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
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
Western Growers Alliance & Trust
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield
Blue Shield of California
Humana Choice Care®
Sharp Health Plan
Fresenius Medical Care
Railroad Medicare Providers
Networks by Design
Three Rivers Provider Network