Is a skin rash making you uncomfortable? At Dr. Mazin Dhafir's office in West Seneca, NY, this dermatologist diagnoses and treat all kinds of rashes. Don't suffer. Learn about these common dermatological problems.
What is a skin rash?
A skin rash is any change in skin color and texture. It may be flaky, bumpy, red or discolored. Rashes may ooze or itch. It may be harmless or become infected, threatening your overall health. Other rashes are anaphylactic reactions to allergens, Lyme Disease or even skin cancer. In West Seneca, Dr. Dhafir recommends you come in when your rash does not resolve within a week to 10 days or if you have a fever, pain or open sores.
10 common skin rashes
- Hives is an allergic reaction to animal dander, pollen, fabrics or other allergens that are touched, inhaled or ingested. Itchy and quickly spreading, these red, raised skin wheels improve with cool clothes, antihistamines and steroidal creams.
- Impetigo is a Staph infection in children. Its brown, scaly patches respond to oral or topical antibiotic therapy.
- Painful shingles is a red, bumpy rash that may occur anywhere on the body. It is dangerous on the face as the varicella-zoster virus invades the eyes. Analgesics and oral or topical steroids reduce symptom severity.
- Contact dermatitis is an itchy, red rash that develops after touching poison ivy or oak, metal jewelry and make-up. Scratching worsens the condition. Topical corticosteroid cream reduces itching and inflammation.
- An autoimmune disorder, rosacea is a red, raised rash that may have tiny broken blood vessels at its surface. Often a butterfly pattern across the cheeks and bridge of the nose, rosacea flares up and diminishes and never truly resolves. Your dermatologist may prescribe antibiotics.
- Interigo is a red to brown rash in skin folds under the breasts or on the abdomen. This itchy rash may become infected. Corticosteroid creams reduce inflammation.
- Prickly heat is a bumpy red rash. Sweat plugs pores, leaving the skin itchy and sore. Applying cold compresses and well-ventilated clothing reduces the irritation.
- Psoriasis is characterized by patches of itchy, scaly skin, affecting elbows, face and backs of the knees. Corticosteroid cream calms symptoms. According to EverydayHealth, psoriasis affects 7. 5 million Americans. The plaques originate with the immune system and may cause arthritis symptoms.
- Athlete's foot and jock itch are fungal infections targeting the feet and genital area. Dermatophytes in warm, moist areas of the body cause a red, bumpy, itchy rash. These problems respond well to prescription or over the counter topical ointments.
- Cellulitis is a deep infection of the epidermis and hypodermis. Local symptoms include a red, puffy rash that is warm to the touch. This staph or strep infection may produce fever and chills and may require IV or oral antibiotics.
If you have a lingering, uncomfortable rash, come to our West Seneca, NY office for an exam with Dr. Mazin Dhafir. Phone (716) 674-1180. We can help.
How do I protect against skin cancer?
- Apply about two tablespoons of sunscreen to your entire body and face about 30 minutes before going outside. This rule applies every day, no matter if it’s cloudy, rainy, or snowing out. The sun’s rays can always damage skin no matter what time of year it is.
- Always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. The sunscreen should also be water-resistant and have an SPF of no less than 15.
- Reapply sunscreen after swimming or sweating, or every two hours.
- Check your skin thoroughly and perform skin self-exams to look for suspicious growth and moles every month. Here are some rules on what to look out for and when to see your dermatologist for a more in-depth evaluation.
- Stay in the shade between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm, when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
- Wear sunglasses, a wide-brimmed hat, and clothing with tightly woven fabrics to provide further protection for your skin.
- Avoid tanning beds.
Whether you need to schedule an annual skin cancer screening or you are noticing changes in your skin don’t hesitate to call Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY to schedule an appointment. Having a dermatopathologist that you turn to regularly could just save your life!
How your dermatologist in West Seneca, NY, can help your fungus issue
Do you have a red, itchy rash that just won’t go away? If so, you might have a fungal infection. Fortunately, your dermatologist can help clear up this issue so that you can find relief from its annoying, uncomfortable symptoms.
Here at the office of Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, we offer a wide variety of dermatological treatments, including those that help with rashes caused by a fungal infection—read on to learn more.
Some of the most common fungal infections include athlete’s foot, a yeast infection, or ringworm. You might have a fungal infection if your skin is:
- Red or irritated
- Itchy or scaly
- Blistered or swollen
- Peeling or cracking
Fungi thrive in moist, warm areas like public pools, gym facilities, and locker rooms. You can also pick up a fungus from sharing towels, socks, shoes, or other items with another person who has a fungal infection.
Fungal infections are common in areas of your body that are warm, moist, and have creases, like your armpits or groin. People who are obese or are diabetic are also at higher risk for a fungal infection.
