Rashes can be uncomfortable and disfiguring, so getting a reliable diagnosis and effective treatment at Eternal Dermatology is essential. Medical dermatologist, Ife Rodney, MD, FAAD, provides expert rash care in Glenn Dale, Maryland, for adults and children so you and your loved ones can get relief. Call the office or schedule a visit online today.
What causes rashes?
Rashes are areas of irritated skin that can be red, itchy, and swollen and may blister or break open in severe cases. There are many different types of rashes, all with individual causes. Common causes of rashes include:
- Contact with an irritant, such as a chemical or poisonous plant
- Infection (bacterial, viral or fungal infections)
- Allergic reactions
- Autoimmune conditions
You should see Dr. Rodney if you experience any of the following:
- A rash covering your entire body
- A fever with the rash
- A rash that occurs suddenly and spreads quickly
- A rash that begins to blister
- A rash that’s painful
- A rash that’s infected
In some cases, rashes can signal a life-threatening reaction to an irritant, medication, or infection. Chronic rashes should also be evaluated in order to determine their cause and develop an effective treatment plan.
What are common types of rashes?
The most common types of rashes include:
- Contact dermatitis
- Allergic reaction to medications, food, or other irritants
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Pityriasis rosea
In some cases, it can be difficult to determine the exact cause of your rash. A thorough examination at Eternal Dermatology can help you understand specific characteristics of your rash and what they mean when it comes to your diagnosis.
How is a rash diagnosed?
To diagnose your rash, Dr. Rodney first asks about the history of your rash including how long you’ve had it, if it’s causing pain or itching, and any potential exposure to irritants. Dr. Rodney also asks about recent changes to your health and if you’re taking any medications.
After your consultation, Dr. Rodney examines your rash to assess color, shape, size, and if there are any areas of redness, dryness, flaking, swelling, or bleeding. Based on this assessment, Dr. Rodney diagnoses the type of rash you have and recommends treatment options.
How is a rash treated?
The type of rash you have will determine your course of treatment. For contact dermatitis, Dr. Rodney recommends avoiding contact with irritants. She may suggest hypoallergenic options for common products like soaps, lotions, and detergents if needed.
Other types of rashes — like eczema, psoriasis, and seborrheic dermatitis — can be relieved by prescription ointments, creams, and tablets. Corticosteroid injections can also be beneficial in relieving inflammation associated with rashes.
Dr. Rodney may also recommend over-the-counter products like BENADRYL®\ to relieve itching.
Get relief from your rash at Eternal Dermatology by calling or scheduling a visit online now.