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Our team of professionals and staff believe that informed patients are better equipped to make decisions regarding their health and well-being. For your personal use, we have created an extensive patient library covering an array of educational topics, which can be found on the side of each page. Browse through these diagnoses and treatments to learn more about topics of interest to you.

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...A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin...

Rashes
...A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin...

What Is Causing My Rash?
... 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...

Treating Your Rash
...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...

Herpes simplex
...If signs (what you see) or symptoms (what you feel) occur, a person may experience: Tingling, itching, or burning: Before the blisters appear, the skin may tingle, itch, or burn for a day or so...

Impetigo
  Impetigo: Blisters and crusts on a child’s face are common signs of impetigo...

Ringworm
...   ​   Feet with ringworm infection (athlete’s foot) Itching, burning, and stinging on your soles and between your toes Dry, scaly skin that usually begins between the toes and can spread to the bottom of the feet, sides, or both Peeling skin​ Blisters, painful cracking skin, bleeding, and thick patches of red and scaly skin Skin between the toes turns white, becoming soft and mushy Foul odor Rash on one or both hands because touching the infected foot can spread the infection to your hands   ​ Hand with ringworm infection Widespread, dry skin on the palm Deep cracks on the palms Infection may spread to the fingernails (see nails below) Can be mistaken for extremely dry skin or dry, thick skin due to working with hands Ring-shaped patches on the back of the hand May get athlete’s foot from touching your feet       Nails with ringworm infection Can infect 1 or several nails Begins with thickening of the tissue under the nail (nail bed) Nails discolor and thicken Thickened nails may start to lift away from the nail bed Crumbling nails Disappearing nails (In time, you see less of the nails...

Shingles
... Blisters: The rash soon turns into groups of clear blisters...

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...One woman had blisters, swelling, and bruises on her face...

Bedbugs
... Blisters, especially large blisters...

Poison ivy, oak, and sumac
... An outbreak of small or large blisters, often forming streaks or lines...

Lichen planus
... Blisters...

Actinic keratosis
...The treated skin often blisters and peels off within a few days to a few weeks...

Diabetes warning signs
...   Blister: Large blisters like this one can form on the skin of people who have diabetes...

Contact dermatitis
... When signs and symptoms appear, you may have: Itchy skin (often intense)   Rash (skin red, swollen, and hot) Excessively dry skin Burning  Stinging Hives (round welts on the skin that itch intensely) Fluid-filled blisters Oozing blisters that leave crusts and scales   If exposure to the allergen continues, your skin may: Flake and crack Become scaly Darken, thicken, and feel leathery   Irritant contact dermatitis Many substances can irritate our skin...

Dyshidrotic eczema
  Dyshidrotic eczema on a patient's palm: The tiny, deep-seated blisters are often very itchy...

Nummular dermatitis
... Become crusty after the blisters leak fluid and, after a long time, become scaly...

Preventing skin conditions in athletes
... Prevent blisters to reduce infections...

How to Treat Diaper Rash
...Signs of a skin infection may include a fever, blisters, pus that drains from the rash, and a rash that does not go away after treatment or worsens...

How to Treat Shingles
...  A rash that begins as red spots and quickly turns into groups of clear, painful blisters: These may turn yellow or bloody before they scab over and heal...

How to Treat Cold Sores
If you have a cold sore – small blisters on the lip or around the mouth – you’re not alone...

Tips for treating poison ivy
...However, if you have difficulty breathing or swallowing, you experience swelling, or you have many rashes or blisters, go to the emergency room right away...

How to treat sunburn
... If your skin blisters, allow the blisters to heal...