Rashes Treatment

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At West Dermatology Hillcrest

Rashes Treatment

Itchy, uncomfortable and unsightly, skin rashes can be troublesome physically as well as emotionally, but the community skin experts at West Dermatology in Hillcrest San Diego, have the experience and knowledge to help you address your skin rashes.
Contact our warm, friendly, and highly trained rash experts in San Diego today for a comprehensive consultation about your condition and concerns. We’ll answer your questions and, along with your input, find the best way to address your specific case.

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About Rashes Treatment

What Causes It?

What Is a Rash?

The term “rash” can refer to a wide array of skin conditions, but it generally refers to a visible, noticeable change in your skin, particularly in color and/or texture, which may be characterized by skin that’s itchy, scaly, bumpy, swollen, inflamed, or otherwise irritated.

The Common symptoms of a Rash
There are a variety of symptoms depending on the type of rash, but symptoms
often include skin redness or other discoloration, inflammation, swelling, dryness, peeling, scaling, crusting, tenderness, soreness, pain, and more.

A skin rash is often harmless, yet it can indicate other skin conditions or even health problems elsewhere in the body.

Left untreated, some rashes simply go away on their own, while others can lead to blisters, leave the skin raw and exposed, or last long enough to need long-term treatment. Many rashes develop quickly, while others take several days to form.

A common type of rash is eczema, a condition that occurs due to one of two types of an inflammatory skin condition called dermatitis: atopic and contact. If you have a skin rash like this, and it that’s causing you to suffer, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), atopic dermatitis afflicts nearly 30 million Americans of all ages and is responsible for over $125 million worth of lost productivity amongst patients and caregivers.

Other common types of rashes include, among others:

  • Psoriasis
  • Rosacea
  • Infections of the skin from:
  • Bacteria (cellulitis)
  • A fungus (ringworm)
  • A virus (chickenpox)
  • Reactions to insect bites
  • Heat rash
  • Shingles  

What Causes a Rash?

There are as many causes for a skin rash as there are types of skin rashes. For example, any one of a number of medical conditions can cause a rash. Many people have certain genes that make them more likely to suffer from skin rashes.
Other causes of a skin rash include:

  • Stress
  • Allergies
  • Allergic reaction to something you’ve touched, including:
  • Detergents and soaps
  • Beauty products
  • Clothes with certain dyes or materials
  • Chemicals in latex, plastic, or rubber
  • Poisonous plants like poison ivy or poison oak
  • Reaction to a food or drink
  • Certain medications
  • Sun exposure

Because a skin rash can be caused by a wide range of factors, it's crucial to know what type of rash you have before having it treated. If it is a severe rash, one that does not go away after 2-3 weeks, or one that causes other symptoms, schedule an appointment with the rash experts at West Dermatology to discuss and evaluate your condition, receive a proper diagnosis, and find out your treatment options.

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Common Treatments

While many rashes can be treated with over-the-counter medications, creams, lotions, and ointments, treatment will vary on the type of rash, the symptoms, the cause, and the severity of the condition. That’s why it’s so important that you discuss your condition with one of our experts so we can inspect your condition visually.

At West Dermatology, not only do we offer a variety of treatments and medications to address your skin rashes, but we also have the training, experience, and knowledge to find the right one for you.
Skin rash treatments vary widely depending on the type, causes, and symptoms. The skin rash experts at West Dermatology have the knowledge and experience to examine you visually and determine exactly the type of rash you have and the proper treatment to eliminate it, such as:
  • Moisturizing creams or lotions to help eliminate irritation and itching
  • Prescription-strength topical ointments and creams to alleviate inflammation, itching and swelling
  • Prescription-strength topical medications that target the fungus or bacteria that may be the cause of the rash
  • Prescription-strength oral antihistamines to relieve itching
  • Phototherapy such as the use of UV light which reduces itching and redness
Our experienced and compassionate rash experts work with you to find the best solution to clear up your skin, relieve itching and discomfort, and make you less self-conscious about your skin.

