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By Long Island Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology
February 05, 2021
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Rash  

Be able to recognize when your rash is a sign of something more serious.

Rashes are an incredibly common problem and are typically nothing serious. Of course, a rash that’s itchy or inflamed can certainly be annoying, and you may be wondering whether you should just try to treat the problem on your own or if you should turn to our Huntington and Hicksville NY dermatologists Dr. Daniel Sherer and Dr. Todd Coven. Since a rash may be a sign of something else going on in the body, it’s important to understand when to see a doctor.

Common causes of rashes include:

  • Poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • Heat rash
  • Diaper rash
  • Stress
  • Eczema (also called atopic dermatitis)
  • Psoriasis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Rosacea
  • Chickenpox
  • Certain medications
  • Shingles (more common in older adults)

Sometimes a rash is a sign of a fungal (e.g. ringworm), parasitic, bacterial, or viral infection. A rash caused by a viral infection will typically clear up on its own after the virus has gone away; however, bacterial, fungal, or parasitic infections that cause rashes need to be treated by your Huntington dermatology office, usually with medication. Of course, a rash can also be a sign of another underlying issue such as an autoimmune disorder or a thyroid problem.

You should see your Huntington dermatology team about your rash if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • A rash that appeared suddenly and is spreading quickly (this could be a sign of an allergic reaction to something you ate or a medication you are taking)
  • A rash that is accompanied by a fever
  • A rash that lasts weeks and doesn’t improve with home care
  • A rash that has swelling or bruising around it
  • A rash that oozes or has a bad odor (these are signs of infection)
  • A rash that looks like a bullseye (could be a sign of Lyme disease)
  • Any yellowing or hardening of the skin

Minor rashes can typically be treated at home just by:

  • Avoiding coming in contact with the substance or allergen
  • Keeping the rash exposed to the air (do not cover it)
  • Apply cold compresses to the area if it’s irritated or itchy
  • Applying calamine lotion to help with the itching
  • Taking an antihistamine if you’re dealing with hives or a mild allergic reaction

If you are concerned about a rash but you aren’t quite feeling comfortable coming into Huntington dermatology or Hicksville office, our dermatologists also offer telemedicine visits. This means that you can schedule a virtual appointment with your doctor to find out whether your rash is a problem that requires immediate attention or simple home care.

To schedule your in-office or virtual appointment with Dr. Daniel Sherer and Dr. Todd Coven at Long Island Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology, call (631) 271-2769 for our Huntington NY office or (516) 433-3200 for our Hicksville NY office.

By Long Island Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology
October 09, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rash  

Generally, the term “rash” refers to a change in appearance or texture of one’s skin. This can happen for many reasons, and occur in many forms- bumps, scabbing, redness, marks, etc. Most rashes are fairly benign and no cause for worry, although in cases of severe Rashdiscomfort, concurrent onset of other symptoms, or a rash that fails to go away on its own, you should consult one of the expert physicians at Long Island Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology.

Some Common Causes:

Eczema- A type of dermatitis, or skin inflammation, eczema has many different etiologies. From irritated dry skin to a local allergic reaction, eczema is a common rash pathology. Symptoms associated with eczema are usually limited to itching and patches of redness, although more severe cases can result in fluid leakage and crusting. Eczema, while uncomfortable, is not usually a sign of any more severe systemic condition. There is no complete cure available, but your dermatologist can help you treat the symptoms and determine if the cause is something avoidable, like contact with an allergen. 

Infections- A rash can be a sign of bacterial, fungal, or viral skin infections like ringworm, or impetigo. There are certain creams and topical methods of treatment for rashes resulting from infections which can attack the pathological organism. These should not be used with immune modulators like antihistamines or corticosteroid creams, as the effects will counteract each other. If you are unsure which treatment is right for you, consult your doctor.

Systemic Conditions- Sometimes, a rash can be a sign of a larger problem such as a systemic allergic reaction, as in the case of quickly appearing hives. Certain diseases also present with types of rashes, such as Lyme disease and scarlet fever. Autoimmune disorders can also result in rashes, such as psoriasis. If you believe that your rash is associated with an underlying condition, make sure you consult a physician to ensure proper diagnosis, as merely treating the symptoms of the rash may not be adequate. 

Treating Your Rash

Most rashes will fade on their own, and dermatologist-recommended lotions and ointments can help with discomfort and speed healing. If you can determine a cause like poison ivy, repeated contact with an allergen, or abrasive clothing, try to reduce and avoid the problem. If your rash gets progressively worse, you have other symptoms develop concurrently, or it does not go away within 2-3 weeks, make sure to get medical attention. In the Huntington, Hicksville, Syosset, and Plainview, NY regions, contact Long Island Medical & Cosmetic Dermatology for a superior and professional care experience. 

Huntington area residents call (631) 271-2769, and for Hicksville call (516) 433-3200.

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