A rash is a common condition that results in red, inflamed, or discolored patches of skin. Rashes may be raised or flat, may cause itching/burning sensations, or may be localized or widespread. Given that most of us will deal with a rash at some point during our lifetimes, it’s important to know when you can treat a rash yourself and when you should turn to your dermatologists in Gillette, Laramie, and Casper, WY, Dr. Scott Bennion and Dr. Matthew Green.
There are many different kinds of rashes and causes of rashes, so let’s simplify it a bit by categorizing rashes into two types: infectious and noninfectious.
Common causes of non-infectious rashes include,
- Contact dermatitis
- Allergic dermatitis
- Drug reaction
- Dry skin
- Pregnancy-related rashes
- Detergents or certain irritants
- Food allergies
Common causes of infectious rashes include,
- Athlete’s foot
- Lyme disease
- Bacterial infections
- Viral infections
How can I tell what is causing my rash?
Since there are so many reasons why someone may develop a rash, it’s often difficult to figure out the cause on your own. Fortunately, your skin doctors in Gillette, Laramie, and Casper, WY, are able to diagnose the cause of your rash by looking at the symptoms, duration, and appearance of the rash, as well as with a look at your medical history.
What are the symptoms of a rash?
A rash can take on many different forms. For instance, the rash may be flat or raised, there may be plaques, blisters, or pus-filled bumps. The rash may also cause itching, burning, redness, and pain.
When should I see a doctor about my rash?
Most rashes will go away on their own; however, it’s important to call your doctor if the rash,
- Gets worse
- Is painful
- Last more than a couple of days
- Continues to spread
- Doesn’t respond to at-home care (e.g. antihistamines)
- Turns into open sores
- Affects your daily routine and activities
- Becomes infected (e.g. pus; severe swelling)
- Is accompanied by a fever
If you have trouble breathing, if your throat feels tight, or if your tongue swells, you could be dealing with a serious allergic reaction. Call 911 or head to your nearest emergency room immediately.
Concerned? Give us a call
If you are dealing with a rash and you don’t know what is causing it, then it’s a good time to turn to the skin experts here at Central Wyoming Skin Clinic in Gillette, Laramie, and Casper, WY, to find out what’s going on and how to properly treat the issue. Call us today at (307) 234-0003.