If you think you might have a fungal infection of your skin, you can try an over-the-counter anti-fungal topical medication applied to your skin. Some of the most common antifungal treatments available over-the-counter include:
- Clotrimazole, also known as Lotrimin or Mycelex
- Miconazole, also known as Micatin or Monistat
- Terbinafine, also known as Lamisil
For a severe fungal infection that doesn’t respond to over-the-counter medications, it’s best to visit your dermatologist. During an appointment, a prescription oral and/or topical anti-fungal medication may be recommended. In addition, your dermatologist may recommend these treatments to reduce your symptoms:
- Oral steroid medications to reduce itching
- Cortisone or antibiotic creams to reduce swelling and prevent infection
- Prescription-strength oral and topical antihistamine medications to reduce itching
If you have a fungal infection, you can find help to relieve the unpleasant symptoms and clear up your skin. To learn more about fungal skin infections, rashes, and treatments in general, call Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, at (716) 674-1180.
Did you know that the most common cancer worldwide is skin cancer? Fortunately, if skin cancer is detected in its earliest stages, it is highly curable. Here at the office of dermatologist Dr. Mazin Dhafir in West Seneca, NY, we can diagnose your condition and recommend prompt treatment for it. Meanwhile, here are practical tips to protect yourself against skin cancer:
Wear Sunscreen Every Time You Go Out
Sunscreens play an immensely crucial role in filtering out harmful UV rays that could cause cancer. Apply sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and 30 SPF at least, even when it’s cloudy outside. Apply a generous amount on all of your exposed skin parts and reapply as needed, especially if you are sweating or swimming.
Avoid Sun Exposure Between the Hours of 10 AM and 4 PM
Your body absorbs ultraviolet or UV rays all-year-round. Avoiding exposure to the sun’s rays when they’re at their strongest will help reduce your risk of developing sunburn that could result in skin damage and elevate your skin cancer risk.
Always Wear Protective Clothing
For added protection against harsh UV rays, you should safeguard your skin by wearing tightly-woven and dark-colored clothing items that can shield your legs and arms. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses will also offer extra protection.
Stay Away From Tanning Beds
The lights utilized in tanning beds discharge UV rays that could raise your skin cancer risk.
Examine Your Skin Thoroughly and Regularly
There’s a broad range of skin cancer symptoms depending on which skin cancer type you have. In general, however, these symptoms typically include skin changes that don’t seem to go away, skin ulcers/sores, discolored skin, and alterations to existing moles, such as enlargement or jagged borders. You should also make it a habit to check your skin for new growths or any kind of change in freckles, moles, birthmarks, and bumps. Have your doctor examine any changes that seem suspect.
For Questions or Concerns About Skin Cancer and Other Skin Problems, Call Us.
Dial (716) 674-1180 to schedule an evaluation with your dermatologist, Dr. Mazin Dhafir, here at our practice in West Seneca, NY.
Are you dealing with a rash? Find out what it is and how to treat it.
Most of us will deal with a rash at some point, but it doesn’t stop us from wondering, “What could be causing it?” It’s important to be able to recognize what kind of rash you have some you know whether you need to visit our West Seneca, NY, dermatologist Dr. Mazin Dhafir for treatment.
Here are some of the most common rashes,
Pityriasis Rosea (“Christmas tree rash”)
This is one of the most common types and it’s not something to worry about. The rash is usually mild and appears on the chest or back and presents as large pink spots. Sometimes the patches may itch but this rash isn’t contagious. It’s believed that a viral infection may cause pityriasis rosea to form.
Eczema is an overarching term that refers to skin problems that lead to patches of scaling, inflamed, red itchy skin. This scaly rash will most likely appear on the hands, elbow and the backs of the knees. Some children develop these patches on the neck, scalp or face. These patches may be itchy, red, crust over or cause blisters.
Dermatitis is a common form of eczema and this condition can occur in both children and adults. Eczema is not contagious and can be the result of allergies, stress, environmental factors or products (e.g. soap; detergent).
Sometimes a rash will appear if you come into contact with something that causes an allergic reaction. This can be everything from latex and poison ivy to certain detergents or metal. Contact dermatitis often presents with a scaly non-itchy rash, and the rash will develop only in the area exposed to the allergen. It’s important to figure out what you’re allergic to so you can avoid it.
Also known as miliaria, heat rash occurs when sweat is obstructed within the body during hot, humid weather. Being overdressed can also result in the formation of small, red bumps that often cause a stinging or pricking sensation. This rash isn’t serious and will go away on its own. You may choose to take a cool bath or apply cold compresses to the area. It’s also important to wear light, loose-fitted clothing.
When to See a Doctor
While most rashes are harmless there are some that are more serious and require immediate medical attention. You should visit our West Seneca, NY, skin doctor if your rash is,
- Severely painful
- Warm to the touch
- Contains red streaks
- Oozing or crusting over
- Near the eyes, mouth or genitals
- Accompanied by a high fever or vomiting
If you or your child is dealing with new or worsening skin problems then call our West Seneca, NY, dermatology office today at (716) 674-1180 to schedule an appointment.
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