Nearly everyone will develop a skin rash at some time or another. Rashes can occur for a variety of different reasons, some are allergic reactions or others may be the result of a chronic skin condition. The severity of rashes can also range from mild and painless to severe and symptomatic. At Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center in Huntington, NY, our skilled team can help accurately diagnose your rash and offer various options for safe, effective treatment.
What is a skin rash?
A skin rash is when an area of bumps or redness emerges on an area of the skin. The rash can be small or large and may be itchy or painful. Some rashes develop without any bothersome symptoms but should still be evaluated for treatment.
Rashes can develop for many different reasons which is why it’s usually better to be seen by a dermatologist who specializes in conditions of the skin. In order to effectively treat a rash, it’s important to have an accurate diagnosis that a dermatologist can provide. For some simpler, mild rashes, many patients experience relief with the use of over the counter hydrocortisone cream. For rashes caused by skin conditions such as eczema, patients may require the use of prescription creams and steroids. By working with an experienced team like the one at Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center you know that you are in experienced hands to get the appropriate treatment for your condition.
What are the different types of skin rashes?
There are hundreds of different types of rashes, which is why an accurate diagnosis is a huge part of effective treatment. The first step is to speak with the dermatologist about your various concerns and symptoms. Knowing whether the rash is itchy and causing discomfort, spreading, or mild and asymptomatic can help us identify its underlying cause. Some rashes occur over large areas, while others may be hardly noticeable. Rashes can occur as the result of a condition such as psoriasis, rosacea, or eczema, or may be the result of an allergic reaction to an environmental substance. During the evaluation process, we ask a series of questions along with performing a physical exam to get the right diagnosis necessary to come up with a treatment plan. An improper diagnosis can result in ineffective treatments and ultimately may lead to worsening of the condition.
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What are some effective treatment options for skin rashes?
Once we have a diagnosis and understand the cause of the rash, we can begin recommending various treatment options. We work with all our patients to determine which treatment or combination of treatments is best for his or her unique situation. Treatment options may include:
- Topical creams
- Laser or light treatment
- Chemical peels
Beginning a treatment plan as soon as possible after diagnosis allows patients to achieve an improved quality of life. This is especially true for chronic skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema due to the potential for uncontrolled flare-ups. Following a skin care routine along with recommended treatment can minimize these flare-ups and allow patients to enjoy the benefits of healthier, clearer, more comfortable skin.
In addition to the various treatment options, we may also recommend a change in skincare routine. This can include using certain recommended products or avoiding products that contain ingredients that may be triggering a rash. We can also provide patients with tips and tricks for alleviating some of the more bothersome or uncomfortable symptoms such as itching or burning.
Call your Huntington, NY dermatologist today to discuss your skin concerns
At Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center, our entire staff is dedicated to providing high-quality dermatological treatment in the Huntington, NY area. Whether you have spent years struggling with chronic rashes or have recently developed one that you are unsure about, the first step to relief is scheduling an appointment at our office. Once our team is able to evaluate the skin rash and come up with an accurate diagnosis, we can recommend treatments that will set you on the path to relief.