There are many steps you can take to care of your skin, including protecting it from the sun, as well as keeping it clean and hydrated. However, even the best skincare practices can’t always prevent certain conditions from developing, such as a rash. Dr. Christopher Hughes and Dr. William Musgrave, the experienced family doctors at Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, can diagnose and treat your rash, as well as help you develop a routine for taking care of your skin.
Skin Rashes and Common Causes
Rashes often cause the skin to appear red, and can also result in bumps or blisters on the skin. Rashes are not usually a major cause for concern and will often go away on their own. However, there are times when it is best to see a doctor for medical treatment, particularly if the rash is painful. Additionally, see a physician if you have a severe rash or it continues to get worse.
Many factors can cause a skin rash to develop, such as heat. Some causes of skin rashes include:
- Atopic dermatitis
- Chickenpox or shingles
- Poison ivy, oak, or sumac
- Hand, foot, and mouth disease
- Tick bites
Certain medical conditions can also cause rashes. For instance, lupus is a disease associated with a variety of symptoms, including the development of a butterfly-shaped rash across the face. See one of our physicians if you have developed a rash that is painful or continues to get worse. Our skilled doctors can treat the rash, as well as determine if it is due to an underlying condition, such as lupus or something else. Telemedicine appointments are available for existing patients suffering from a rash so you do not have to come into the office.
Treatments for Rashes
Taking care of your skin when you have a rash can include taking antihistamine medications, such as Benadryl, or applying topical anti-itch lotions, such as cortisone creams, to reduce itching, redness, and inflammation. Other effective treatments include taking lukewarm oatmeal baths and applying a cold compress to the rash throughout the day to ease swelling and discomfort. Our knowledgeable doctors can recommend the right treatment approach for your rash based on the cause, severity, and other factors.
If you are suffering from a rash, we can help. Our family doctors can diagnose the cause and provide treatment recommendations, as well as advise you about taking care of your skin while the rash heals. To schedule an in-person or telemedicine appointment with Dr. Hughes or Dr. Musgrave, call Argyle Family Practice in Argyle, TX, at (940) 226-4850.