Rashes are very common, and while some resolve quickly on their own, persistent or recurrent rashes often are a sign of a more serious underlying medical condition or allergic reaction. These rashes need to be evaluated in our office for accurate diagnosis and treatment. Dr. Jane Kardashian has significant experience diagnosing the cause of skin rashes and administering treatments aimed at relieving uncomfortable symptoms. If you live in the Fresno, California, area, call Advanced Dermatology Surgery Center or use our online system to schedule an appointment so you can find out what’s causing your rash and start feeling better.
Rashes are very common skin conditions that cause areas of skin to become pinkish or reddish. Most rashes have raised bumps or hives, and many rashes are accompanied by itching or burning sensations. Most rashes occur as part of an allergic reaction to a substance you touch or ingest, including foods and medications, or fumes you breathe in. Other rashes can be symptoms of underlying diseases, like Lyme disease, lupus, or shingles. And still others can develop as a result of a bacterial, viral, or fungal infection. Some rashes last just a few hours, while others can last for days. Generally, rashes that last for more than a day or occur on a repeated basis need to be evaluated as soon as possible to determine if they’re being caused by a serious medical issue.
Some rashes, like scabies, impetigo, ringworm, and athlete’s foot are contagious, and when rashes are caused by an underlying disease, those diseases may be contagious as well. Other rashes are associated with non-contagious diseases and conditions like eczema or contact dermatitis (or allergic reactions).
Since rashes can occur for so many different reasons, having an accurate diagnosis is very important to ensure you receive the most appropriate care for optimal relief of symptoms. Diagnosis begins with a review of your medical history and your symptoms, including a review of what you were doing in the hours and days before your rash appeared to help determine possible causes. Dr. Kardashian will perform a careful evaluation of your rash to look for characteristics that can be very helpful in diagnosis. In some cases, she takes skin samples (biopsies) or orders blood tests to look for underlying diseases that might be causing a rash.
Rash treatment depends on the underlying cause of the rash. When a rash is caused by a disease like lupus or Lyme disease, treatment focuses on addressing those issues. When itching or burning is intense, topical gels or creams can provide relief for those symptoms. If your rash is caused by a medication you’re taking, switching your medication can help. Other allergy-related rashes can be prevented by avoiding the trigger that causes the reaction. Topical medications and oral antihistamines can help relieve symptoms like itching and burning.