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By Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic
February 19, 2020
Category: Dermatology
Tags: Rashes  

Find out what could be causing your rash and when to see a doctor.

Rashes come in all different shapes and sizes. Some are itchy, red, raised or painful. Just about everyone will experience a rash at some point in their lives and most rashes will go away on their own; however, sometimes it’s important to pinpoint the cause of your rash so you know when it’s time to seek treatment from one of our Anderson, SC, dermatologists Dr. Mark Quarterman or Dr. Luke O’Steen.

Some common types of noninfectious rashes include,

  • Contact, atopic and seborrheic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Eczema
  • Hives
  • Drug-related rash
  • Miliaria (heat rash)

Common types of infectious rashes include,

  • Athlete’s foot (fungus)
  • Ringworm (fungus)
  • Shingles (viral)
  • Herpes simplex types 1 and 2 (viral)
  • Impetigo (bacterial)
  • Pityriasis rosea (viral)
  • Scabies (parasitic)
  • Chickenpox (viral)
  • Folliculitis (bacterial)

While these are not all the causes for rashes these are the most common types that our Anderson, SC, skin doctors examine and diagnosis more often. If you are noticing a new rash it’s best to play it safe and schedule a consultation with one of our dermatologists to make sure that you are treating the rash properly.

You should also come in for a checkup if the rash,

  • Covers most of your body
  • Continues to spread
  • Is accompanied by a fever
  • Appears suddenly and is severe
  • Is painful
  • Looks infected
  • Develops blisters

A board-certified dermatologist can diagnose the rash and provide you with fast, effective treatment. The type of treatment you receive will depend on the cause of your rash. Some rashes may require antibiotics or antifungal medications while over-the-counter medications (e.g. antihistamines) may be all you need. If the rash isn’t caused by an infection, our doctors can provide you with ways to manage your symptoms.

Anderson Skin & Cancer Clinic has offices in Seneca, Abbeville and Anderson, SC, to serve you better. If you are dealing with a painful, widespread or worsening rash then call one of our offices today to schedule an appointment.