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Common Skin Rashes and Their Treatment

A rash is any type of irritation on the skin that causes a change in the color and texture of the skin in a given area. Rashes might also cause symptoms like itching, burning, and soreness, so they might require more immediate care. While some rashes are only minor irritations, others can be serious medical conditions. This article will offer a look at some of the most commonly diagnosed rashes seen in the dermatologist’s office to help you identify the right course of treatment for your skin irritation. Hives Hives is a skin rash that is typically caused by an allergic reaction, typically to an allergen that has made direct contact with the skin. Hives will cause the skin to swell, turn pink or white, and become itchy. While this rash may be highly irritating, it is often treatable at home with an antihistamine medication and avoidance of the allergen. If a hives-type rash does not go away after several days or it is accompanied by more severe allergy symptoms, you’ll want to seek medical care immediately. Eczema If your child develops a rash that is dry, red, and itchy, it is likely eczema, which is usually associated with sensitive skin. Eczema is not contagious, and it will usually go away on its own, but you might see a dermatologist if eczema is frequently recurring. Impetigo Impetigo is a highly contagious rash caused by bacteria, and it is characterized by the presence of blisters and sores, which often appear first around the mouth and nose. These sores will spread quickly through scratching, and the rash is easily spread to other people. Treatment will require the use of antibiotic creams, or oral medication in more severe cases. Rosacea Rosacea is a rash that is only seen of the face, and it might cause redness of the skin along with the appearance of small blood vessels and bumps on the surface of the skin. While there is no permanent cure for rosacea, symptoms can be managed with certain medications and skincare changes. Specialists in Dermatology can help you find relief from any type of skin irritation at one of our three Tucson offices. To schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, give us a call today at (520) 382-3330.