Do You Have a Rash?

Want to know more about rashes from your Wellesley, MA, dermatologist?

A rash is a general term referring to changes affecting the skin. There are many types of rashes divided into infectious or noninfectious rashes, and changes usually appear as a red patch, small bumps, or blisters. Dermatologists of Newton Wellesley Dermatology Association can help diagnose and treat rashes.

More About Rashes

Rashes may be indicative of serious illness, like liver disease or some types of cancers. You need to call your doctor if a rash doesn't go away on its own or through conventional methods like over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines, and moisturizing lotions.

What types of rashes are there?

Here are a few types of rashes:

  • Flea Bites: These itchy, red bumps are located in clusters on the lower legs and feet.
  • Fifth Disease: This is a lacy-patterned rash on arms, legs, and the upper body. Other symptoms include a headache, runny nose, diarrhea, fatigue, low fever, sore throat, and nausea.
  • Rosacea: This chronic skin disease may be triggered by spicy foods, alcoholic beverages, sunlight, stress, and intestinal bacteria. Some symptoms include facial flushing, red and raised bumps, dry and sensitive skin.
  • Impetigo: This irritating rash has easily popped fluid-filled blisters around the mouth, chin, and nose.
  • Allergic eczema: They resemble burns on your hands and forearms. This rash is itchy, red, scaly, or raw, and has blisters that ooze or become crusty.
  • Ringworm: The itchy circular-shaped scaly rashes have raised edges and skin in the center of the ring appears healthy.
  • Contact dermatitis: The itchy, red, and scaly rash appears hours or days after your skin has come in contact with an allergen. If you start to notice oozing and crusty blisters, contact your Wellesley dermatologist.

Do you need to consult a doctor?

For more information about ashes, call Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, P.C. in Wellesley, MA, at (781) 237-3500!