The definition of a skin rash covers a wide variety of skin irritations, from chickenpox symptoms to poison ivy. Some rashes might go away on their own, but for the ones that don’t, a skincare specialist should be your first call. Luckily, Tamjidi Skin Institute in Maryland and Virginia has plenty of skincare specialists that want to hear about your rash, and find the best way to treat it.

What is a Rash?

The term “rash” usually refers to an outbreak of red, scaly, bumpy, or itchy skin that can be localized to a specific area, or widespread over the whole body. There are a number of things that could be causing your rash, and some are more severe than others:

  • Contact dermatitis - A fancy way to say direct skin contact with foreign substances that leads to an adverse reaction. This could be any kind of latex or rubber, poison ivy or oak, a certain type of hand soap, clothing dye, etc.
  • Medication or topical - A new medication or topical cream could be having an allergic reaction with your skin, or the rash could be a side effect of the medication.
  • Bug bite or infection - Flea and tick bites can leave rashes as well as transmit disease; ringworm and cellulitis are typical infections that can produce rashes, as well as develop into more severe infections. 
  • Disease or skin condition - The most severe cause would be a disease or condition that produces a rash as a symptom. Psoriasis, lupus, and rosacea are common diseases and conditions that could lead to the development of a rash.

The cause of a rash almost entirely determines the method of treatment, but most forms of contact dermatitis and medication rashes can be treated with over the counter creams and lotions, or by simply limiting contact/usage.

Rash Treatment at Tamjidi

While every appearance of a rash might not merit a dermatologist visit, some rashes can develop into bigger problems or point to more severe underlying conditions. If you have a rash that is worrying you or not going away quickly, Tamjidi Skin Institute in Maryland and Virginia is here to help. Give us a call, and let us provide the peace of mind your skincare deserves.