Rashes are torture. At some point in our lives, most of us will experience itchy bumps on the skin that don’t go away quickly, which leads us to scratch and rub endlessly in search of even the most momentary relief from discomfort. Thankfully, here at the Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center, Dr. Roger Koreen and his team understand what it takes to heal rashes and deliver the relief you desperately seek.
Understanding Rashes and How They Work
Rashes can impact your skin in many ways. You might experience what presents as small bumps with diffuse redness or several red spots that look like pinpricks, blisters, or even hives.
The sensation a rash produces can cause dryness, itching, swelling, and pain, which usually begins as a warm sensation. A rash is a term that describes irritation on your skin.
Rashes can be caused by contact with an irritant, allergen, virus, or fungus or result from your body’s autoimmune response. While the majority of rashes are usually mild and temporary, there are exceptions when dermatologic treatment is the best course to relieve your symptoms.
Types of Rashes
There are many types of rashes one can contract upon the skin. Here are a few common examples.
One of the most common rashes is contact dermatitis, which occurs from exposure to a specific food or chemical to which your body has developed an allergic response. The most common triggers for this condition include soaps and detergents, makeup, perfumes, chemicals used in the workplace or home, and plants such as poison oak and ivy. In some cases of contact dermatitis, Dr. Koreen may recommend skin testing to rule out potential triggers.
There are also cases in which internal medicine can cause an allergic response that irritates the skin. This problem is more common than you might think. For instance, many commonly used medications like those used to treat high blood pressure and cholesterol or antibiotics may cause rashes as a side effect.
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Certain types of fungus cause rashes. Conditions like ringworm and athlete’s foot are among the most common fungal rashes.
Bacteria can also trigger rashes that look like pustules or crusted patches of skin.
Rashes can also be caused by certain types of autoimmune diseases that impact the skin by triggering an abnormal immune response in the body. Conditions such as psoriasis, lupus, and eczema, which may be aggravated by exposure to the sun, have no cure. However, these conditions can be managed through proper care.
In sporadic cases, a rash can be a sign of skin cancer. Conditions such as basal, squamous, or lymphoma are the most common forms. A cancerous rash will appear as scaly pink or discolored patches of skin.
When a rash does not clear up on its own after a few days, it’s essential to seek medical treatment from an experienced dermatologist immediately.
Treatment for any rash often depends on several factors. But, the first step is finding the cause, which Dr. Koreen does by examining the appearance of your skin and finding out about your possible exposure to a trigger.
He will also look at your other symptoms, the presence of the same rash in any of your co-workers or family members.
Other essential factors he’ll consider include where the rash came from, the area or areas of the body impacted, where the rash spread to, the pattern and speed of the rash’s development, and the sensation the rash causes.
There’s No Need to Suffer Any Longer
Relief from rash discomfort begins with a call to Contact Dermatology & Cosmetic Laser Center, where you can schedule your consultation with Dr. Koreen. Our phone number is (631) 417-3300, and our office is at 28 Elm St, Huntington, NY.