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What Do I Do If I Have A Rash?

 

What Do I Do If I Have A Rash?

 

The skin is the largest organ of the body, and with that there are more visits to urgent care clinics for skin issues than for any other reason.

 

A rash can be caused by:

 

  • Excessive heat
  • Long term moisture
  • Irritant exposure
  • Dry Skin
  • Virus
  • Fungus

 

A rash that develops in a line with raised bumps could be Shingles.

 

Aside from being uncomfortable, a rash can become infected or spread farther into other areas if not properly treated. Usually immediate attention is not required but the sooner that we get treatment started the sooner that you will start feeling better.

 

You should not scratch your rash! We realize that it is very itchy but this may open the skin and present opportunities for infection to enter the skin. If the itching becomes unbearable you can take a Benadryl before coming into the office for assistance.

 

Take a Benadryl, and call 911 If your rash is:

 

  • Spreading quickly
  • Accompanied with
  • shortness of breath
  • Swelling in the throat
  • Swelling of the tongue

 

As this may be a sign of a very serious allergic reaction!

 

If your rash is present after a week seek medical assistance. We will begin by asking you a series of questions to determine the cause of your rash and with your help determine the best course of treatment.

 

Most often rashes can be treated with either over the counter hydro-cortisone cream or a prescription cream that is applied to the affected area a few times a day. There are many reasons that a person can have a rash, with a trained eye and proper care they are usually easily managed.

 

 

 

 

 

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