Several skin conditions, allergic reactions or infections can cause a rash. In the Poulsbo, Washington area, poison ivy is an especially common concern for our dermatology patients. If you experience an itchy, red or swollen rash, schedule an appointment with the experts at West Sound Dermatology.
Common Types of Rashes
Rashes can be caused by a wide range of skin concerns, including chronic conditions, allergic reactions or infections. This can include viral, fungal or parasitic infection. Regardless of the cause, most rashes are itchy, painful, dry and red. In some cases, you may also notice that the skin crusts or flakes. Some common types of rashes include:
- Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
- Poison ivy
- Insect bites
- Hand, foot and mouth disease
Treatment Options for Rashes
Treatment options for rashes vary depending on the cause of the rash. Prior to prescribing a treatment, your provider will make a diagnosis through a visual examination and by reviewing your health history. Keep note of your symptoms and any changes in medication, personal care products, known insect bites or other factors.
Some common rash treatment options include topical or oral antibiotics, antifungals and corticosteroids. In cases of severe inflammation, your provider may also recommend a corticosteroid injection.
In some cases, rashes can be treated using phototherapy. This typically applied to conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.