Our skin deals with so much on a daily basis. Soaps, dirt, and UV rays are just some of the things that impact our skin daily. It’s no wonder that there are instances where our skin reacts, leaving us with itchy, annoying rashes. The source of these rashes can be difficult to pinpoint. If you are having a hard time finding out what is causing your rash, it may be time to visit the experts at Westover Hills Dermatology. Give us a call to find out more about our treatment options or to schedule an appointment.
Rashes: Among the Most Common Skin Problems
Most of us have the same reaction to rashes; reach for a topical anti-itch ointment, or an over-the-counter oral antihistamine or hydrocortisone cream. While these treatments are often effective for minor irritations, skin rashes can be symptomatic of more profound medical issues.
Rashes can take many different forms. They can manifest as blotches, blisters, or welts. They can also be dry and itchy, red and scaly, or any combination of those conditions.
No portion of the body’s skin is immune from being a potential rash site. They can occur in highly localized areas of the body or spread all over. Some go as quickly as they seemed to arrive, while others just seem never to go away. Each rash is different, which is why it is important to see a professional.
Causes of Rashes
While there are many causes of rashes, there are some that are more common than others. These include, but are not limited to:
- Poison Ivy
- Athlete’s Foot
- An Allergy
When to See a Doctor
If your rash has been present for more than a few days, it is time to see a doctor. Rashes caused by a temporary factor will often disappear quickly, relieving you of the symptoms. Rashes that stay any longer and spread all over the body may reveal an allergy that needs to be addressed. A professional dermatologist will run some tests to determine what is causing the skin irritation and advise you on ways to avoid them in the future. They can also prescribe you medical-grade ointments or medications to ease any discomfort you may be experiencing with the rash.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you have a persistent rash, it may be time to see the specialists at Westover Hills Dermatology. Our professional staff will answer any questions you may have about our treatment options. Contact us today to schedule your appointment.