Rashes come in all shapes, sizes, colours and patterns. There are many different potential reasons for your rash, and the medical team at Rachman Medical Group can determine what caused your rash and get you started on the right treatment to clear it up.
What is causing the rash?
The cause of your rash could be any number of different sources, from a simple reaction to a substance your skin came in contact with to a more severe reaction caused by an insect bite to highly contagious rashes that can easily be passed from one person to another. The team of doctors and health professionals at Rachman Medical Group can help you pinpoint the cause of your rash in order to determine how to properly treat it. Some common causes of rashes include:
- Flea or other insect bites
- Fifth disease
- Contact dermatitis
- Hand, foot and mouth disease
- Chicken pox
- And many other conditions
Rashes caused by dermatitis are the result of the skin coming into direct contact with a substance that causes the body to react negatively, causing the skin to form a rash as a form of protection. Some common substances that cause rashes include laundry detergent, soaps, beauty products, clothing dye, chemicals and poisonous plants. Medications can also cause rashes due to an allergic reaction, a side effect or as a result of photosensitivity to the medication.
Do rashes go away on their own?
Depending on the trigger of the rash and what type of rash it is, it may clear up on its own through a variety of treatments. Stop using any new products that may have been the trigger to the rash formation and take care on the sensitive skin to avoid irritating it. Wash the affected area with mild, gentle cleansers and warm water, not hot. Pat the skin dry, don’t rub it, and allow it to breathe as much as possible. Dry skin can be moisturized with an unscented moisturizing lotion, or hydrocortisone cream if the affected area is uncomfortable and very itchy. An oatmeal bath can also help to relieve itchy skin. If you are experiencing mild pain as a result of the rash, you may be able to take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to help, provided your doctor has advised you that this is safe for you. If your rash doesn’t respond to any of these treatments or if the rash is severe and not the result of exposure to a substance, reach out to your primary care physician or to Rachman Medical Group. It is important to have a doctor examine the rash and provide you with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan to clear up your skin and get rid of any discomfort.
How do you stop a rash from spreading?
Rashes can be painful and uncomfortable, so trying to keep it contained to the originally affected area is important. This can be easier said than done, depending on the type of rash you are experiencing and how contagious it is. In order to stop it from spreading, it is key to follow a few simple steps. When drying the skin, ensure you are patting the affected area dry to avoid aggravating it. Change your towels out frequently so that the bacteria isn’t sitting on the damp towel, which can spread to other parts of your body on the next use. As much as possible, avoid touching the rash and then touching other parts of your body or other people. Some rashes are highly contagious and can spread very quickly and easily. If the rash is itchy, apply a hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to the skin to help control the itch, and reduce the likelihood of touching the area. Contact your doctor if the rash isn’t clearing up to ensure it isn’t a more serious condition that requires medical treatment.
How can you tell if a rash is serious
While many rashes are not serious and can be adequately treated at home, some rashes do require medical attention in order for them to clear up. If you have been unsuccessful in treating your rash at home, the doctors at Rachman Medical Group can provide you with treatment options to get the rash cleared up. Give us a call or book an appointment online today to get started on the path to itch free skin. Rashes that are accompanied by any of the following additional symptoms require immediate medical attention:
- Increase in pain or discolouration of the affected area
- Itchiness or tightness in the throat
- Difficulty breathing
- Swelling of the extremities or face
- Fever over 100.4 F or 38 C
- Confusion or dizziness
- Severe neck or head pain
- Repeated diarrhea or vomiting
While not as serious, it is still important to get checked by your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms in conjunction with a rash:
- Joint pain
- Sore throat
- Tenderness or red streaks near the rash
- A recent animal or bug bite, particularly a tick
Rachman Medical Group in Reseda, CA, is here to help treat rashes, so do not hesitate to reach out to our team of healthcare professionals today. We are here to help you feel better! We serve patients Reseda CA, San Fernando CA, Twin Lakes CA, Hidden Hills CA, and Burbank CA.