Skin Irritation & Rashes Treatment in Fargo
Rashes are changes in the skin that can impact the skin’s appearance, texture, and color.
A rash may cause the following symptoms:
- Dry skin
- Crusty skin
- Swollen skin
- Itchy skin
- Skin redness
- Scaly patches
- Itchy, red, fluid-filled blisters
Dermatitis is a common skin rash that causes itchy skin, irritation, and inflammation, and symptoms range from mild to severe. A medical provider from Altaire Clinic will determine what type of dermatitis you have and help you pinpoint what may be causing your symptoms. In some cases, switching to a gentle cleanser, fragrance-free detergent, taking oral antihistamines, and topical therapy can provide relief from dermatitis symptoms.
Rashes from eczema can be very itchy and uncomfortable. Using certain products can make eczema worse. A new diagnosis of eczema can be scary and overwhelming for some patients since there is no cure for this chronic skin condition. Because of this, you must learn how to manage your symptoms and seek medical treatment for appropriate care. A medical provider at Altaire Clinic can create a treatment plan that can help alleviate symptoms and will go over what you can do to prevent severe eczema flare-ups in the future and what eczema triggers to avoid.
Psoriasis is a common skin disorder that can cause flaky, scaly, inflamed, itchy patches of skin that can vary in color. Psoriasis also requires ongoing treatment. By receiving regular medical care, you can reduce the severity of your psoriasis symptoms.
Causes of Rashes and Skin Irritations
The cause of a rash can vary greatly. The symptoms of different types of rashes tend to be similar, which can make it challenging to diagnose. A rash can be caused by a virus, fungal infection, bacteria, genetics, or an allergic reaction, and in some cases, it may be indicative of a serious underlying health problem.
A medical provider at Altaire Clinic will examine the affected area and may order testing if the underlying cause of the rash is not obvious.
Many common skin conditions can cause itchy skin, scaly patches, bumps, and other similar symptoms, including:
- Insect bites
- Atopic dermatitis ( also referred to as atopic eczema)
- Fungal infections
- Poison Ivy
- Viral infection
Can Skin Irritation & Rashes Be Cured?
Whether or not a rash or skin irritation can be cured is heavily dependent on the type and cause of the rash. Rashes caused by psoriasis or eczema are manageable, but the conditions are not curable and will require ongoing treatment to control symptoms, while other types of rashes may clear up in a matter of days or weeks after seeking treatment from a medical provider. To learn more, contact Altaire Clinic today to schedule a consult.
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What To Expect At Your Visit
During the first portion of your exam, you will be asked many questions that will help your medical provider determine the cause of your rash.
Questions can include:
- When did you first notice the rash?
- Has the rash spread?
- Is the rash itchy and/or painful?
- Have you come into contact with any new chemicals at work or at home, such as a new disinfectant, soap, or laundry detergent
- Have you experienced this type of rash before?
- Do you have any other symptoms?
- Have you tried any new foods lately, moved into a new home, or made any recent lifestyle changes?
- Have you recently started a new medication?
Your medical provider may be able to diagnose the cause of your rash based on the answers to these questions. However, if there’s room for doubt, they can order a variety of diagnostic tests, including allergy testing, skin scraping, blood tests, skin swabs, a skin biopsy, a hair sample for microscopy, or other types of tests that will allow them to accurately identify the type of rash you’re experiencing.
Some types of rashes will clear up with proper medical treatment within one to three weeks, as long as the patient takes their medication as directed or isn’t re-exposed to an allergen.
Once the type of rash has been identified, your medical provider can go over treatment options. In some cases, you may need to schedule a follow-up appointment, or if you have a rash that is caused by a chronic condition, you will need to seek treatment regularly to manage the symptoms and prevent recurring episodes.
Living With Skin Irritation and Rash
Some types of rashes may go away on their own, with the use of over-the-counter medications. However, other types of rashes and skin irritations can require medical attention and often worsen without managed care.
If you have a rash that:
- Has not gotten better after 3-5 days
- Continues to get worse
- Is painful, warm, and red
- Is accompanied by joint pain
- Is accompanied with a fever
You must contact Altaire Clinic right away to schedule an appointment.
Make An Appointment
It’s important to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible if you have a rash that is getting worse, keeps recurring, or is painful and uncomfortable.
Almost everyone is affected by a rash at some point in their life. A rash can be unsightly, uncomfortable, itchy, and painful. If you have a rash that is itchy, and persistent, and you’re not sure what is causing it, contact Altaire Clinic today at (701) 809-9369, or you can fill out the online contact form.
At Altaire Clinic, we’re dedicated to providing the highest quality care to our patients in Fargo. We offer flexible, prompt appointments that will work with your busy schedule, and reduced wait times. Our medical providers are devoted to every patient and offer skilled, knowledgeable treatment and compassionate care. We look forward to meeting you and helping you on your path to wellness.
Common Questions About Rashes And Skin Irritation.
How Do You Stop A Rash?
Do not cover the rash and leave the area exposed to the air as often as possible Avoid scrubbing or irritating the area Do not apply cosmetic ointments or scented lotions directly to the affected area. Avoid applying makeup on the rash Do not use hot water to clean the area Contact a medical provider as soon as possible if the rash worsens or shows no signs of improvement after 3-5 days.
Can Antibiotics Treat Rashes
Antibiotics can effectively treat a rash only if the rash is caused by a bacterial infection. Taking antibiotics is not effective for viral, fungal, rashes or rashes caused by allergic reactions. In some cases, taking antibiotics can worsen the rash.
What Are The Symptoms of Rashes?
Rashes can appear as dry, itchy, scaly, red, gray, blisters, welts, blotches, or bumps.
What Can Help Reduce Itching Caused by a Rash?
You can try over-the-counter topical anti-itch products, including medicated location, oatmeal bath products, or oral anti-itch medicines, such as antihistamines. These treatments may be effective, depending on the cause of your rash. For example, lotion for poison ivy will be effective only if your rash is caused by poison ivy. If your rash worsens, you experience body aches, severe pain, or fever, or there is no improvement after a few days, contact Altaire Clinic to schedule a consult.
Is treatment covered by insurance?
Before you schedule your visit, it’s important to determine the cost of treatment and learn whether your insurance will cover all or a portion of your treatment. To learn more, contact Altaire Clinic today.
We encourage you to book a consultation, so one of our providers can personally discuss your needs and recommend the procedures best suited to your lifestyle. Contact us by phone or use the convenient form below so you can reach your ultimate health, wellness, & beauty goals.