Rash is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin. As soon as you look at some rashes, it is obvious as to what caused them and how they can be treated. Other rashes are ‘nonspecific,” and present more of a challenge. The majority of rashes are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines, and moisturizing lotions.
Should your rash not resolve or improve greatly, quickly make an appointment for an in-office evaluation. Also, if there are associated symptoms with the rash such as fever, chills, total body aches, etc., you should see a doctor.
Upon evaluation in the office, if the rash seems to involve just the skin, there are many prescription creams that can be used. Oral medications such as antihistamines, antibiotics, and cortisone may be needed in some cases. A skin biopsy may be suggested upon presentation, or if the rash is not improving.