By Shady Grove Dermatology
March 05, 2020
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rashes  

It's red, itchy and just won't go away. You're worried about your skin rash and what it may be. At Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD skin rashes are our business. Our team of five board-certified dermatologists diagnose and treat all kinds of rashes, helping you feel better and be healthier overall.

What is a skin rash?

It's an area on your skin which is itchy, red, swollen, painful, discolored or exhibiting other odd symptoms. It may develop suddenly or be delayed in presenting itself. Rashes start after ingesting something, touching an irritant or being bitten or stung by an insect, spider or snake. People with allergies often develop skin rashes, and infections, both localized and systemic, may cause a rash.

What kinds of skin rashes are there?

There are numerous. Familiar to most people are acne, atopic dermatitis, or eczema, ringworm ( a fungal infection) and shingles, a viral infection caused by Varicella zoster, the chicken pox virus. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says that most rashes, though uncomfortable and unsightly, are not dangerous.

Other skin rashes, however, do signal a potentially serious problem. That's why your dermatologists at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, want you to see a doctor immediately if:

  • Your rash is widespread
  • You have a fever along with your rash
  • Your symptoms spread quickly (this could be an anaphylactic reaction to an allergen)
  • You have blisters or sores, particularly if they are very painful
  • The rash looks green or crusty or develops red streaks (these symptoms signal infection)

Treating skin rashes

Your Rockville dermatologists will inspect your rash closely and ask you about pain, itchiness and when your rash developed. Your treatment plan will aim at symptom relief and curing any underlying bacterial or viral infection.

Common medications for skin rashes include antibiotic ointments, steroidal creams and antihistamines. For heat-related rashes, your doctor may recommend avoiding hot environments, staying well hydrated and wearing loose, well-ventilated clothing.

Find out more about skin rashes

Your skin is your largest bodily organ. If it's affected by an itchy, painful rash, you need relief fast. For help in keeping your skin at its healthiest, contact the professional team at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, for a one-on-one consultation. Phone us for an appointment: (240) 246-7417.


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