Posts for tag: Rashes
There are many reasons that you might be dealing with a skin rash; however, if you suspect that it might be ringworm you may be surprised to discover that there are other conditions that can often masquerade as ringworm but aren’t. This is why it’s important to have any rashes or skin problems thoroughly evaluated by a qualified dermatologist. After all, you want to make sure that you are getting the proper treatment you need depending on the type of condition you’re dealing with.
What does ringworm look like?
If you have ringworm, common symptoms include:
- A circular or ring-like rash that may be raised along the edges
- A rash that may be scaly, itchy, red, or burning
- Hair loss in the area where the rash has appeared
The rash may develop several red, raised rings at once, some of which may overlap. While ringworm can develop just about anywhere on the body it’s most commonly found on the arms, legs, and trunk.
If it’s not ringworm, then what else could it be?
There are a variety of ringworm imposters that could be causing you or your child’s rash. The two most common conditions are nummular eczema and granuloma annulare.
Nummular eczema causes circular patches of dry skin that can burn or become dry and scaly. This type of skin condition is often triggered by bug bites, certain medications, or a metal allergy. Granuloma annulare causes red or flesh-colored bumps to appear on the skin, but because they often appear ring-like this condition can be mistaken for ringworm. Everything from medications and viral infections to skin trauma and thyroid disorders can trigger granuloma annulare.
Other less common symptoms that may look like ringworm include,
- Contact dermatitis
- Pityriasis rosea
- Tinea versicolor (more common in children)
- Erythema migrans (common in those with Lyme disease)
Sometimes a skin biopsy of the lesion or rash is required for a dermatologist to be able to diagnose whether it is ringworm or not. If you are experiencing symptoms of ringworm or are concerned about a new or worsening rash, then call your dermatologist today to schedule an appointment.
Here’s the 411 on skin rashes and when you should seek medical attention.
Everything from brushing up against poison ivy while walking outside to being stressed out can lead to an unpleasant rash. While most rashes aren’t serious and will go away on their own it’s also important to recognize the cause of your rash so you know when you should see a dermatologist at Skin Center in Fort Lauderdale, FL. After all, some rashes may require medication in order to go away.
This red, often insanely itchy rash usually appears as a response to stress, infection or an allergy. Hives look like large red, raised welts that may turn whiten when you press on them. While hives will typically go away on their own, you may try to manage symptoms with an over-the-counter antihistamine. If the itching, inflammation or rash is severe then it’s a good idea to see your skin doctor right away.
Sometimes referred to as the “Christmas Tree rash” this small, scaly little rash is made up of a bunch of little red spots. It most often develops on the chest, stomach and back, and the rash may be itchy. This rash can also take days or weeks to fully develop, starting as a single red spot and then developing into many smaller spots. There is really no treatment needed for this rash and it will usually go away on its own; however, your Fort Lauderdale, FL, dermatologist may recommend an antihistamine to take away the itching.
If you develop flare-ups of red, scaly plaques then you could have an autoimmune disorder known as psoriasis. There are many things that can cause psoriasis flare-ups including stress, injury to the skin and certain chemicals. This rash most often forms on the elbow and knees, as well as the scalp. While this condition is chronic our dermatologist can help you manage symptoms through topical and systemic medications, light therapy and other options to reduce the severity and recurrence of flare-ups.
While these are some of the most common types of skin rashes these aren’t the only kind. We can also treat rashes caused by,
- Herpes simplex
- Athlete’s foot
It’s time to see a dermatologist if your rash,
- Is painful
- Is getting worse
- Isn’t responding to home care
- Is showing signs of infection
- Is painful
- Has developed blisters
- Is impacting your quality of life
If your rash appears right after eating or is accompanied by trouble breathing it’s important that you seek immediate medical attention, as this could be a sign of a serious allergic reaction.
Are you concerned about a nasty or painful rash? Any changes in your skin that have you concerned warrant seeing a dermatologist here in Fort Lauderdale. The team at Skin Center is here to help. Call us today at (954) 500 - 7546 to schedule an appointment.
Wondering what’s causing those itchy red spots and whether you should see a dermatologist about your rash? Most rashes are harmless and usually go away on their own; however, some rashes may require further treatment. Here are some of the different kinds of rashes and how they are treated,
Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema causes a red itchy and weepy rash to develop. While eczema can develop just about anywhere on the body it is more common on the elbows, face, neck, and ankles. It’s important to recognize triggers (e.g. dry skin; pet dander; household cleaners) to reduce flare-ups.
Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines can be used to manage flare-ups; however, you may want to turn to a dermatologist for steroid creams, light therapy, and other treatment options to better manage your eczema.
Has your child developed an intensely itchy rash all over their body and face? If they haven’t been vaccinated against chickenpox than this viral infection may be to blame for these insanely itchy spots. Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection that appears most often in school-age children. The rash may itch and ooze for a couple of days before crusting over.
It usually takes about a week for a chickenpox rash to go away. If you suspect that your child might have chickenpox it’s important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. While the infection will just need to run its course there are ways to ease symptoms at home through special ointments, creams, and soothing oatmeal baths.
Hives or urticaria causes red itchy welts to appear. These flat bumps can be extremely itchy and may continue to disappear and appear over the course of several hours. Most cases of hives usually go away within 12 hours. Stress, drugs, food allergies, insect stings, and bites, and certain infections can also trigger hives.
While most acute cases of hives will go away, if you are dealing with symptoms that last more than six weeks or are accompanied by trouble breathing, facial swelling or other signs of a serious allergic reaction it’s important that you see a doctor immediately.
This is another common and harmless rash that appears during those hot, humid days. A heat rash will usually appear suddenly and is characterized as a cluster of red, pimple-like bumps. They can appear anywhere on the face or body but are most often found on the arms, chest, or groin. Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine may help manage the itching. It’s also important to find a cooler environment and to wear lightweight clothes with breathable fabrics.
Notice a red, burning scaly rash between your toes? If so, this could be a fungal infection known as athlete’s foot. There are over-the-counter antifungal creams that can be applied directly to the infection to kill the fungus. If over-the-counter antifungal medications aren’t providing you with relief or if you’re unsure whether you have athlete’s foot it’s important that you see a dermatologist.
If you are dealing with a painful, widespread, or persistent rash it may be time to see your dermatologist to find out what’s going on. If in doubt, give your doctor a call. Based on your symptoms we can determine whether or not you should come into the office.