Rashes can be triggered by a variety of factors, which might include external irritants, certain medications, or immune system responses. They are generally red, inflamed, itchy, and aggravating.
IDI offers comprehensive analysis and treatment of common skin rashes, helping patients achieve relief from irritation and itching and uncover glowing, healthy skin.
What Are Rashes?
Broadly, rashes are outbreaks of skin lesions. Though the appearance and sensation of rashes can differ significantly depending upon the cause, they are essentially any cluster of eruptions on the skin that causes redness, inflammation, itching, and irritation.
Two of the most common types of rashes include:
- Atopic dermatitis: This condition is a form of eczema. It causes outbreaks of red, thick, itchy, inflamed patches on the skin that can develop scales and even scabs. It is a chronic concern that can flare up as a result of a compromised immune system or allergic response.
- Contact dermatitis: This is a type of rash that only occurs when a patch of skin comes into direct contact with an external allergen or irritant. Common triggers include certain plants like poison ivy, poison oak, and stinging nettle. The condition can also be caused by some cosmetic fragrances, pesticides, and nickel. Contact dermatitis rashes are red, itchy clusters of lesions that might erupt and ooze fluids.
Rashes can also be symptomatic of underlying medical disorders. Because they can be the result of a multitude of issues, it’s important to have any rash examined by a medical professional, particularly if it causes serious irritation or if it appears to be spreading.
Your doctor will provide an in-depth consultation, an examination of the affected area, and a review of your medical history. You could also receive a series of tests to check for allergies or underlying medical conditions. In some cases, a skin biopsy will be performed.
The best treatment for a skin rash will depend upon the cause. In the cases of contact and atopic dermatitis, you might be prescribed topical corticosteroids to lower inflammation and facilitate healing. You could also be prescribed antibiotics to control any infections. If the rash is severe, certain therapies may be administered, such as phototherapy to address severe outbreaks that are unresponsive to topical treatments.
At IDI, we work closely with all patients to determine the most effective course of treatment for their individual circumstances. Please contact the team at IDI to have your skin concerns addressed and resolved today.