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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.
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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