Central Park South Dermatology

Medical Dermatologist & Cosmetic Dermatologist located in Midtown, New York, NY

Skin rashes are common and often resolve on their own. For rashes that are painful or don’t clear up within a few days, Robin Blum, MD, FAAD, of Central Park South Dermatology in midtown Manhattan, New York, provides a thorough diagnostic exam and a customized treatment plan that can help. If you have questions or concerns about a skin rash, call or use the online tool to schedule an appointment today.

Rash Q & A

What is a skin rash?

The word rash isn’t a specific medical condition, but a term used to describe many types of skin inflammation and discoloration. There are many different types of rashes, including:

  • Hives
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Eczema
  • Poison ivy
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Heat rash

Contact dermatitis is among the most common types of skin rashes. It develops when you come into direct contact with something that triggers an allergic reaction. Contact dermatitis occurs on any area of your body but is most common on areas not usually covered by clothing, like your hands, arms, and legs.

What causes rashes?

Skin rashes are caused by a fungus, bacteria, viruses, parasites, and allergic reactions. If you develop frequent rashes, knowing what triggers an outbreak can help you take steps to avoid future exposure.

You can reduce your risk of developing rashes by getting all recommended vaccinations, avoiding plants known to cause a rash, and taking care to prevent making contact with wet surfaces that others have come into contact with.

No degree of caution can prevent all types of rashes, however. If you experience a rash that is uncomfortable or doesn’t fade after a few days of self-care, schedule an appointment with Dr. Blum to explore treatment options. There’s no need to live with swollen, red, or itchy skin when there are treatments that offer relief.

How are rashes treated?

Because there are so many different types of skin rashes, there is no one-size-fits-all treatment approach. Your treatment plan is designed to fit your specific needs.

Antibacterial creams or medications are helpful in some cases, as are antiviral drugs. Medications to reduce inflammation are also commonly used to treat persistent rashes. In some cases, steroids are useful in suppressing your immune system to control inflammation.

If your rash breaks the surface of your skin, you must take care to prevent infection. Keep the area clean and dry, and consider bandaging to provide a layer of protection. Over-the-counter antibacterial cream also reduces the risk of infection.

To find relief from a persistent or painful rash, schedule a visit with Dr. Blum today. Online scheduling makes it easy to find a time that fits your busy life, or you’re always welcome to call or stop by the office to check appointment availability.