What are rashes?

There are many ways that the skin can be compromised leading to multiple abnormal lesions, whether they are isolated to a single body site (for example, on the legs, hands, or face) or widespread on the body. Rashes can consist of little bumps, large bumps, blisters, crusting, or sores. Sometimes rashes come and go, for example, when people have hives. Sometimes rashes feel (for example, itch) a lot worse than they look. Rashes can be caused from dry skin, allergies, medications, sun exposure, infections, inflammation, or cancer. They can be part of a larger disease process (for example, lupus or Crohn's disease) or be completely isolated to the skin (for example, poison ivy or impetigo).

What are the treatments for rashes?

Fortunately, the majority of rashes are highly treatable and often curable if the correct diagnosis is found. A skilled dermatologist can often identify the cause of a rash simply by looking at the skin. Other times a skin biopsy must be obtained to determine the cause. Depending on the cause, rashes are treated with a wide variety of medicines. If you have a rash that is severe, causing emotional or physical discomfort, and/or is not going away on its own, please make an appointment to see our dermatologist to have it properly diagnosed and treated.

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