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Identifying & Treating Common Skin Rashes

A rash is a common condition that is affected by several factors, including the climate outside, the types of product used to clean both surfaces around your home and your body and even the time of year. However, sometimes a simple rash can be an indicator of a more serious condition or illness, requiring an examination by a professional for proper diagnosis.

What is Considered a Rash?

A rash presents as an irritated patch of skin, with itchiness and swelling concentrated on the area. It initially appears as red bumps along the skin but can develop into hives or blisters as it worsens. A rash can be caused by the weather, chemical reactions, illness, drugs, and allergic reactions. While certain rashes are benign, certain chronic rashes can be an indicator of more serious, even life-threatening conditions.

Symptoms of a Rash

Each rash is different, with the symptoms differing depending on the main cause. Most rashes have itchy, red bumps that feel hot to the touch, with the skin appearing cracked and scaly as it progresses. If you scratch the area, you will begin to notice oozing from some of the bumps. The area affected by the rash will be uncomfortable and tender, especially once you begin scratching. As the condition worsens, your symptoms will become more pronounced, including a high fever. More serious rashes can also have upper body pain, dizziness, and diarrhea as symptoms. Throat tightness is common in allergic reactions.

Treating a Rash

The best way to get a thorough diagnosis of your rash is by undergoing an examination by a professional physician. Your doctor will ask you information about the rash, including potential causes and when you first notice the bumps appear. These answers will help determine the proper medications to treat the core issue, which can range from oral medications to antihistamines or creams containing steroids to ease any burning or itching. If your rash is getting worse over time and is spreading over more surface area of your skin, visiting an urgent care center for diagnosis and treatment is critical to preventing further issues.

Skin Rash Diagnosis & Treatment in West Orange, NJ

If you or a member of your family is experiencing a skin rash, visit an AFC Urgent Care center for diagnosis and treatment. Most forms of insurance are accepted, and appointments are not required.