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“Rash” is the general term for a variety of different skin conditions. Rashes usually refer to an uncomfortable change in the appearance, color, or texture of the skin. They can be triggered by environmental factors such as chemicals, exposure to the sun, and poisonous plants. Internal factors that cause rashes include medications, acne, and exposure to allergens. Continue reading for more information, or read about natural rash treatments and what you can use to soothe your skin.
We all get them at one time or another, 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.
Generally caused by an allergic reaction to a 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.
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.
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.
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), prescription antifungal medication is the common treatment for all versions.
The Common Symptoms of a Rash Include:
- Cracked, scaly skin, or blisters
- Red bumps with radiating redness
- Itching or burning, usually accompanied by red bumps
Most rashes are mild and are often treated with topical medications. However, there may be cases where rashes are a symptom for more significant skin problems such as:
- Allergic reactions to medications
- Atopic dermatitis
- Bacterial infections such as impetigo
- Contact dermatitis caused by contact with an allergen
- Chronic skin problems such as seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, or acne
- Viral infections such as shingles
In these cases, a more significant course of treatment may be required.
Rashes can also be an indicator of a more serious illness. If you experience a rash that does not go away for a long period of time, make an appointment at The Skin & Vein Center for a proper diagnosis and treatment.
Michigan Dermatologist Expertise
Whether you need breast rash treatment, have a rash on your neck, or need allergic reaction rash treatment, we employ some of the top dermatologists in Michigan to help you with determining the best course of treatment for your rash or other skin disorder. Give us a call today at 800-400-VEIN, to schedule a consultation.
We treat all dermatological conditions and perform everything from minor procedures to very advanced procedures including large excisions and MOHs surgery for skin cancer. We are also experts in vein treatment. We treat patients of all ages and we accept most insurances.