Posts for tag: Rash

By Shady Grove Dermatology
April 03, 2018
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

A rash can be uncomfortable, distracting, and even painful, especially if you're unsure of its source or how to treat it. We see a lot of rashvarying rashes at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, and while most rashes are not serious, there are effective treatments available to help with the itching and dryness that often accompanies them. It is also important to prevent a secondary infection from forming. Below, are a few of the common reasons people develop skin rashes and how they're typically treated.

Allergic rashes

An allergy is the body's immune system overreacting to a stimulant. Often this response manifests as a rash on the skin; certain animals, metals, and chemicals are often the trigger. Your Rockville dermatologist usually suggests avoiding contact with the allergen to keep your skin rash at bay. In the meantime, the itching can be treated with a topical ointment. Oral antihistamines can also help to reduce the discomfort and to control the allergic response; these can be both over-the-counter and prescriptive, depending on your needs.

Bacterial rashes

Staph or strep-class bacteria can cause folliculitis or impetigo, both of which cause sores that can be widespread across the surface of the skin. These types of rashes tend to occur more often in children. Cellulitis is a condition that can occur around a previous wound, such as a surgical site, and causes a red, painful rash that penetrates into the deeper layers of the skin. Bacterial infections are treated with antibiotics.

Other rashes

Psoriasis is a common rash that your Rockville dermatologist treats; it's an itchy and scaly rash that results from an overproduction of skin cells, usually on the scalp, knees, or elbows. It's not curable, but is often treated topically or with steroid injections; the goal is to encourage remission. Parasites, fungus, and viruses may also be characterized by a rash.

If you have an itchy, uncomfortable rash or any other skin-related problem, contact Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD for an appointment today!

By Shady Grove Dermatology
June 27, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

A skin rash. It's unsightly, itchy and uncomfortable, and you want to be rid of it. Of course, you want to know what is causing it, too. At rashShady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD, your skin rash will be diagnosed and treated by our expert board-certified dermatologists. They value patient education. So they'll tell you how to prevent this bothersome condition and help your skin look and feel its best.

Skin rash symptoms

Along with varying symptoms such as redness, blisters, bumps and swelling, many skin rashes cause uncomfortable itching. Some rashes, such as allergic hives, appear suddenly, while others develop more slowly. Also, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology says that skin rashes can be caused by something internal--a response to medication or food for instance.

Other skin conditions happen because of contact with something such as an insect (a bee sting or mite bite), irritant (detergent or fabric), plant (poison ivy or oak) or bacteria (Streptococcus). Whatever the cause, Dr. Josef Yeager, Dr. Sanders Berk, Dr. Thomas Keahey or Dr. Caroline Yeager will inspect the area involved and provide relief and management for your condition.

Common skin rash causes and remedies

The following items can cause our skin to react with a visible rash:

  • Heat: Also called Miliaria, a bumpy, red heat rash appears in a baby's diaper areas or in the skin folds under an adult's arms, breasts or upper thighs. Cool compresses, loosely fitting clothing and exposing the rash to the air help dry and heal it.
  • Allergy: People prone to allergies and asthma develop hives (raised itchy blisters) or ectopic dermatitis, a scaly raised rash. Chlorine in municipal water systems and swimming pools commonly causes sensitive skin to react with an outpouring of histamines. Animal dander, sun exposure, cold weather and excessively dry air (from forced air furnaces) precipitate dermatitis and hives. Hives can occur suddenly during periods of stress as well. Avoiding the allergen is important as is application of over the counter moisturizers or topical hydrocortisone creams.
  • Fungus: Rashes nicknamed jock itch or athlete's foot originate in a fungus spread in moist environments such as locker rooms, showers and pool decks. Antifungal preparations such as Lamasil usually clear the bumpy, itchy patches when applied properly.
  • Insects: Mites, bedbugs, bees and other annoying bugs disrupt skin integrity. Scabies comes from mites and requires prescription medication.

Preventing skin rashes in Rockville

The team at Shady Grove Dermatology recommends common sense precautions to help you avoid skin rashes:

  • Avoid what you are allergic to--woolen fabrics, harsh detergents, latex gloves.
  • Cover up when you are outside to prevent poison ivy and insect bites. Don't wear perfume or aromatic deodorants when going in the woods.
  • Wear loose fitting, breathable clothing on hot days and in the gym.
  • Keep your skin clean and dry. Use moisturizing cream on areas of very dry skin.

Come see us

If you are suffering from a skin rash or have other concerns, please contact Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD for an appointment. Call (240) 246-7417. We can help you have your best skin ever.

By Shady Grove Dermatology
August 18, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

While normally nothing to worry about, rashes could be your body alerting you to an allergen or a sign of an underlying condition. However, recognizing the difference between a harmless rash and something more severe is often unclear. Learn how to tell when your rash could be the sign of something more with your doctor at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD.Rash

What causes a rash? 
Rashes are defined as a sudden or abnormal change in the skin. Some of the more common reasons for rashes include:

  • Eczema: Eczema causes the skin to become inflamed, irritated, itchy, red and scaly. This condition occurs in children and adults and has no known cause though many people with eczema also have asthma or seasonal allergies.
  • Hives: Hives are a rash that causes the skin to swell and become itchy and pink or red. The skin may also sting or burn. Most cases of hives last anywhere from a few hours to a few days. Most cases of hives occur due to allergic reactions.
  • Contact Dermatitis: This condition occurs due to an allergen irritating the skin. Many cosmetics or medications cause contact dermatitis. The condition presents itself as redness, bumps, blisters and general skin irritation.
  • Psoriasis: This autoimmune disease causes the skin to become flaky, scaly and thick and occurs in patches. The patches become silvery with scales and can occur anywhere on the body.
  • Heat Rash: Also called prickly heat, heat rash occurs when sweat blocks the pores and occurs most often where skin rubs skin and causes friction. The condition produces small red bumps which may sting or itch.

When should I see a Rockville doctor? 
Many rashes will go away on their own within a few days. However, you have fever, joint pain, headaches, sore throat or a swollen tongue, you should seek immediate medical attention. See your doctor if your rash does not go away with a week, is painful, is infected, begins to grow and cover a large area, your daily activities are affected or your skin begins peeling, changing colors or swelling.

For more information on rashes, please contact Dr. Josef Yeager, Dr. Caroline Yeager, Dr. Sanders Berk and Dr. Thomas Keahey at Shady Grove Dermatology in Rockville, MD. Call (240) 246-7417 to schedule your appointment for an examination today!



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