patches all over one's body; a deep, round lump in one's skin that may be mistaken for ringworm. Contact your Peoria dermatologist because they can differentiate between the two.
Lupus: There are several types of lupus: cutaneous only affects skin and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) which affects the body's skin, joints and lungs.
Do you need a consultation?
For more information on rashes in Peoria, AZ, contact Advanced Desert Dermatology at (623) 977-6700 today!
Noticing a rash is sometimes an alarming experience, especially if you are unsure of its cause. Though these irritating conditions are usually nothing to worry about, they can sometimes indicate an underlying condition or allergy. Find out more about rashes, different types of skin irritations, and what they mean for you by reading below, and if you require personal care for a rash or other skin condition, contact Dr. Vernon Mackey at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ, today!
Types of Rashes
From allergic reactions to eczema, rashes can come from many different sources, some innocuous, others rather harmful. Knowing the kind of rash you are experiencing and how to handle it can help you determine whether or not you should see your doctor:
- Eczema: Eczema causes yellow or white scaly patches of skin. They are often red, oily, raised, and hair loss causing.
- Impetigo: This contagious bacterial infection causes fluid-filled sores and a crusty rash.
- Allergic reaction: An allergic reaction often comes in the form of hives, which are large red welts on the skin. Certain foods, contact with a certain substance, or even seasonal allergies can cause hives.
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease: Most common in children under five, this condition causes red blisters on the hands, feet, and mouth.
- Psoriasis: Psoriasis causes silvery, scaly patches of skin and is commonly found on the scalp, elbows, and knees.
- Chickenpox: This childhood illness causes clusters of fluid-filled, itchy blisters all over the body, and it is contagious until the blisters have crusted over.
When should I see my doctor?
Often, rashes are nothing to worry about and will go away on their own in just a day or two. However, if your rash becomes severe, begins affecting your daily life, or comes with a fever, you should come visit our Peoria office. Additionally, if the rash is all over the body or comes on suddenly, you should seek medical attention.
Concerned? Call today!
Your doctor can help you determine if your rash is a health risk or simply an irritation. Find out more about your rash and its treatments with Dr. Vernon Mackey at Advanced Desert Dermatology in Peoria, AZ. Call (623) 977-6700 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mackey today!