“Rash” is a general term describing an area of skin that is different from normal skin. It may often look red, irritated, and possibly bumpy. Rashes can be widespread or localized, and relatively harmless or an indication of a serious underlying health issue. Whether your rash is merely an appearance concern or quite uncomfortable, it is good advice to seek professional treatment at Associates in Dermatology. We have offices in Westlake, OH, Lorain, and Middleburg Heights for your convenience.
Types of skin rashes
There are countless varieties of rashes. However, the most common ones fall into these general categories:
- Eczema or dermatitis – This often-chronic condition typically presents as red, itchy patches or fluid-filled blisters. Reaction to plants such as poison ivy, sumac, or oak is also in this category.
- Fungal infections – Athlete’s foot, jock itch, ringworm, and yeast infections are examples of irritation triggered by spore-producing organisms that populate quickly.
- Viral infections – Chickenpox, shingles (herpes zoster), and oral and genital herpes are caused by viruses.
- Autoimmune rashes – Psoriasis, a build-up of excess skin cells, create silvery plaques on top of itchy, reddened skin. Lichen planus is a skin rash with scaly plaques, and it also affects mucous membranes. Rosacea is a chronic red rash on the face.
- Immune rashes – Psoriasis, a build-up of excess skin cells, create silvery plaques on top of itchy, reddened skin. Lichen planus is a skin rash with scaly plaques, and it also affects mucous membranes. Rosacea is a chronic red rash on the face.
- Drug rash – Hives or skin rashes that itch can be a side effect of or allergic reaction to a medication.
What causes rashes?
Causes are unique to each type of rash. Some are the result of a faulty immune system, while others flourish when the skin is not kept dry and cool. Contact with allergens or irritants is a factor, as is disease and medication. A dermatologist is best qualified to make an accurate diagnosis, aid in determining the cause of your rash and design an effective treatment plan.
Different treatment for different rashes in Westlake, OH
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Rest assured that you will receive personalized attention for your rash at Associates in Dermatology. Call (440) 482-8323 for an appointment.