A skin rash is not a specific diagnosis, but rather a symptom of an allergic reaction to something that a person has ingested or come into contact with. A rash is a general term that refers to skin inflammation and discoloration that changes the way the skin looks and feels; it is often times extremely itchy and uncomfortable. Dermatologists are doctors who specialize in the medical field of the skin. Therefore, a dermatologist is best suited to diagnose and treat a skin rash that appears any where on the body.
The most common types of rashes include eczema, poison ivy, and fungal infections. There are medicines that can be purchased over the counter to combat the discomfort and itchiness associated with these rashes. However, many people find that they need a stronger treatment for their rash – either the itch is unbearable or the rash simply will not go away. Seeing a dermatologist for any type of skin rash will allow you to have the best treatment available. A dermatologist is often able to diagnose the type of rash that a person has simply by looking at it and viewing its characteristics.
Many rashes last for a few days to a couple of weeks and then disappear on their own. For these rashes it is fine to use anti-itch creams. Other people, however, find that their rashes spread and their symptoms worsen. This is the time to call the dermatologist for the next available appointment. Untreated rashes that do not go away can cause further infection from the rash site. If you are suffering from a rash that won’t disappear, call your dermatologist to have it looked at and taken care of right away.
Posted on behalf of Dr. John Kayal, Northwest Georgia Dermatology