Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago
Dermatology located in River North, Chicago, IL
If you regularly experience red, itchy, or irritated skin, don’t wait to seek professional help. At Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago, the team of expert dermatologists provides complete diagnosis and treatment of rashes. Following an in-office exam, they can determine the source of your symptoms and make recommendations to help you feel better. To request your consultation at the practice in the River North neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois, use the booking feature or call the office today.
What are rashes?
A rash is a medical condition that changes the appearance, texture, and/or color of your skin. Some rashes affect only one part of the body, like the scalp; others spread everywhere, including the torso and extremities.
Most rashes aren’t anything to worry about and resolve on their own. If your symptoms don't respond to at-home treatments like ointments and lotions, contact the team at Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago.
What are the symptoms of rashes?
Symptoms of rashes include:
- Dry, scaly, or crusted skin
- Formation of small, fluid-filled blisters
- Increased sensitivity
If you have a rash, you might also develop an infection that results in bleeding or pus.
What are some common rashes?
The team at Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago treats many types of rashes, including:
Contact dermatitis is a type of rash that occurs due to an allergic reaction. For example, if you’re allergic to latex and you come in contact with a latex glove, your skin might turn red, swell up, and become very itchy.
Ringworm is a rash that occurs due to a fungal infection. It’s especially common in children and teens, particularly those who share towels, socks, or shoes.
Eczema is a type of rash that occurs due to allergies. There’s no cure for eczema, but with healthy lifestyle changes, prescription medication, and trigger avoidance, it’s possible to minimize uncomfortable symptoms.
Psoriasis is a chronic disease that causes your skin to overproduce cells. It’s characterized by large patches of red, scaly skin that are painful and itchy.
Rosacea is a chronic disease characterized by dry skin, redness, and increased sensitivity. It tends to run in families and is especially common in people aged 30-60.
How are rashes diagnosed?
To diagnose a rash, your provider reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms, including when they started and whether they’re worse at certain times of the day, like after eating or when you first wake up in the morning.
Next, they check your temperature and order lab work, including allergy tests and a complete blood count. If your provider suspects your rash is an infection or the result of a more serious condition like skin cancer, they might also order a skin biopsy.
How are rashes treated?
Treatment of rashes depends on various factors, including the underlying cause, the severity of your symptoms, and your medical history.
Usually, the team at Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago recommends conservative treatments, including:
- Eating a balanced diet
- Drinking plenty of water
- Avoiding allergy triggers
- Taking medication as prescribed
- Protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays
To learn more about the treatment options for rashes, make an appointment at Medical Dermatology Associates of Chicago. Call the office or use the online booking feature today.
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