Our urgent care in Novi has providers that have a lot of experience in identifying the different types of rashes and treating them. They also know how to determine when a rash is dangerous and needs further treatment with a specialist or hospital.
A rash is an area of skin that becomes irritated or swollen, often resulting in itching, redness, and/or pain. Rashes can often be a symptom of another medical condition or the result of an irritating substance or allergies. Rashes are common in many individuals and can be temporary or long-lasting. While many rashes are a result of contact with an allergen, others can be a sign of an infection and should be treated right away. We can help determine the type of rash you are experiencing and how to manage it.
Common Skin Rashes:
Eczema: The exact cause is unknown but factors such as genetics, defects in the skin barrier, environment, and an abnormal immune system function. Eczema commonly appears on the inner elbows, backs of the knees, cheeks, neck, wrists, and ankles. It can be treated with oral medication, topical cream, or light therapy.
Psoriasis: This type of rash results in bumpy scaling that will flake and fall off. The scaling typically occurs on the scalp, knees, and elbows. Psoriasis might be caused by genetics or an issue with the immune system. Those with psoriasis have skin cells that grow at an abnormally fast rate which results in a buildup and scaling.
Contact Dermatitis: Contact with an irritating chemical or substance such as the resin from a poisonous plant such as poison ivy, oak, and sumac can result in an itchy, sometimes blistering rash. The rash often looks like a straight line from the plant brushing the skin but can be more spread out if contact came from exposed clothing. The rash will usually develop within 12 to 48 hours after contact and can take several weeks to go away.
Heat Rash: A heat rash is common in infants but can occur at any age. The rash often appears like a cluster of acne or tiny blisters and is caused by occlusion of the sweat ducts during hot, humid weather. The rash typically occurs on the neck and upper chest, groin, under the breasts, and in the creases of the elbow.
Urticaria (Hives): Hives appear on the skin as red, itchy, raised welts that appear suddenly and usually resolve in about eight hours. Hives can be a result of allergens and should be treated by removing the trigger. They might also be managed with an over-the-counter antihistamine or prescription medication.
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