The term “rash” is applied generally to describe pink or red spots on the skin that can be localized to one area of the body or diffused over the entire surface of the skin. Rashes can be caused by a variety of other skin conditions, such as infections or psoriasis, or by allergic reactions. Rashes may be dry, itchy, and scaly.
Common rashes include:
- Diaper rash
- Nickel allergy
- Pityriasis rosea
To the untrained eye, all rashes can look the same, so knowing when to seek medical help is difficult. We recommend that you visit Dermatology & Plastic Surgery Specialists or your general doctor if you have a rash that is all over your body, appeared suddenly, begins to blister, is painful, or has become infected.
Some rashes disappear on their own, while others require extensive treatment. We encourage you to seek medical treatment right away if your rash is accompanied by fever, throat swelling, headaches, chills, or other noticeable symptoms. Treatment for a rash will depend on its cause and can include methods such as oral, topical, or intravenous medications; laser therapy; and light therapy.
You can learn more about treatments for rashes in Palm Desert, California, by contacting our office at 760-773-6616 and scheduling an appointment with Dr. Michael J. Messina, our skilled and gentle dermatologist.