What Does My Rash Mean?

By Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches
March 13, 2015
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rashes  

Find out the most common causes of skin rashes and what it could mean for your health.

Most people will experience at least one rash during their lifetime. This typically innocuous symptom can be caused by a viral, bacterial, parasitic or fungal infection, or it can be caused by other health conditions, allergies, and environmental factors. While most rashes aren’t a cause for concern and will most likely go away on their own, here are the most common causes of a rash and when it might be necessary to see your Boynton Beach dermatologist.

Rash Symptoms

Not everyone will experience the same type of rash. Some rashes may have scales or ulcer while others might form blisters or itchy bumps. If your rash symptoms last more than a couple of days then it might be time to see your Boynton Beach dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis and proper treatment.

Common Rash Types

Here are some of the most common types of rashes:

Eczema: A skin disease that causes inflammation and weepy, itching blisters that may crust over or ooze. Eczema is often triggered by an exposure to an allergen or substance that produces this uncomfortable rash.

Poison Ivy: An itchy, oozing rash that can last up to three weeks after being exposed to the plant poison ivy, or also poison oak or sumac.

Hives: Red raised itchy patches of skin that usually disappear within a few hours. Hives are commonly triggered by certain kinds of stimuli including allergic reactions or even stress.

Heat rash: When sweat glands are blocked and sweat cannot be produced then this skin inflammation results in a heat rash. Heat rash causes red, prickly or itchy bumps on the skin that often fade as the skin cools.

When to See Your Dermatologist

So when is it time to see your Boynton Beach dermatologist about a rash? While most noninfectious rashes can be treated with over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream, rashes caused by viral infections, rashes that don’t go away after a few days, and rashes accompanied by fever or trouble breathing warrant an immediate trip to the doctor.

If you are experiencing unpleasant rash symptoms that don’t seem to respond to over-the-counter remedies, then call your Boynton Beach dermatologist, Dr. Kristen Hafner at Integrated Dermatology of West Palm Beach & of the Palm Beaches to schedule an appointment.