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Why you should see a dermatologist about rashes

Rashes are a common occurrence for many patients. They may develop due to an allergic response to a new skincare product, or show up when dealing with certain conditions such as fifth disease. Others may find themselves itching after getting a mosquito bite or coming in contact with poison ivy. Rashes are the body’s response to an allergen and can also occur with viruses and bacterial infections. When a rash shows up, it is always a good idea to get an evaluation performed by a professional. At Plantation Dermatology, we strongly encourage patients to take time to learn about their skin conditions and get a definitive diagnosis of their issue.

Why should I see a dermatologist about a rash?

Rashes are best described as any change that occurs to the skin that is out of the norm. For example, the development of small bumps, blisters, itching, and redness. By having a professional evaluate a rash, patients can determine the cause and find a solution if they are experiencing discomfort. While some rashes might not require the help of a dermatologist, such as an itching bug bite, others may require medical attention. Patients experiencing any of the following will also want to make contact with a medical professional to seek treatment:

  • A rash that develops along with a fever
  • A rash that covers the entire body
  • A rash that occurs suddenly and spreads quickly
  • A rash that is incredibly painful or itchy
  • A rash that shows signs of infection, such as crusting, swelling, and green or yellow fluid/pus
  • A rash that begins to blister, especially if it occurs around the mouth and eyes
  • A rash that does not go away on its own after several days of home treatment

A dermatologist will evaluate the skin, provide a definitive diagnosis of the problem, and suggest treatment recommendations. Treatment may include topical creams to manage itching, such as hydrocortisone creams, or special oral antibiotics to treat an underlying issue.

Call Plantation Dermatology

Our full-service dermatological practice is here to help patients address a wide range of conditions that impact the skin, hair, nails, and body. If you are interested in learning more about rashes and other concerns that may develop, connect with our team of professionals today to experienced team of professionals and initial evaluation.

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