Dealing With a Rash? We Can Help!
Find out what could be causing your rash and when you should seek treatment.
Most of us will deal with rashes at some point during our lifetime, whether it’s from coming in contact with poison ivy or because of an allergy. Many times a rash is self-limiting and will go away on its own; however, it’s also important to understand when it’s a good idea to turn to our Boise, ID, dermatologist, Dr. Jennifer DeBlieck, to deal with your rash. Read on to learn more!
Here are the most common types of rash,
- Hives: caused by an allergic reaction, hives lead to raised, itchy spots on the skin
- Shingles: a painful blistering rash appears as a result of herpes zoster (the same virus responsible for chickenpox)
- Athlete’s foot: if you are dealing with a scaly, itchy and uncomfortable rash on your foot, you may be dealing with a fungal infection known as athlete’s foot
- Ringworm: a raised round rash most often found on the arms or the legs that is caused by a fungal infection (it’s also highly contagious)
- Psoriasis: scaly, thick plaques caused by an autoimmune disorder
- Pityriasis rosea: the most common type of rash, which causes small round spots on the chest, back or stomach (they may itch as well)
- Scabies: a contagious and very itchy rash that often gets worse at night, this rash is caused by a parasite but can often be misdiagnosed as pityriasis rosea or dermatitis
When to See a Dermatologist
While a rash may not look so attractive, most of the time it is a rather benign symptom that will go away by itself. You may even find that over-the-counter remedies will do the trick; however, if your symptoms are severe or widespread then it might be time to turn to our Boise, ID, skin doctor to find out what’s going on and how to best treat it. After all, sometimes there are no explanations for why rashes form. A rash may be the result of an allergic reaction, stress, or even infectious disease.
It’s time to visit us if,
- The rash is spreading or getting worse
- It isn’t responding to over-the-counter treatments
- The rash has remained the same for more than 48 hours
- The rash is painful, blistering or showing signs of an infection
If you are dealing with a new or worsening rash that has you concerned then call DeBlieck Dermatology in Boise, ID, today to schedule an appointment with us. Our number is (208) 939-5030.