Although most skin rashes are not life-threatening, they sometimes indicate a more serious condition. Dr. Anna Vawter of Thrive Family Dermatology in Allen, Texas, is a board-certified dermatologist specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of rashes and skin conditions in patients of all ages. If you have a rash, make an appointment by calling the office or scheduling online.
Although rare, if you get an unexplained rash that comes on suddenly, involves a large area of skin, or you have other symptoms like pain, a fever, or feelings of malaise, you should seek medical attention immediately by going to the nearest emergency room. The sudden onset of a rash may indicate a severe allergic reaction or a more serious condition, and it’s a good idea to have a medical team evaluate your symptoms.
Once your condition is deemed safe to be treated outside of the hospital setting, you may be advised to seek follow-up treatment with a board-certified dermatologist like Dr. Vawter, so she can monitor your progress.
A rash is any type of inflammation or discoloration of your skin. Rashes can be itchy, red, scaly, or look like welts or blisters. Some rashes may go away by themselves, or with the use of over-the-counter topical ointments. However, most rashes are best evaluated by a board-certified skin doctor for a diagnosis and a targeted treatment plan, before anything is applied to the rash.
Rashes commonly occur in the form of psoriasis, eczema, seborrhea, poison ivy, or hives. Infections cause rashes as a result of a fungus, bacteria, parasite, or a virus. Medications can also be a cause of rashes.
Many rashes may be chronic or go through periodic flare-ups. One example is seborrheic dermatitis, which affects your face, ears, or scalp. It’s not uncommon for babies to get a form of seborrhea that affects their head or diaper area. Adults commonly have scaling at the scalp, at the eyebrows, and at the sides of the nose.
Contact dermatitis is a rash caused by a chemical or a substance that comes in contact with your skin and creates an allergic reaction. Some examples of contact dermatitis include poison ivy, poison oak, or a reaction to nickel, a metal commonly found in costume jewelry. Other rashes might appear as an allergic reaction after eating certain foods.
Dr. Vawter offers several treatment options that are meant to specifically treat different types of rashes. These treatments include:
After a careful examination and evaluation, Dr. Vawter will help determine the best course of treatment for your particular rash symptoms. If you’ve been suffering from a rash or skin condition, Dr. Vawter invites you to call the office or request a consultation online so you can take the first step toward healing your skin.