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.