What are Skin Rashes?

Rashes are one of the most commonly seen skin concerns in the field of dermatology. They range from mild to severe and affect all ages. Rashes can be caused by inflammation of the skin, which can be triggered by a variety of factors. While diagnosing the source of the rash can be complicated and involve some trial and error, our providers at Seattle Skin & Laser are ready to help you find a solution and some relief.

What Causes Skin Rashes?

Some patients do not know what caused their allergic reaction; and so, in those cases, patch testing can be done to help narrow down possible allergens or irritants. To start, one of our dermatologists will ask you about your routine, and to think about any new items or changes that have been made. In addition to your routine, it is important to list out any possible irritants you could have encountered regarding your environment or place you have recently visited. Once this information is gathered you may be able to more closely identify the origin of the rash.

Types of Rashes & Treatment Options

Seborrheic Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis causes red, scaly and itchy rash most often occurring on the face and scalp, although other areas can be affected such as the groin. Although there is no cure for seborrheic dermatitis, it can be controlled with non-prescription and prescription medications and sometimes will get better on its own. Medicated shampoo and corticosteroid creams are often used to manage its symptoms.

Allergic Contact Rashes

This is a rash that occurs when allergy-causing elements that come into contact with the skin. A reaction is caused in people who are sensitive resulting in itching, redness, scaling, a rash and even blisters. Common allergens are Metals, rubber, hair dyes and other dyes, topical antibiotics, skin care products and poison ivy as well as other plants. Treatments are typically topical steroid creams and or oral antihistamines. In more severe cases, oral or injection of steroids may be given to a patient to manage any discomfort.

If you are experiencing an allergic reaction or rash of any kind, contact Seattle Skin & Laser today to schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists. Our providers will help you to identify the source of the irritation and have you feeling more comfortable in no time.