Many skin conditions cause rashes, from allergies to bacterial, fungal, and viral infections. If you or your child has a rash, the experts at First Care Bossier in Bossier City and Stonewall, Louisiana, can identify the cause of your rash and prescribe an effective solution. To benefit from their experience in treating rashes, call your nearest location today or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online.
Rashes are a symptom in which your skin undergoes visible changes. Typically, rashes appear as areas of reddened skin, often with small bumps or blisters. Your skin may be itchy as well.
Most rashes relate to skin disorders, but some are a symptom of underlying conditions like liver or kidney disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, measles, chickenpox, or Lyme disease.
Rashes are a symptom of many different skin conditions, but some of the most common include:
Contact dermatitis develops when you have an allergic reaction to something that makes contact with your skin. It causes a red, itchy rash, and the skin can blister and crack with prolonged exposure. Many substances can cause contact dermatitis, including perfumes and cosmetics, certain plants (such as poison ivy), jewelry, and latex.
Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that mostly affects babies and young children. It causes red sores around the nose, mouth, hands, and feet.
Shingles is a viral infection that’s related to chickenpox. It usually affects older people, causing an itchy red rash and painful blisters.
Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes a red, scaly, itchy rash that tends to appear in circular patches.
You might find you get a rash when it’s hot (heat rash) or develop a rash from ingrown hairs (razor bumps). Allergic reactions to medicines can also result in rashes. Sometimes what appears to be a rash may be the start of a chronic problem like eczema or psoriasis.
The treatment your provider at First Care Bossier recommends for your rash depends on what’s causing the problem. They can often determine what type of rash you have on examination and after a discussion of your symptoms and lifestyle.
Fungal infections like ringworm require antifungal creams and sometimes oral medication, too. A bacterial infection like impetigo requires antibiotics to clear the infection. If you have contact dermatitis, the best approach is to identify what’s causing the reaction and avoid contact with that substance in the future.
While your skin heals, you may benefit from soothing creams or ointments that reduce inflammation and help stop itchiness.
For expert diagnosis of rashes and effective treatments, call First Care Bossier today or book an appointment online.