Dealing with Rashes and When to Seek Help
By Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons, PA
April 05, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: rashes  

How you can get relief from a rash

Rashes are itchy and uncomfortable. They are also unsightly and can make you rashself-conscious. They can also be a sign of a more serious medical condition. How will you know the difference, and when do you need to see a dermatologist? These are all excellent questions and your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons in Morristown, New Jersey want you to know the answers.

Rashes can be caused from medications and allergies, too much heat, infections and contact with poisonous plants. According to the Mayo Clinic, rashes can commonly appear as:

  • Itchy patches on various areas of your body
  • Dry rashes that don’t itch
  • Red spots covering large areas of your body

If you get a rash, chances are it will resolve on its own. Your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons want you to know how to get relief. You can try:

  • Applying over-the-counter anti-itch lotions or creams
  • Taking oral antihistamines
  • Taking soothing baths containing oatmeal

If your rash remains even after you’ve tried home treatments, it’s time to see your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons. Some of the rash treatments your dermatologist may suggest are:

  • Prescription strength oral antihistamines
  • Oral steroids
  • Stronger, prescription strength topical cortisone creams
  • Antibiotics if your rash causes an infection

Rashes can be a sign of a more serious medical condition such as Lyme disease, shingles, and even cancer. Your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons want you to seek immediate medical help if you experience:

  • Difficulty swallowing and breathing
  • Swelling, especially your eyelids
  • Itching uncontrollably, even with topical creams
  • A rash covering most of your body and face

If you are wondering whether you need to see a doctor for your rash, play it safe! Help is just a phone call away from your dermatologists at Affiliated Dermatologists & Dermatologic Surgeons with four offices to serve you in Morristown, Mt. Arlington, Liberty Corner, and Bridgewater, New Jersey. Call today and get relief from your rash!

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