When you have a rash, you may be stressed about the source of the irritation, and concerned about whether the rash is a sign of something serious. At Alamo City Urgent Care, LLC in San Antonio, Texas, you can come in for a thorough skin examination and an accurate diagnosis of any rash. Don’t let thoughts of a rare skin disorder dominate your days and nights; schedule an appointment or drop by for professional diagnosis and treatment.
Rashes are simply irritated or swollen areas of skin. They’re your body’s way of responding to an environmental or systemic trigger. Some rashes have a clear cause, like when you break out after using a new cleaning chemical or touch poison ivy during a hike. Other rashes are more difficult to diagnose and may not develop immediately after exposure.
Rashes can take many forms, and common symptoms might include one or more of the following:
Some rashes begin by presenting one symptom and then transitioning to another.
Some men, women, and children are more likely to develop rashes than others. But you — and anyone else — can end up with a rash, depending on your exposure to certain known triggers, germs, or conditions, including:
A rash is a sign of many conditions, some of which are more serious than others. That’s why seeking medical care for a rash that doesn’t clear up on its own after a couple of days is important.
Your treatment depends on the cause of your rash. If you have an underlying medical condition, treatment focuses on managing that condition.
You may need medication to clear up your rash. Antibiotics, antifungal medication, or antiviral medications address different types of rashes. Your medication needs might be a one-time dose or part of a lengthy health management plan.
If your rash is the result of contact with an irritant like poison ivy, food, or chemicals, treatment might focus on soothing the inflamed skin and reducing the risk of infection. Your doctor provides you with tips and advice for avoiding triggers. Your doctor may recommend allergy testing. If you have an allergy, testing provides the information needed to reduce the risk of a more severe reaction.
You don’t have to live with the discomfort and stress of a serious rash when there’s swift and effective treatment available. If you have a persistent or worrisome rash, schedule an appointment at Alamo City Urgent Care, LLC or just come in for a thorough diagnostic workup and customized treatment plan.