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By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach
December 22, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rash  

Discover the best treatment options for soothing and eliminating your rash.rash

While a rash isn’t often a cause for concern, this issue can be rather annoying and unsightly. Of course, there are also times when you’ll want to turn to one of our West Palm Beach, FL, dermatologists, Dr. Barry Kuttner and Dr. Kathleen Herne, for proper care.

Here are just some of the common causes of rashes and how they are treated:

Atopic Dermatitis

Sometimes more commonly referred to as eczema, this condition causes a red, itchy and sometimes scaly rash to appear. While this rash can show up anywhere on the body it most often appears on the face, elbows and knees. This condition is chronic and symptoms will often come and go. Flare-ups may be triggered by stress, temperature changes, chemicals and other environmental irritants.

How to treat atopic dermatitis: A lot will depend on the severity of your symptoms. If symptoms are mild then moisturizers or even certain antihistamines may be enough to reduce itching and other uncomfortable symptoms when dermatitis flares up. Of course, if symptoms are more severe then our West Palm Beach skin doctors may need to prescribe stronger medications or other treatment options.

Psoriasis

If you find yourself dealing with thick, raised red or white scaly patches on your skin (most often on the scalp, elbows or knees) then you could be dealing with a chronic skin condition known as psoriasis. This is a common dermatological disorder that just like atopic dermatitis causes flare-ups to wax and wane.

How to treat psoriasis: While there is no cure, we can find ways to help you manage your symptoms through corticosteroids, other topical or oral medications and additional therapeutic options such as light therapy.

Hives

Are you dealing with itchy red bumps that appeared suddenly? If so, you could be dealing with a harmless allergic reaction known as hives. Hives manifest when the body reacts to a specific allergen, triggering a histamine reaction.

How to treat hives: Hives are completely harmless and in most cases the condition is acute (meaning that it will go away on its own in less than six weeks). Of course, during that time you’ll want to turn to antihistamines (whether over-the-counter or prescription, depending on the severity of your symptoms) to reduce itching and other annoying symptoms.

Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach is at your service. We offer two convenient locations in West Palm Beach, FL, to give your skin the proper care it deserves. Schedule an appointment with us today!

By Integrated Dermatology
June 11, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Contact Dermatitis   Rash  

RashItching to find out what's causing your rash? Read on.

Have you been dealing with a recurrent, itchy rash? If the rash is new and isolated to a certain area of your body, it can often be blamed on contact dermatitis. Often, the best way to identify what caused your rash is to talk to your West Palm Beach dermatologist at Integrated Dermatology about where the rash originated.

Rash on the Head and Neck

Rashes that form on your face, neck and hairline are often identified as contact dermatitis, which develops as the result of an allergy. Switching makeup brands can trigger an allergic reaction. Also, sometimes companies will change their formulas, and products you've used for years may suddenly cause a rash. Grooming tools like tweezers and eyelash curlers can contain nickel, a common allergen, which can cause an itchy breakout after coming into contact with the sensitive skin around your eyes. Even shampoos and conditioners can cause a rash where the product has run down your face while rinsing it in the shower. If you notice a rash on the side of your face where you hold your cell phone to talk, you may be allergic to one or more of the metals often used to manufacture electronics. 

Once the source of the rash is identified, discontinuing use of the product usually solves the problem within a couple weeks.

Rash on the Extremities

Have you taken a hike in a wooded area? Poison ivy is often the culprit behind itchy rashes that form on the arms and legs. Other plants like stinging nettle or hemlock may also cause a rash if they are encountered during a walk in the woods. Your West Palm Beach dermatologist suggests breaking down the oils from these plants by washing any exposed areas thoroughly with a detergent soap after a walk in the woods, whether or not you're aware of coming into contact with any irritating plants.

Rashes can also crop up on the fingers or wrists from wearing jewelry that contains nickel. The dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach have seen many adult patients who previously had no problems but developed this allergy later in life.

If you're not sure what's causing your rash, one of our skilled dermatology professionals can perform a patch test to find out exactly what your skin is allergic to. Whatever the cause, recurrent rashes should be evaluated by a dermatologist. Contact Integrated Dermatology today to get to the bottom of your rash, and get relief!