When to Contact Us About a Rash

June 12, 2020

You don’t have to contact your doctor every time you notice a mild rash. A rash can occur anytime that the skin is irritated, not just during an allergic reaction or as a result of a skin condition. It is important to know when to see a doctor and when you can stay at home.

Some rashes are a result of coming into contact with a skin irritant, such as harsh cleaners or bleach. These rashes usually go away on their own within a day or two. They are also usually more patchy and not as thick or scaly as other rashes.

On the other hand, if your rash doesn’t start improving in a short amount of time, you should contact us for an appointment. You could be having an allergic reaction to a new household product, or you may have come into contact with another allergen while outside your home. Without allergy testing and treatment, the rash will not improve.

If your rash can’t be explained by a new product, the doctor may need to test for certain skin conditions and seek out treatments for eczema, psoriasis, or other skin disorders. There are a lot of available treatments for skin conditions and rashes. And if you come see us, we can definitely help you.

Rashes are often painful or unbearably itchy. Even if you think you know why you have the rash, such as having gotten into poison ivy, you should see a doctor if the rash doesn’t improve, becomes extremely painful, or is so itchy that you cannot bear it. The doctor may be able to provide you with a more effective treatment.

As a general rule, you should always see a doctor when you develop a new rash. If you have a known allergy and come into contact with it, you should still see your doctor if the rash does not improve. If you have a rash that you need diagnosed, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

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