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Skin rashes can be alarming, confusing, and extremely annoying. At North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL, your skin doctor, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach, often sees and treats rashes. She will help you sort through your symptoms and get you much-needed relief.
Rashes and other symptoms
Frequently, skin rashes and other symptoms go hand in hand. You may notice reddened skin bumps, raised hives, scaling, oozing, discoloration, itching, and other problems. Their onset may be gradual or sudden, and they may resolve quickly or recur periodically for weeks.
Rashes and what to do about them
The American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology recommends a dermatological examination for rashes which come on suddenly and/or are accompanied by fever, oozing, bleeding, pus or other signs of infection. In her Chicago office, Dr. Fahrenbach will compose a treatment plan based on your rash and other symptoms, your past medical history and whatever is precipitating your rash.
Some rashes are simple allergic reactions to substances in the environment. For instance, contact dermatitis, with its red, raised bumps, often starts with contact with a new laundry soap, family pet or fabric. Other rashes occur due to food ingestion, insect stings, medications, metal, latex, or plants.
Still more rashes originate in auto-immune issues--that is, the body simply breaks out in scales and flakes or other skin eruptions. Psoriasis is a prime example of a rash which remains chronic in nature--that is, coming and going, escalating and subsiding, and never truly resolving.
Finally, rashes occur with acute infection. Athlete's foot, a fungal-based condition of the skin on the feet, causes redness, blistering, and intense itching. Yeast infections thrive in moist, dark places on the skin, such as under the breasts.
Common rash treatments
Some are topical treatments, and others are systemic. For instance, if your rash arises from an infection such as scarlet fever or shingles, Dr. Fahrenbach likely will choose a systemic medication. Rashes coming from allergies may need antihistamines or topical corticosteroids. Eczema may respond well to ultralight therapy or moisturizing creams. Your dermatologist's expertise will guide you on a path to overall wellness and skin which is rash-free, better looking, and has fewer scarring issues.
Love your skin
At North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach and her team treat a wide variety aesthetic and medical dermatology services. Don't hesitate to call the office for a consultation on your rash. We are open Monday through Friday. Phone (773) 763-6000.
Are You Seeking Treatment for Your Psoriasis from Your Chicago, Il, Dermatologist?
Psoriasis is a chronic condition where red patches of skin with white, flaky scales appear on your skin. They are most commonly found on elbows and knees but appear pretty much everywhere on your body. Psoriasis impacts about 7.5 million people in the United States, and although approximately 20,000 children under age 10 are diagnosed, the first episode usually occurs when a person is between ages 15 and 35. If you are experiencing any issues with Psoriasis, please call North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL.
General Psoriasis Info:
Being a genetic disease, Psoriasis isn't contagious, but, unfortunately, there's no cure. The only treatments available are meant to control symptoms and increase the healing process.
The triggers also vary from one person to another and include:
- Injury to skin
- Allergy medicine
Types of Psoriasis
- Plaque Psoriasis (Psoriasis Vulgaris): Usually found on knees, elbows, lower back, and scalp, this type appears as red lesions with whitish scales.
- Pustular Psoriasis: Usually a result of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation, infections, stress, or withdrawal from certain medications, this type of psoriasis looks like white pus-filled blisters surrounded by red skin.
- Guttate Psoriasis: Usually manifests in children and young adults as small red dots.
- Inverse Psoriasis: This bright red lesion is smooth and shiny, and usually found in armpits, under breasts, groin, and the skin folds around buttocks and genitals.
Treatment Options in Chicago:
- Over-the-Counter Medications: Scale lifters, bath solutions, Dead Sea salts, and anti-itch moisturizers
- Prescription Topical Treatments: Prescription topicals that slow down the growth of skin cells and reduce inflammation.
- Light Therapy/Phototherapy: Controlled exposure to ultraviolet light, such as Sunshine, Excimer lasers and Pulse dye lasers
If you have any questions or concerns about Psoriasis, don't hesitate to contact North Branch Dermatology's Chicago office at (773) 763-6000.
Though a rash is often nothing to worry about and clears up on its own, it can still be cause for concern. Understanding the kinds of rashes you may have and what may have caused them can help you determine if it is time for you to see your dermatologist for help with your skin condition. Find out more about rashes and what they may mean with Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL.
Do I have a rash?
Rashes are often obvious in their appearance. However, they also have some subtle symptoms you may not see at first. Some common signs of a rash include:
- blister formation
- dry, scaly skin
- crusted skin
- slightly raised areas
- raised, red bumps
If your rash is accompanied by a fever or the rash has become infected, you should seek immediate medical attention.
What may have caused my rash?
Rashes come from various sources. One of the most common types of rashes, called atopic dermatitis, comes from touching something that contains an allergen that reacts poorly with your skin, causing a rash. Rashes may also come from allergic reactions, an underlying condition, friction from the heat, or other causes. Your doctor is your best source of information on the cause of your rash and the best treatment moving forward.
When should I see my dermatologist about a rash?
If your rash does not go away within a few days, becomes very uncomfortable, or begins affecting your daily life, you should consult with your doctor. The diagnostic process begins with a physical examination and, if necessary, various testing to determine the underlying cause of the rash if it is not immediately obvious.
Rash Treatments in Chicago, IL
Treating a rash often begins with an over-the-counter ointment or cream. If that fails to do the trick, prescription-strength medications or ointments may become necessary. Your doctor can work with you to find the best treatment for your rash.
For more information on rashes or their treatments, please contact Dr. Elizabeth Fahrenbach at North Branch Dermatology in Chicago, IL. Call (773) 763-6000 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Fahrenbach today!