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When should I worry about a rash?

At one point or another, everyone develops a rash. Whether it’s a reaction to a certain product or a side effect of a medication, they can be unsightly and bothersome. But when do you know if a rash is a “run of the mill” condition or an indication of a more serious issue? Dermatologists are medical professionals with a focus in the care of the skin, hair, nails, and body and can provide insight as to the cause of the rash and the treatment necessary to address it.

What does a rash look like?

There are so many different types of rashes that it can be impossible for the untrained eye to determine the cause. Some rashes may appear as blotches or pimples, welts or blisters. Some are red and itchy, others might be scaly or dry. Some rashes might seem to come and go for unknown reasons, why others seem to remain even with at-home treatment. Knowing the type of rash, the cause, and the treatment is essential to get the skin healthy and problem-free again. By working with a dermatologist, many patients will find relief—and learn about the cause of their condition.

What are some indications that I need to be evaluated for a rash?

There are certain conditions that may apply that might indicate the need for medical attention for specific types of rashes. Below are a few things to consider when it comes to calling the doctor for a rash.

·         The rash covers the body

·         The rash develops and spreads quickly

·         The rash is accompanied by a fever

·         The rash blisters

·         The rash is extremely painful

·         The rash is showing signs of infection

Who do I call for assistance with a concerning rash?

Rashes that require medical attention can be evaluated at an emergency room or with a quality dermatologist such as those at Keys Dermatology. Call (305) 296-3334 to schedule an evaluation with our doctors to determine if a rash is a sign of a more serious issue or requires medical attention to diagnose and address as soon as possible. Keys Dermatology has two convenient office locations in the communities of Key West, FL and Islamorada, FL.

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