Rashes reflect skin inflammation from a variety of medical causes. They range from common eczema and contact dermatitis to more complex cases arising from autoimmune connective tissue disease and drug hypersensitivity reactions. Although most rashes are not life-threatening, it is important to have a thorough evaluation by a board certified dermatologist.
With more than 3 million cases in the US per year, contact dermatitis occurs when the skin is exposed to an allergen or irritant, which leads to an inflammatory response and rash. Some rashes present immediately, while others appear after a delay. Contact dermatitis typically improves with avoidance of the triggering substance and it can often be treated with topical medications. Poison ivy dermatitis is a classic example of contact dermatitis. Contact us to learn more about how we treat your contact dermatitis.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition in which the skin’s barrier function is impaired causing it to become dry and itchy. It often presents in childhood and can persist even as an adult. Eczema can vary in severity; itching and excessive scratching may result in bleeding, infection, discoloration, and skin thickening. Eczema can often present with other conditions like asthma and allergies.
Treatment for eczema varies, please contact us today to learn how we can help you treat your eczema.
Psoriasis is often a life-long, chronic inflammatory skin disease that presents with raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. Although psoriasis is not contagious, it can run in families. Psoriasis can be associated with other conditions such as psoriatic arthritis and cardiovascular disease. There are many treatments including topical creams, light therapy, immunosuppressant medications, and newer biologic drugs.
There are various types of psoriasis including:
- Plaque psoriasis
- Guttate psoriasis
- Inverse psoriasis
- Pustular psoriasis
- Erythrodermic psoriasis