Rashes can be a nuisance or they can signal that an underlying health problem exists. If you have a long-lasting or uncomfortable rash, the expert team of dermatologists at Adult and Pediatric Dermatology in the Forest Hills neighborhood of Queens, New York, can help. They find the root cause of rashes and treat them to clear up your skin. Call the office today to schedule an appointment or book one online.
Rashes are skin changes that appear as red or raised bumps. A rash affects your skin’s texture, color, and overall appearance. It can appear all over your body or just in certain areas of your skin. Rashes can also be itchy. Treatment helps ease the unpleasant symptoms.
Common symptoms of rashes include:
Rashes vary in appearance, depending on what’s causing them and how severe they are. See your dermatologist at the first sign of uncomfortable rashes or rashes that don’t go away on their own.
The cause of rashes isn’t always known, but common causes include:
Finding the root cause of a rash helps your dermatologist determine the most effective treatment.
To find the possible causes for skin rashes, the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology team discusses your medical history with you and examines your skin. They complete a more comprehensive physical exam if needed and might order urine, blood, or other diagnostic tests.
The best treatment for your rash depends on what’s causing it. The experts at Adult and Pediatric Dermatology can recommend:
Steps you can take at home to treat rashes include using gentle cleansers, dabbing your skin with a warm cloth, using over-the-counter ointments or lotions, and not using irritating cosmetic products. If a rash is caused by a viral infection, get plenty of rest and drink a lot of fluids.
Your dermatologist offers prescription medicines to clear up certain kinds of rashes.
If your rash is the result of an allergy, your provider could recommend oral medicines, allergy shots, or other allergy treatments to reduce the risk of skin reactions.
To reduce your risk of getting chickenpox, shingles, measles, and other rash-causing diseases, get vaccinated for those diseases.
If you want relief from an uncomfortable rash or would like to know its underlying cause, call the Adult and Pediatric Dermatology office today or schedule an appointment online.