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Skin Rash Treatments
Bumps, itching, redness and other skin conditions are very common, and their cause may not be easily identifiable. Rashes can be caused by many things, including plants (poison ivy, for example), allergic reactions to a medication or a food, or an illness (measles or chickenpox, for example).
Eczema and hives, both of which are related to allergies, are two of the most common skin rashes.
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A skin rash is characterized as the irritation or inflammation of the skin that causes skin discoloration and/or texture. There are multiple types of skin rashes and numerous factors that can cause their sudden manifestation. In order to ensure you receive the proper skin rash treatment, for your particular type of rash, it is necessary to have a licensed physician take a look at it. Our dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology Associates can help alleviate your skin-related issues!
Skin rashes can develop because of the following:
- Fungal infections
- Bacterial infections
- Parasitic infections
- Viral infections
Rashes vary in size and can cover anywhere from a small portion of your body to large areas. While common rashes do not persist for a large amount of time, more serious forms can last for a considerable length of time. Depending on your specific rash, our medical team at Advanced Dermatology Associates may choose to apply a topical ointment or prescribe some type of antibiotic.
How Dermatologists Diagnose Contact Dermatitis (Skin Rashes)
To diagnose this common skin condition, dermatologists:
- Examine your skin, paying close attention to the rash.
- Ask about current and past health issues.
- Ask questions to help them determine what is causing the rash.
Finding the cause can require a bit of detective work. Your dermatologist may ask you questions about your work, free time, pets, and skin care products. Be sure to tell your dermatologist about all cosmetics you use. If you or a close family member uses a skin lightener, be sure to mention this, too.
If your dermatologist suspects that you have an allergy, patch testing may be recommended. This offers patients a safe and effective way to find out if your skin has developed an allergic reaction to anything.
If patch testing is recommended, the following will happen:
- Patches containing small amounts of substances to which you may be allergic will be applied to your skin, usually on your back.
- You keep the substances on your skin for a specific amount of time, usually 2 days.
- You return to your doctor’s office so that the doctor can check your skin for reactions.
- You may need to keep some patches on your skin for a longer time and see your doctor again in a few days.
For immediate relief from your skin rash, call us at one of the following phone numbers:
- Midtown Manhattan: (212) 262-2500
- Bronx: Coop City: (718) 671-1000
- Bronx: Third Avenue: (718) 742-1000
- Bronx: Parkchester: (718) 239-1500
- Bronx: Fordham Rd: (718) 537-5000