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Rash is not a specific diagnosis. It is instead a general term that means an outbreak of skin inflammation and discoloration that change the way the skin looks and feels.
Some common, rashes are listed below. Rashes lasting more than a few days that are unexplained should be evaluated by a doctor. If you have a new rash and you have a fever or some other generalized illness associated with it, it would be best to see your doctor.
- Atopic dermatitis (eczema)
- Drug rash
- Seborrheic dermatitis
- Viral rash
- Hives (urticaria)
Rashes symptoms are skin itchiness and redness. They may look dry, scaly, and can become thicker if scratched. Small fluid-filled blisters may also appear if scratched. It can also appear in areas of broken skin.
A rash evaluation will be performed by our medical experts to help determine the cause of your rash. This will help the doctor prescribe the correct medication and prevent the rashes from reoccurring.
Your doctor may conduct a patch test, blood test, or biopsy to diagnose your rashes.
A patch test involves placing small patches that look like adhesive bandages on your skin. These patches contain small amounts of specific allergens that should be worn for 48 to 96 hours. Once you return to the clinic, the patches will be removed, and the skin will be assessed to check for allergic reactions.
In a blood test, a blood sample will be taken from a vein and collected into a test tube or vial. Your blood will undergo tests in the lab to determine what causes your allergic reactions.
Another option your doctor can perform is a skin biopsy. A small piece of skin will be removed and taken to the lab for the same purpose of testing and determining possible allergens that cause your rashes.
After rash evaluation, the doctor will be able to discuss the causes of your allergic reaction. It will vary from person to person along with the type of medication a rash patient should receive.
Some rashes are mild and will go away with cream and ointment medications that contain steroid hydrocortisone. Moisturizers with ceramides, glycerin, and mineral oils can also be recommended if it is the best option for your skin.
Other treatments will include cortisone pills, shots, antibiotics, or antihistamines. It is best for rash patients to consult a doctor to develop an individualized prevention and treatment plan.
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For more information on rashes in Newport Beach patients, contact The Ocean Clinic and schedule a consultation. Our medical experts will be available to treat your rashes for a healthier skin.