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Do certain jobs put me at greater risk of a skin rash?

Yes, some occupations could. These include ones that expose you to chemicals or substances that elicit an allergic skin reaction, such as photographers, hairdressers, machine workers, florists, and health care workers, particularly dental workers.

Is it possible for me to treat my skin rash at home?

Yes, it may be. However, we urge you to see a professional, board-certified dermatologist beforehand to make sure you don’t need stronger or more effective treatment.
Here are several guidelines to follow that should ease any discomfort until you can have your consultation:
Avoid scratching the rash
Use mild, gentle cleansers
Avoid scented soaps
Use warm water (not hot water) to wash your skin and hair
When drying the skin, don’t rub it; instead, gently pat the rash dry
Avoid covering the rash with clothing, if possible
Apply an OTC hydrocortisone cream to an itchy, uncomfortable, or even painful rash
Use calamine lotion to relieve rashes due to poison ivy or oak and chickenpox
An oatmeal bath to soothe itching and irritation

When should I see a dermatologist about my rash?

You should schedule an appointment for a consultation and visual inspection of your skin if the rash persists with no improvement for 1-2 weeks or if you have extreme skin eruptions and/or discomfort.
Keep in mind, you should see one immediately if you experience any of the following:
Progressively increasing pain or discoloration
Development of a new rash
New pain, such as tenderness or soreness near the rash
Throat tightness
Difficulty breathing
Facial swelling of the face
Fever (100°F or higher)
Confusion, dizziness, diarrhea, or vomiting
Severe pain in the head or neck

What will a dermatologist do that I can’t do at home?

Your board-certified dermatologist is trained to inspect your skin and diagnose it through a combination of physical examination, thorough history, and running tests on your skin or blood through skin biopsies and scrapings, if necessary. He or she is also an expert in providing safe, effective, and proper treatments.

My rash really itches – is it okay to scratch it even a little bit for relief?

While we understand this discomfort, do not scratch the rash, as this can only make it worse despite any temporary relief you may feel.

Which treatment(s) would work for my rash?

This is difficult to tell without a visual inspection of your skin condition. We would have to ascertain the following about your rash (which it is difficult to accurately do without a consultation): location, severity, symptoms, and duration. You may need a topical medication, a topical antifungal, an oral antihistamine, or light therapy if your rash is severe enough.

When will I see results from treatment?

It depends on the severity and type of rash as well as the type of treatment you undergo. Some milder rashes usually respond to treatment and clear up within a week, while other types of rashes, such as psoriasis, can only be managed because of the nature of the condition. Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin condition that has no known cure, which means the condition and symptoms can be managed but not cured. Still others, such as cellulitis, are much more serious types of rash that often require elevated forms of treatment. The best way to know for sure is to see a dermatologist for any rash that does not go away despite medication, increases in pain or severity, or begins to debilitate your quality of life.

How can I prevent a rash?

In general, preventing a rash involves avoiding skin irritants that lead to a rash, washing skin that has come in contact with a known allergenic, not wearing clothes known to cause a rash, using milder soaps and cleansers, keeping your skin free of debris, moisturizing frequently, and more.

How much do rash treatments cost at West Dermatology?

The cost for treatment will vary, however, we accept medical insurance. Below is a list of the major insurance carriers accepted at our West Dermatology Hillcrest office. Don't see your carrier or network? Don't worry! We are also in network with several additional local organizations and carriers. Even within the major carriers, policies and coverages frequently have restrictions and limitations. Please call us to confirm your insurance and we help confirm your coverage for treatment.

Provider Select, Inc.
TriWest Healthcare Alliance
United Healthcare
Village Health
Western Growers Alliance & Trust
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Coventry Healthcare
Exclusive Care
Health Net®
Health West
Humana Choice Care®
Liberty HealthShare
Sharp Health Plan
Fresenius Medical Care
Railroad Medicare Providers
Networks by Design
Three Rivers Provider Network

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