Rashes can cause itchiness and discomfort and are often characterized by red patches, splotches, or small bumps on the skin. Numerous treatments are available for treating rashes. The best option depends on the cause of the rash. Dr. Anthony Dee, the board certified dermatologist at the Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, treats rashes caused by various factors.
Causes of Rashes
Rashes can develop for many reasons. For instance, a rash could be a sign of a bacterial or viral infection, as well as an allergic reaction to something. Possible causes of rashes with examples of specific rash types include:
- Allergens — hives
- Viral infections — shingles
- Bacterial infections — impetigo
- Atopic or contact dermatitis — eczema
- Fungal infections — ringworm and yeast infections
- Chronic skin problems — psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis
- Underlying medical condition (e.g., Lyme disease or rocky mountain spotted fever)
When to See a Doctor
It is possible to treat certain types of rashes at home with various over-the-counter products, such as topical anti-itch lotions and creams or oral antihistamines. However, if a rash persists for several days or weeks without improvement despite using over-the-counter products, it is best to see a dermatologist. Depending on the type of rash, you might need to see a doctor first before attempting to treat the rash at home. See the experienced dermatologist at our Buffalo, NY, if any of the following apply to your rash:
- Beginning to blister
- Accompanied by a fever
- Persists for several weeks
- Covers most or all of the body
- Develops suddenly and spreads quickly
- There are signs of an infection (e.g., swelling, warmth, crusting)
Several options are available for treating rashes and alleviating any itchiness, discomfort, or pain they might be causing. The type of treatment needed depends on factors such as the type of rash and the cause of the rash. Common methods for treating rashes include prescription anti-itch ointments, oral antihistamines, and injectable medications. In some cases, laser therapy can also help clear up a rash and alleviate discomfort.
If a rash develops as the result of an underlying medication condition, such as Lyme disease, kidney disease, liver disease, or certain types of cancers, treating the primary condition sometimes alleviates rash-related symptoms or helps prevent a reoccurrence. Our skilled dermatologist can diagnose the cause of your rash and develop an individualized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
If you are dealing with a persistent rash that is accompanied by pain, fever, blisters, or other symptoms, we can help. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Dee or one of our other board certified dermatology providers to learn more about the different options for treating rashes by calling the Dermatologic Center for Excellence in Buffalo, NY, or Clarence, NY at (716) 759-7759.