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Posts for: November, 2017

By Central Wyoming Skin Clinic
November 16, 2017
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rashes  

Skin rashes are often itchy and uncomfortable, but if you know what causes them and how they can be treated, you can experience rashsignificant relief. At Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY our dermatology professionals are committed to helping their patients determine the source of their rash and treat it effectively. Below, you'll learn some common causes of rashes and how they can be treated.

Allergic reactions

Allergies are an overreaction of the body's immune system, and a rash is a common way that the skin responds in these situations. Most people have a skin reaction to poison ivy or other noxious plants, although some may be more severe than others if they are particularly sensitive. Allergies to certain metals or fabrics, such as nickel and wool, may produce a rash when the allergen comes into contact with the skin. Medication, animal dander, and food allergies can also produce a rash. Once you and your Casper dermatologist determine your allergic triggers, avoiding them is often enough to keep the rash at bay. Topical creams can also help lessen the intensity of itching.

Medical conditions

Psoriasis, a condition in which the skin's cells reproduce too quickly, causes a unique, flaky rash to develop on the elbows, scalp and knees. Steroid, light and vitamin therapy can be very helpful in treating psoriasis. Infections such as impetigo or ringworm can also cause intensely itchy rashes to crop up. Your Casper dermatologist can prescribe topical and oral medications help to clear up rashes that have an infectious cause.

Your skin and your health are unique. At Central Wyoming Skin Clinic, we pride ourselves on giving each patient personalized treatment based on their particular needs. If you've been experiencing ongoing rashes and aren't sure why, contact our office in in Casper, Laramie, and Gillette, WY and ask to schedule an appointment with one of our providers today!