What is a rash?
Any irritation of the skin causing redness or bumps can be considered a rash, also called dermatitis.
What causes a rash?
Redness and irritation of a rash come from many causes:
- Allergy: Also called allergic contact dermatitis, this type of rash is caused by an immune sensitivity (allergy) to some specific contact which causes the redness, inflammation and/or itching that can onset or last days beyond the initial contact.
- Contact dermatitis: This irritation or rash is caused by coming in contact with something that irritates your skin almost immediately, which will subside when you discontinue contact with the offending substance.
- Friction: Anything that rubs against the skin, even when skin rubs on skin, such as under armpits or at groin area, can cause skin irritation.
- Auto-immune condition: An autoimmune skin condition characterized by a rash can develop, as in psoriasis.
- Medication: Sometimes a medication can have the side-effect of redness, irritation or itching. Reducing dosage or discontinuing will eventually clear up the rash.
- Stress: An impactful life event or trauma can often cause skin inflammation as a reaction.
- Weather: Extreme heat or cold can cause skin to react negatively.
How do we treat a rash?
We prescribe various treatments depending on the type of rash:
- Topical treatment with custom-compounded medications from our formulary
- Prescription corticosteroid or other medications
- Corticosteroid injection therapy
- Oral medications, such as antihistamines
What can I expect?
A personalized treatment plan will be developed for you to improve your symptoms. Your treatment plan will be evaluated and possibly changed to achieve desired results.
Have a question about your treatment?
We have a dedicated triage nurse (RN) who answers patient questions during office hours. If you have a problem or question about a procedure or a prescribed medication, please call our office and ask to speak to our nurse. If she is unable to answer your question, she will consult with your practitioner and return your call.