Treating Your Rashes
- posted: Dec. 19, 2022
Rashes can be extremely uncomfortable and at times may indicate serious problems. Rashes are often caused by an allergic reaction to something, such as certain plants, chemicals, or materials. If you’re regularly suffering rashes or are experiencing a severe rash, contact a doctor right away. Anyone suffering from rashes and living near Palm Beach Gardens, FL, can stop by the Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center. Our dermatologists would be happy to help.
Severe rashes often require medical treatment. Further, if the rash is the result of a more serious disease or a strong allergic reaction, medical intervention may be needed. If you or your child are having trouble breathing or other signs of a severe allergic reaction are cropping up, such as extensive swelling, contact emergency services right away. Treatment at home or via an outpatient clinic may not be enough.
Before discussing how to treat rashes, let’s briefly examine what they are.
What is a Rash Anyway? What Causes Them?
A rash is a patch of irritated skin. Often, the skin is swollen and red. Some people develop hives, and frequently, rashes itch or cause pain.
Generally speaking, rashes are caused either by a reaction to something, or an underlying disease. Most people are allergic to urushiol, an oil mixture commonly found on poison ivy and other plants. If someone’s skin comes into contact with poison ivy, they may develop a rash. An allergic reaction occurs when the immune system overreacts to something, such as a foreign compound.
Not all rashes are the result of an allergic reaction. People can contract shingles if they are exposed to the virus that causes chickenpox. Likewise, a bacterial infection called Impetigo can produce rashes.
If you live near Palm Beach Gardens, FL, and want to learn about rashes, swing by the Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center.
Treating Rashes Effectively
Exact treatment procedures will vary depending on what caused the rash. The suggestions here should help with many general rashes caused by allergic reactions. In some cases, however, these treatments may not prove effective. It’s wise to speak with a dermatologist to discuss rash treatment options.
First, anyone using cosmetic products should stop. Even if the products didn’t cause the rash, they could irritate the skin further. Taking a warm shower will often provide relief, but hot showers are generally not recommended. Aloe vera lotions and oatmeal baths can also prove very effective.
Cortisone/steroid creams can be especially effective. The strongest such creams typically require a prescription. Antihistamine pills can help mitigate allergic reactions and also relieve itching. Calamine lotions and moisturizers may help.
Anyone looking to treat rashes and who lives around Palm Beach Gardens, FL, can dial (561) 776-7041 to reach the Gardens Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery Center. Our dermatologists would be happy to provide treatment.