Rash is a general term used to describe any type of inflammation or discoloration of the skin. There are many kinds of rashes, including contact dermatitis, hives, heat rash, and Athlete's foot. Rashes are often caused by an infection that is fungal, parasitic, bacterial, or viral. Some rashes aren't contagious, but others can be easily spread when left untreated. If you have a rash that is causing you discomfort, contact the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute in Greater Philadelphia to schedule a consultation with a board-certified dermatologist. We can assess your condition and create a treatment plan that can bring you much-needed relief.
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There isn't necessarily any single cause of a rash, as there are many types of rashes and multiple varying factors. Typically, a rash develops when a person comes into contact with something that causes an infection or allergic reaction. Things like cleaning chemicals, certain soaps or lotions, animal dander, and pollen can result in an allergic reaction that leads to the development of a rash. There are hundreds of different viruses and bacteria that can play a part as well. Those with asthma, hay fever, sensitive skin, or allergies are often more prone to developing rashes.
There are many types of rashes that exhibit varying symptoms. Common symptoms include redness or discoloration to the skin, blisters, inflammation, itching, burning, and stinging. These symptoms can be mild to severe and can cover a large or small area of the body. A rash can pop up almost anywhere on the body where bacteria or infection has contaminated the skin.
Treatment will be different for everyone. During your initial consultation, your doctor will carefully examine your skin to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan. He or she will take into consideration the specific type of rash, location, and severity to create an individualized treatment regimen. Oftentimes, an antibacterial, antifungal, or antibiotic topical cream or gel will be used to ease and manage your symptoms.
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A rash can cause redness, uncontrollable itching, and major discomfort. Don't put off your treatment any longer — contact the Dermatology and Skin Cancer Institute to set up a consultation at our Fort Washington, Lansdale, or Willow Grove, PA office today. Dr. Saxena and her professional medical team can design a unique treatment plan that can help soothe your symptoms and place you back on track to clearer skin.