Effective Options for Treating the Symptoms of Rashes | Medical Dermatology

A rash is a reaction of the skin that may include itching, redness, and bumps. Rash is a general term used to describe the effect of a skin condition. There are many potential causes and treatments for rashes. Below are some of the common culprits:

  • Allergic Rash – Skin sensitivity to fragrances, pet dander, or chemicals may cause the skin to become red and irritated.
  • Eczema/Atopic Dermatitis – This skin condition is characterized by itchy, red, irritated patches. In severe cases, the irritation can ooze, flake, and cause the skin to thicken. Eczema is often associated with other allergies.
  • Psoriasis – Thick, red scaly patches of skin are characteristic of plaque psoriasis.
  • Molluscum contagiosum – This is a viral skin condition that causes pearly bumps on the skin. The bumps may itch but scratching them can spread the virus to other parts of the body. Molluscum contagiosum is highly contagious when bumps are present.
  • Poison Ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac – These common skin rashes are caused by contact with certain plants. Topical creams can relieve the inflammation.
  • Bacterial or fungal infection – The body’s immune system response to an infection may include skin irritation.

Important fact about allergic rashes

Rashes that are caused by allergies are typically not dangerous. But the problem is it’s not always evident what the cause of a rash is. You should never assume you’re suffering from an allergic rash. As a common rule of thumb, any unexplained bumps, scaling, or bleeding should be looked at by a dermatologist because these symptoms could indicate a more serious skin condition. If the inflammation is persistent or keeps coming back, a dermatologist should be consulted

Treatment options for rashes

Treating the symptoms of rashes depends on the underlying cause of the skin inflammation. If a rash is caused by contact with irritants, a person can determine what is causing the reaction and avoid it. If a viral, fungal, or bacterial infection is causing the outbreak, a topical cream or oral medication may resolve it. In the case of chronic skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema, an ongoing treatment plan is the only way to keep symptoms under control. In the case of eczema, there are some at-home measures one can take, such as the use of a humidifier and body lotion to keep the skin moist. But these are temporary fixes. A dermatologist can determine the right course of treatment on a case-by-case basis. The sooner you see a doctor about your rash, the more successful your treatment will be.

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