Rashes

Rashes scare most people because they think something has to be terribly wrong. However, rashes are nothing more than swollen or irritated spots of skin. It is your body’s way of responding to a systemic or environmental trigger. There are some rashes that have an obvious cause. For instance, when you break out after you have been cleaning with a new chemical or breaking out after coming into contact with poison ivy. Unfortunately, other rashes are harder to pinpoint and some may even have a delayed reaction.

A rash can appear in many forms; the following are some of the most common signs:

  • Itching (usually the most common)
  • Bumps
  • Areas of raw skin
  • Irritation
  • Pain
  • Blistering
  • Swelling
  • Redness

Developing a rash depends on what possible exposures you may have encountered. Some possible triggers could be:

  • Certain plants
  • Some foods
  • Chemicals
  • Eczema
  • Lice
  • Bacteria
  • Epstein-Barr Virus
  • Herpes zoster
  • Herpes simplex I & II
  • Types of fungus
  • Yeast, like candida

A rash can be a sign of many things, some serious and some, nothing to worry about. If the rash does not clear up in a day or two, you should see a physician.

How the doctor treats the rash will depend on the identified cause. If the rash is caused by a preexisting medical condition, such as lupus, the treatment will focus on managing lupus.

In some instances, you may need to take medication in the short-term or long-term. Some medications that will help clear up the rash are anti-fungal drugs, antibiotics, or antiviral.

If you develop a rash because you came in contact with poison ivy, chemicals, or food, the proper treatment will focus on the inflamed skin to avoid the risk of infection. Your physician will give you advice on how to avoid triggers in the future, and may even suggest allergy testing. This can give you information on how to reduce the chance of more severe allergic reactions.

If you have a worrisome, persistent rash, make an appointment at Alamo City Urgent Care, LLC or walk in for a diagnostic workup and let us develop you a specialized treatment plan.

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