Rashes are not only an eyesore; they can cause a host of other issues, including pain, itching, swelling, and even fever. Rashes are the result of an inflammation that causes changes in the way the skin looks and feels. They can range from mild to infectious, and a doctor should evaluate rashes if they last for more than a few days. At the Rendon Center, we diagnose and treat a wide range of rashes.
Contact dermatitis is the result of contact with a chemical or substance to which the patient is highly allergic. The rash tends to ooze and only affects parts of the skin that have come in direct contact with the irritating substance. Contact dermatitis tends to be very itchy. Common examples are poison ivy and oak, certain soaps, cosmetics, jewelry, perfumes, and colognes.
Treatment generally consists of managing the redness and swelling. Applying over the counter creams that contain hydrocortisone and wet dressing can help relieve the itching. In some cases, we may prescribe higher strength creams or oral medications such as antihistamines to relieve the itching. It can take anywhere from two to four weeks for your rash to clear up.
Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that produces inflamed red papules that cause large patches of thickened, scaling skin. Some people experience only mild patches, while others experience their entire body covered in red, scaly skin.
Psoriasis is not curable but can go through long periods of remission. People are generally diagnosed with it in their early adult years. Psoriasis has been linked to diabetes and heart disease. There is currently no known cause; it seems to be a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors.
Treatment depends largely on the severity of the disease. Mild cases can often be managed with a combination of ointments, sprays, and steroid shots. More severe instances can require ultraviolet light treatment or total body treatments such as pills or injections.
Lichen Planus leaves patients with shiny, flat bumps usually found on the inside of the wrists, and ankles, legs, back, or neck. It can also cause hair loss when it occurs on the scalp. It is not contagious but can be a result of medications used to treat high blood pressures, heart disease, and arthritis.
Our team can diagnose lichen planus with a visual skin examination and, in some cases, a skin biopsy. Treatment includes managing the symptoms through antihistamines and medicated creams. Steroid injections and prednisone may be necessary in severe cases.
To learn more about the various rashes treated at the Rendon Center, call our office today to set up an appointment.