Common Rashes and How to Treat Them

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We all get them at one time or other, ugly, bumpy, red or purple skin conditions known as common rashes. They aren’t pretty, but most are easily treatable, disappearing within a few hours or a couple of weeks, depending on how severe. Some rashes that stick around for a while could be a symptom of another underlying illness; this is where we – and our Michigan Dermatology Center Rash Treatment – come in.

Dr. Seiger and the staff at The Skin & Vein Michigan Dermatology center have over 26 years of experience in treating vein and skin conditions. If you have a rash with symptoms lasting an extended period of time, give us a call—we can help. In the meantime, we have compiled a list of the five most common rashes and their symptoms (as well as their rash treatments). Education will always be the first defense.

Heat Rash (miliaria)

Presenting with two types of symptoms, heat rash appears when sweat glands have been obstructed during hot and/or humid weather. Miliaria Rubra appears as a cluster of stinging red bumps, while Miliaria Crystallina appears as clear, liquid filled bumps. Neither is especially serious and can be treated by staying cool and dry and wearing loose and lightweight clothing.

Drug Rashes

Generally caused by an allergic reaction to medication, drug rashes begin with a few isolated red spots that can spread over the entire body if the patient continues to take the medication. Drug rashes tend to disappear within a few days to a few weeks after the cessation of ingesting the medication. In severe cases, other life-threatening symptoms (difficulty in breathing, organ failure) can occur and emergency treatment should be sought.

Psoriasis

Ranging from mild to severe, psoriasis symptoms present as red, scaly bumps that appear in clusters and can be itchy and painful. Mild cases can flare up with little or no discomfort to the sufferer, while severe cases can cause severe quality of life issues. Topical ointments are the general mode of treatment, but light therapy has been used with great success as well.

Rosacea

With an appearance similar to acne with red bumps and red pus-filled bumps, rosacea flares up repeatedly over time and tends to be linked to sun exposure, food reactions, high temperatures, and skin products. There is no cure for rosacea, but the symptoms can be controlled to a certain extent.

Ringworm

This fungal infection appears as red scaly bumps that expand into a ring. Ringworm is very contagious. Appearing in three forms, tinea corporis (ringworm of the body), tinea cruris (jock itch), and tinea pedis (athlete’s foot), a prescription antifungal medication is the common treatment for all versions.

Our Michigan Dermatology Center Rash Treatments

For more information on these and other common rashes, check out our website. Rashes can be more than unsightly, they can be uncomfortable, painful, and a sign that something worse is going on in your body. It’s important to seek professional treatment early, before your rash becomes more severe. Contact us today for more information or to schedule your rash treatment at our Michigan Dermatology Center!

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