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.