Posts for: May, 2020
Find out why you may be dealing with a sudden bout of red, itchy or blistered skin.
A skin rash can be rather unsightly, unpleasant, or embarrassing but typically it isn’t a cause for concern. There are a number of reasons why a rash may develop and many times they will go away by themselves; however, it’s also important to recognize when a rash may require visiting our Argyle, TX, family doctors Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave for treatment.
Common Causes of Rashes
While there are many reasons why someone may develop a rash, these are the most common causes:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Diaper rash
- Poison ivy, oak and sumac
- Hand, foot and mouth disease
- Drug allergy
- Tick bite
Treating a Rash at Home
If the rash is localized rather than widespread, cortisone cream may help reduce inflammation, redness, and itching. You can also apply a cold compress to the rash several times a day, which can ease swelling and discomfort.
Some rashes, particularly itchy rashes, may improve through oral antihistamines (e.g. Benadryl); however, it’s important to talk with your Argyle, TX, doctor first before using an antihistamine to treat your rash. Lukewarm oatmeal baths can also soothe rashes. Remember not to scratch or pick the rash, as this can lead to infection and scarring.
When to See a Doctor
If the rash is painful, severe, or continues to get worse then it’s probably time to see a medical professional. If you aren’t sure whether you should see a doctor you can also call us and discuss your symptoms over the phone so we can determine whether you should make a trip into the office or not. Depending on the cause of the rash, our doctors may need to prescribe special medication or ointments that can alleviate symptoms or treat the underlying cause.
If you are dealing with a new or worsening rash here in Argyle TX, you may want to see your doctor; however, we understand the concerns you may have about seeing a doctor right now, in light of the Covid-19 situation. The good news is that our team of doctors here at Argyle Family Practice are providing telemedicine visits for both new and established patients.
If you want to get that rash looked at by a medical professional, you can do so without ever leaving your home. To schedule a telemedicine visit, call (940) 226-4850.
Is the lockdown making you stressed? Here are some ways to foster good mental health right now.
It’s safe to say that most people weren’t prepared for a global pandemic. Therefore, it’s not surprising that this current situation has left a lot of people stressed, anxious, and concerned. Therefore, it’s now more important than ever that everyone is looking after their mental health. From the office of our Argyle, TX, family doctors, Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave, here are some ways to improve resilience and manage your mental health during Covid-19,
Know Your Triggers
It’s important to recognize the specific thoughts or behavioral patterns that send you emotionally spiraling. For example, you may be finding yourself compulsively checking the news throughout the day, which can increase anxiety and other negative emotions. Limit how much news you are consuming each day and find helpful mindfulness and breathing practices that can help you when you find negative thoughts and behaviors creeping in.
Stick to a Routine
Many people feel out of sorts because they no longer have the same routine that they’ve been following day in and day out; however, creating a new at-home routine can help you manage anxiety. If you are now working from home, it’s a good idea to designate a specific workspace. Follow as much of your normal work schedule as possible and tackle those household chores and other distractions after work or during specifically designated work breaks.
Just because we can’t see people face to face doesn’t mean that we can’t still connect with them, even if it is virtually. Humans are social beings after all and need regular interaction.
Schedule virtual book club sessions, FaceTime your family, or enjoy a quick mid-day coffee chat with coworkers on Zoom. Modern technology makes it possible for us to still stay connected even during these challenging times.
We know that these are unusual and particularly stressful times for everyone. Our medical team here in Argyle, TX, wants you to know that we are here for you and are still providing care and treatment through telemedicine visits. So, whether you need to get a prescription refilled or you want to talk about the best ways to alleviate stress, the team at Argyle Family Practice is here to help. Call us at (940) 226-4850.