Rashes are inflamed areas of skin that are often accompanied by uncontrollable itching. Treatment for rashes at Beacon Dermatology in Asheville, North Carolina, allows you to manage your condition effectively and feel more comfortable. Board-certified dermatologist Michael Rains, MD, FAAD, can help diagnose and treat all types of rashes, including eczema and psoriasis. To find out more about rashes, call Beacon Dermatology or book a consultation online today.
What are rashes?
A rash is an area of swollen or irritated skin on your body. Rashes are often painful and itchy, and can appear as red, gray, purple, or white. You might develop a rash from a variety of factors, including allergic reactions and infections.
What are the types of rashes?
The most common types of rashes are eczema (atopic dermatitis) and psoriasis. Both types are chronic skin conditions. Eczema is often a reaction to substances found in the environment. It can appear as red and inflamed skin.
On the other hand, psoriasis is a condition in which new skin cells develop faster than older skin cells can die and fall away, creating a buildup of plaque on the surface of the skin. People with psoriasis have white-silver patches of skin that are dry and scaly.
When should I see a dermatologist about rashes?
Rashes that appear quickly and continue to spread may be an allergic reaction to something you’ve come in contact with. Although the reaction may not be life-threatening, seeking medical attention immediately is in your best interest.
Chronic rashes associated with eczema and psoriasis require long-term care. At Beacon Dermatology, Dr. Rains can determine the cause of your rash and treat it accordingly.
Eczema that occurs in infants may eventually disappear on its own as the child grows. If it’s determined that you have an allergy, you’ll be informed of the best ways to avoid your allergen and reduce your risk of having a reaction.
How are rashes treated?
If you’ve been diagnosed with eczema, one of the best treatments for your skin is to keep it clean and properly moisturized. Mild soaps and moisturizers that naturally absorb into the skin without leaving behind a sticky or greasy residue are the best kinds to use.
When you bathe or take a shower, it’s also recommended that you avoid using hot water. It pulls the moisture out of your skin, causing it to be drier than normal.
Topical corticosteroids applied to the surface of the skin and antihistamines that are taken orally may help to reduce your discomfort and control the itching and inflammation. You may also find it beneficial to strengthen your immune system with a healthy diet and supplements formulated to strengthen the skin and fight infection.
At a Glance
Michael Rains, MD, FAAD
- Board certified in dermatology
- Specializing in medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology
- Author of multiple peer-reviewed publications and previous adjunct faculty at Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin
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