When a rash appears on our skin, often our first reaction is to buy some over-the-counter cream and wait for it to disappear.
There are times when that’s not the best approach.
Rashes are caused by a number of things, from allergies to viruses. Depending on the rash and its accompanying symptoms, you could need medical help to clear it up.
Some things that can cause a rash include:
Depending on the cause, the appearance of the rash can vary. Some rashes are dry and itchy, others are blotchy or form large hives.
Over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream will usually ease symptoms of rashes caused by allergies, such as poison ivy or poison oak. Sometimes, a poison ivy outbreak can require further medical attention.
See your primary care doctor or a dermatologist if your rash comes with:
Also see a doctor if:
In the meantime, be gentle with your skin when you have a rash:
Rashes are some of the most annoying symptoms we deal with, but the right medical care will have you comfortable in your own skin in no time.
Dr. Kimberly McKinnon, a family medicine physician with Elmhurst Memorial Medical Group, is accepting new patients in Hinsdale. View her profile and schedule an appointment online.
The dermatologists at Edward-Elmhurst Health have specialized training and state-of-the-art tools to help you with every kind of skin, hair and nail condition. Find a specialist.
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