A rash is an area of skin that changes in texture or color. Rashes often cause embarrassment and discomfort. Many times, they are painful and itchy and cause the skin to appear red and irritated. There are many different causes of rashes, including allergies, fungal infections, cosmetics, medications and diseases, such as syphilis, HIV and bullous impetigo. Each of these rashes are generally very distinct and may not share the same characteristics. See us at Dermatologic Surgery Center to get a proper diagnosis and to help manage your symptoms!
Allergic Contact Dermatitis
When your skin comes in contact with an allergen, a rash may form. This is known as allergic contact dermatitis. Allergens can be anything as diverse as eyelash adhesive, balsam of Peru, nail polish, poison ivy and rubber gloves. It takes multiple exposures to the allergen for a rash to form. Some products are photosensitive and may only cause allergic reactions when treated skin is exposed to the sun. Such products include sunscreen and shaving creams.
Diaper rash is a condition common in babies and children under 2 years old. A baby inflicted with diaper rash will feel uncomfortable burning when their skin rubs against the diaper. The caretaker may notice that skin feels warm to the touch. Causes include proximity to bacteria and yeast from waste, the tightness of the diaper and chemicals in the diapers.
If you have trouble clearing your baby’s diaper rash, come in and we can prescribe effective treatments. When an infant takes antibiotics, yeast infections may trigger the rash to form. In such a case, the infant will require prescription ointment. We recommend you come into our office in any case of infection. Hydrocortisone (to reduce swelling), antifungal or antibiotic creams (to address infections), zinc oxide and creams and ointments with steroids are a sampling of our treatment strategies!
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Herpes zoster, or shingles, is a disorder that the varicella-zoster virus (VZV) reactivates. VZV is a dormant chickenpox virus. Thus, shingles often occurs in older adults who had chickenpox as children.
If you have shingles, you may experience it in waves. First, you will experience fever and tingling. Then, you’ll start to notice red patches on one side of your body, accompanied by shooting pains. The second phase begins with blisters forming. These fluid-filled pockets occur in that localized area, and come with itching. The blisters may ooze and form scabs when they dry. You may have shingles in a “belt” around your waist or rib cage, or perhaps even your eye, forehead and nose area (ophthalmic shingles).
Besides burning and deep pain, shingles can cause long-term complications. If you are concerned about the location, severity or longevity of your shingles, come into our Medina location! We can help monitor your symptoms and look for infection. We can also help minimize the chance any scars will form.
Irritant Contact Dermatitis
When an irritable substance touches the skin, a rash may form. This is called irritant contact dermititis. An irritable substance may be detergent, shampoo, hair dye or pesticide. This condition often affects the hands.
In order to treat it, you want to avoid irritable substances. But you might have irritation already, and the kind that won’t go away. Or maybe your rash isn’t irritant. Either way, your rash can indicate something more serious. Consult our dermatologist at Dermatologic Surgery Center for professional advice.
Some types of rashes can be treated at home using over-the-counter products, while others require medical attention. If you are suffering from a persistent rash, our staff here at the Dermatologic Surgery Center in Medina, Ohio can help! During your consultation, we will examine your rash and help you decide on a product or treatment that can help soothe the skin and offer you relief.