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Noticing a rash on your skin, though often an alarming experience, is not always cause for concern. However, a rash can be the sign of an underlying condition or allergy. Learning the signs of a reaction and when a rash could require the help of your dermatologist is important to finding and treating issues early. Find out more about spotting the cause of your rash with Dr. Michael Goldaber, Dr. Elaine Kaye, and Dr. David Aghassi at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA.
What causes rashes?
A rash comes from various causes and is simply an inflammation of the skin, not a diagnosis itself. Rashes can be mild or severe and occur anywhere on the body. Some of the most common causes for rashes include:
- Eczema: Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, often occurs in children and produces a red, irritated, and often weeping rash. Eczema often appears on the elbows, knees, cheeks, neck, and wrists.
- Hives: Hives are the product of an allergic reaction and appear as red welts on the skin.
- Poison Ivy: Poison ivy is a plant that causes a red, itchy rash with skin it comes into contact with.
- Contact Dermatitis: This type of rash comes from coming into contact with an allergen that produces a reaction.
- Heat Rash: Heat rash comes from the sweat glands becoming obstructed, especially in hot and/or humid weather. It appears as red dots on the skin.
When should I see my dermatologist about my rash?
If you experience a rash, more of then than not, it will resolve itself within a few days and go away without medical intervention. However, if you have a rash which spans your entire body or is accompanied by a fever, or the rash appears suddenly and spreads rapidly, you should see your doctor as soon as possible. You should also see your doctor if the rash becomes painful, begins to blister, or becomes infected. In severe situations, seek immediate medical attention at an emergency facility.
Rash Treatments in Wellesley Hills, MA
For more information on rashes and their treatments, please contact Dr. Michael Goldaber, Dr. Elaine Kaye, and Dr. David Aghassi at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA. Call (781) 237-3500 to schedule your appointment with your Wellesley Hills dermatologist today!
Find out the best ways to handle a rash.
You just discovered a rash on your body. Now what? Our Wellesley Hills, MA, dermatologists offer up some common causes of rashes, how they are treated and when it’s time to seek medical attention.
What is causing my rash?
This is something that is nearly impossible to determine online no matter how much you try to self-diagnose. While most rashes will go away on their own, it’s important to know what could be causing this skin problem and when medical care is necessary. Common causes of rashes include:
- Dermatitis (allergic or irritant)
- Lichen planus
- Fungal infections (e.g. candida; ringworm)
- Bacterial infections (e.g. strep throat; folliculitis)
- Parasites (e.g. scabies)
- Viral infections (e.g. shingles; Epstein-Barr virus)
- Poison ivy or oak
- Drug allergies
- Insect stings or bites
- Heat rash
- Autoimmune disorders (e.g. lupus)
- Food allergies
When should I call my dermatologist?
Even though rashes can often be managed through easy over-the-counter remedies to help soothe itching or burning associated with your rash, there are still times when you will want to turn to our Wellesley Hills, MA, skin doctor instead of relying on at-home treatments. Call us if you are experiencing these issues:
- A rash that continues to get worse or doesn’t get better after a few days
- A rash that is also accompanied by joint paint, fever, chills, body aches, sore throat or headache
- A rash that continues to spread or takes over a widespread area of the body
- A rash that is painful or contains blisters
- A rash that contains pus
- A rash that appears right after eating or after being bitten or stung by a bug
- A rash that affects your daily activities
- A rash that causes the skin to turn dark
If you are dealing with a worsening or painful rash, it’s always a good idea to turn to our doctors for care as soon as possible. Here at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates in Wellesley Hills, MA, we offer a comprehensive list of skincare services to meet your needs. Whether you need to treat your rash or talk to us about acne treatments, we can help!
Learn the possible causes for your rash from your Wellesley dermatologist.
Rashes tend to sneak up on you. All of a sudden, you get an irresistible urge to scratch and notice ugly red bumps or patches spreading across your skin. Although there's no denying that you have a rash, the cause isn't always clear. Dr. Michael Goldaber, Dr. Elaine Kay, Dr. David Ahgassi and Dr. Vaneeta Sheth, your Wellesley, MA dermatologists at Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates, share information about common rash causes.
Chemicals in the products you use, including detergents, clothing, soaps and other products can produce a rash. Called contact dermatitis, this common rash occurs when an irritant or an allergen touches your skin. The reaction can also occur if you are sensitive to the ingredients in nail polish, are allergic to latex or are sensitive to metal alloys used to make costume jewelry. If you develop contact dermatitis, you'll develop a burning, itchy rash that may blister.
Poison Ivy, Oak and Sumac
When red, itchy blisters form on your skin after a walk in the woods or a day outdoors, suspect poison ivy, oak or sumac. This form of contact dermatitis occurs when you come in contact with the oil from these plants. If you develop a rash, wash your clothing and clean shoes and tools immediately. Plant oils can linger on these items and cause another reaction the next time you use them if you don't clean them. If you experience severe itching, or if the rash occurs on your genitals, face or lips, call your dermatologist.
Atopic dermatitis, also called eczema, causes dry, red, itchy skin and fluid-filled bumps. It's more common in people who have allergies or asthma. Changes in the weather and stress can worsen atopic dermatitis.
These blotchy red bumps appear on your skin if you're allergic to certain foods, medications, pollen, dander or other substances, or have a viral or bacterial infection, such as a urinary tract infection. Hives can also develop in response to stress or cold or hot weather. Although they're usually harmless and often go away in less than 24 hours, they can be life-threatening if they develop in your throat.
Not sure what's causing your rash? Your dermatologist can diagnose your problem and offer a treatment that will clear your rash and relieve itching and other unpleasant symptoms. Call Newton Wellesley Dermatology Associates at (781) 237-3500 to schedule an appointment with your Wellesley, MA dermatologists.