Dermatology located in Orem, UT
Not all skin rashes are the same. Though you may get rid of your skin rash with over-the-counter ointments, if your skin condition fails to improve within a few days, Kraig Jenson, MD, and Devin Burr, DO, at the Dermatology Center can help. With more than 40 years of experience, they have seen all types of rashes and know what treatments work best. For expert care of your rash, call the office in Orem, Utah, or schedule a consultation online today.
What are rashes?
In general terms, rashes include any red or swollen patches of skin. Many rashes are also itchy or have blister-like lesions.
Though you may not give your skin rash much thought, the red, swollen patch of skin is a symptom of an underlying medical issue. Rashes may occur from an allergic reaction or an underlying genetic condition.
Given the many possible causes, not all rashes respond to the same over-the-counter treatment. At the Dermatology Center, the experts understand the different types of rashes and provide the appropriate treatment.
What are the types of rashes?
There are many types of skin rashes. Common types seen at the Dermatology Center include:
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a common skin rash that causes dry, itchy patches of skin. There are many types of eczema, and the skin rash may develop from an allergic reaction, skin sensitivity, or an infection.
Eczema is a chronic skin condition that tends to come and go.
Contact dermatitis is a type of eczema. It causes an itchy patch of skin that develops when you come in contact with an irritating substance, such as chemicals or dyes in body soap or laundry detergent. A poison ivy rash is a type of contact dermatitis.
Like eczema, psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that has many types and symptoms. It is an immune-mediated condition that triggers your skin to overproduce skin cells. People with psoriasis typically develop red, itchy, scaly patches of skin on the elbows, knees, lower back, or scalp.
When should I seek medical help for a rash?
Though your rash may not be life-threatening, it can affect your quality of life. You should seek medical help for a rash from the experts at the Dermatology Center if your skin condition:
- Fails to improve within a few days of at-home care
- Gets worse over time
- Is a recurring problem
- Is painful
- Affects a large portion of your body
The experts at the Dermatology Center specialize in diagnosing and treating skin rashes and create plans that get you relief from your symptoms. They also provide expert care for scabies, which is a contagious skin condition caused by a burrowing mite that creates an itchy, red rash.
How are rashes treated?
Your provider at the Dermatology Center develops a personalized treatment plan for your rash based on rash type, the severity of symptoms, medical history, and personal preferences.
Your plan may include:
- Corticosteroid cream
- Antibiotic or antifungal medication
- Light therapy
- Laser treatments
- Calcineurin inhibitors for eczema
Your provider also recommends the regular use of a skin moisturizer to prevent a recurrence of a skin rash.
To get relief from rashes, call the Dermatology Center or book online today.