Rashes And When You Should Visit a Doctor

The very nature of what is involved with dealing with a rash – the itching, the dry skin, the unsightly blotches, the bumps, and the uncomfortable nature of this entire experience – is not enjoyable to think about, and it is definitely something that nobody wants to actually contend with.

Nevertheless, rashes emerge without warning, and when they do, it is important to know how you should treat each particular situation and when you should consult with a physician. This is critical in terms of making sure that the unpleasant effects of the rash do not become even worse as you engage in a search to locate the fastest form of relief from your pain. This is also true of any discomfort that is being experienced by your child.

For the sake of definition, the term rash does not refer to an exact type of skin issue. Instead, a rash can be comprised of any type of inflammation or skin condition that alters the normal appearance or your skin. The visible change can take place in skin color, which involves an area of the skin that has become red or gray. In other cases it can represent a change in skin texture, resulting in raised spots.

Causes Of Rashes

There is a collection of causes for rashes. Some of these are more prevalent with adults, while others are more customary for children. Here are some of the more common forms of rashes.

Eczema – this is also referred to as atopic dermatitis, and this condition is most common in children. However, it can impact people of any age. The unwanted symptoms of eczema include dry skin, along with red or gray patches of areas of your skin that become inflamed. You can also experience itching, bleeding, and blisters.

Seborrheic Dermatitis – this is a frequent culprit among rashes that impact adults. It usually emerges in the scalp and can create red skin, patches, and dandruff. Sometimes this condition can affect the face, eyebrows, nose, eyelids, ears, and chest.

Stasis Dermatitis – this inflammation can manifest itself on the legs of adults that are experiencing chronic swelling due to circulation problems with their veins. The condition will cause itching and swelling if it occurs.  

Hives – hives are a skin reaction that can appear quickly and can also fade within a short period of time. But your skin will be red and you will itch while the hives are in their most intense state. There are a number of potential triggers for hives including medications, certain foods, infection, stress, sunlight, and insect bites.  

Psoriasis – this can become a chronic issue due to an extremely active immune system. Inflammation, redness and flaking skin are among the more common symptoms when this condition develops.   

There are also a number of causes for rashes in children. The list includes:

Chicken Pox – while the chicken pox vaccine has reduced the number of occurrences for this condition, it is highly contagious when it does appear.

Eczema – this of course is similar to the condition with dry, red, skin that can impact adults.

Heat Rash – this rash takes on the appearance of small pimples, and is the result of blocked sweat ducts. Sometimes this is the result of overdressing a baby.

Contact Dermatitis – this occurs when your child’s skin becomes irritated due to an allergic reaction. There are a large number of substances that can trigger this reaction including laundry detergents, soaps, shampoos, bleaches, baby wipes, bug sprays, pesticides, medicated creams, pollen, and nickel – which is contained in jewelry and buckles.  

Ringworm – this is caused by a fungus that is transmitted through contact with a shared item such as a towel or clothing.

If you have located a rash on your son or daughter, you should attempt to determine whether your child is coming into contact with something that is irritating their skin. This includes the potential triggers that were listed above. Also, diapers should be changed with great frequency and diaper cream should be applied each time the area is cleaned.

You can wash the rash with mild soap but it is important not to scrub the rash. It should also be rinsed with warm water. When you dry the area make sure that you passed the skin as opposed to rubbing it. Also, the rash should not be covered. Finally, you should have your child wear gloves at night to reduce the chances that he or she will scratch the area.

When Should You Visit A Doctor

If you discover a rash on your child, and our son or daughter is younger than 6 months old, then you should contact a physician. This is also true if the rash is accompanied by a fever, or if the rash has progressed beyond the diaper area.

You should also call a doctor if you notice any hives, or there is an indication of infection from something oozing out of the rash. It is also wise to consult with a physician if the rash has not improved after two days.

If your son or daughter’s rash is also accompanied by a cold, coughing or swelling of the neck glands, then you should take your child to a doctor. If you believe that his or her rash is a reaction to medication then you should avoid giving any further medication to your child.

If you are dealing with a painful rash, you should contact a doctor. This is also true if a rash isn’t showing signs of improvement after several days. 

You should seek medical attention for any rash that is spreading or is accompanied by a fever. This is also the case for any rashes that are painful or appears to be infected.

Also, if you are spending time worrying about a rash, it is worth your time to simply contact a physician.

At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help 

If you have any questions or concerns about a rash that you, your child, or anyone close to you is experiencing, or if you have questions about a health issue of any kind, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.

Our Primary Care 

  • After Hours Care Available
  • Continuity of Care
  • Health Maintenance
  • Patient ducation
  • Vaccinations

Our Preventative Care 

  • Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
  • Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
  • Blood Pressure Screening
  • Cancer Screening
  • Cholesterol Screening
  • Depression Screening
  • HIV-STD Screening
  • Immunizations
  • Obesity Screening & Counseling
  • Type 2 Diabetes Screening
  • Weight Management
  • Wellness Exams

In addition to visiting our offices at either location, you can receive the same great care and consideration by using our On Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.

Regardless of how you contact us, we can also assist you, or answer any questions regarding any of these other medical problems.

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Phil Clark
Phil’s experience as a writer enabled him to generate advertising and marketing material throughout his career in the television industry before he expanded his level of knowledge by creating various promotional elements for all forms of media in other industries. He has also produced articles that have been published in numerous publications and websites, including usatoday.com, and USA Today’s football magazine, where he wrote weekly columns and player profiles for multiple years. He has also worked with Photoshop, Illustrator, and Vizio, and has a BS in Broadcasting from Indiana State University.
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