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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.
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.