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If you’re experiencing any changes in the color or texture of your skin, then you may have developed a rash. Rashes may subside on their own with at-home treatment, but if your rash isn’t improving, is getting worse, or keeps recurring, then it’s time to contact the skin care clinicians at Dana Point Dermatology, Jessica Goerig, MS, PA-C, and board-certified dermatologist Ryan Goerig, MD. For an appointment, call the Dana Point, California, office or click the online booking button today.
Rashes refer to changes in the color, texture, or feel of your skin. Rashes can be red, bumpy, scaly, and itchy.
While the changes to your skin may not be life-threatening, they can cause bothersome symptoms that can affect your quality of life.
Rashes develop from a range of causes and can be an acute condition or the sign of a chronic health problem. Common causes include:
Dermatitis is a simple rash that causes inflammation of your skin. These rashes usually develop due to contact with a substance that irritates your skin, such as a certain type of soap or poison ivy.
Seborrheic dermatitis is a harmless rash that causes scaly patches of skin on various areas of your face or the trunk of your body. Dandruff is a type of seborrheic dermatitis that affects your scalp.
Eczema causes a red, itchy, scaly rash. This type of rash is commonly seen in people with asthma and allergies.
Psoriasis is a skin condition that causes your skin cells to grow at a rapid pace, creating thick, scaly patches of skin.
You can also develop a rash from an insect bite or medication. Certain health conditions, such as chickenpox and measles, also cause rashes.
You may be able to treat your rash with an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream. However, if your rash isn’t improving or you have other symptoms, such as a fever or joint pain, then you should contact the team at Dana Point Dermatology to schedule an evaluation.
You should also contact the team if your rash is an ongoing problem that’s affecting your quality of life.
The team can evaluate your rash and may conduct a biopsy of the tissue to determine the cause, which can help direct your treatment.
Treatment for rashes depends on the underlying cause. The skin care experts at Dana Point Dermatology develop personalized treatment plans based on the cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your overall health. Treatment may include topical or oral medication, as well as a skin regimen aimed at easing your symptoms.
For an evaluation of your rash from a skilled team of skin experts, call Dana Point Dermatology or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment.