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How to know if my rash is something more serious?

Maybe your rash showed up overnight and it causing itching and redness. Or perhaps you’ve had a mild rash for a while somewhere on your face and body that does not seem to be resolved on its own. Patients of the Islamorada and Key West, Florida area who are dealing with a rash may want to work with a dermatologist who can provide a definitive diagnosis and help patients find relief for their condition. In most cases, rashes are not a sign of a more serious issue, though rashes may be indicative of a chronic problem such as eczema or psoriasis.

Why is my skin itching?

There are so many reasons why a patient may develop a rash. With the help of a dermatologist, many patients can pinpoint the start of their condition or the triggers that have caused the development of the rash. Our team can walk patients through what has changed that may indicate the cause of the rash.

Common causes of rashes include:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Allergic reaction
  • Hives
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Bug/insect bites
  • Fifth disease
  • Rosacea
  • Impetigo
  • Ringworm
  • Hand, foot, and mouth disease
  • Shingles

What can be done to address a rash?

There are many methodologies available for treating rashes, especially those that are itchy and red. Many itchy rashes can be addressed with over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream applied topically to the skin to calm it and relieve itching and discomfort. However, rashes caused by other conditions such as eczema or bacteria may require antibiotics or special prescription-strength steroids. During an evaluation, patients who receive a proper diagnosis of their rash can work with their provider to get a treatment that will address the problem and bring the skin back to health. Recurring rashes might be a more systemic issue and require further evaluation if they continue to return even after treatment.

Are you dealing with a chronic rash?

It may be time to talk to a dermatological professional about your condition to get a proper diagnosis and find effective treatment options. At Keys Dermatology in Key West and Islamorada, Florida, we provide patients with skin solutions for cosmetic and medical needs. Call (305) 664-8828 to book an appointment at either of our office locations.

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