A rash is a very common skin condition that causes redness, bumps and itching on the affected area. Some rashes may go away on their own, but others may persist and lead to consistent, serious discomfort. Rashes can affect anyone at any age and for many different reasons, so it’s best to have yours treated by an experienced skincare professional. If you reside in the Cincinnati area, contact the trusted experts at Dermatology and Skin Care Associates to find out what’s causing your rash and how you can treat it.
Why Do Rashes Form?
Rashes are not typically a standalone condition. Instead, they tend to be symptomatic of another underlying cause such as atopic dermatitis (eczema) and psoriasis. For this reason alone, it is important to have a rash examined by our dermatologist to determine what might be causing it. If left untreated, rashes can cause significant itching and discomfort and may even leave underlying skin conditions undiagnosed.
If you have a chronic skin condition like eczema, rashes will continue to form and cause discomfort. The best treatment for you will depend on the severity of your condition, but treatment plans often include special ointments or creams that are designed to moisturize and protect the skin.
Rashes from Allergies or Skin Irritation
Not every rash is due to a chronic condition. Contact dermatitis, for example, is a term used to describe a rash that has formed after the skin has made contact with a substance that causes irritation or an allergic reaction. Common substances that can lead to contact dermatitis include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Jewelry, especially if it is made from nickel
- Plants like poison oak or poison ivy
- Cosmetic products (fragrances, soaps, makeup, etc.)
Substances that are known to result in rashes are often referred to as allergens or irritants. During your appointment, our dermatologist can help you learn more about which irritant may be causing your rash so that you can avoid it in the future.
Choosing Professional Skin Care for Your Rash
Rashes are uncomfortable and may prove difficult to deal with on your own. That’s why our experienced team of dermatologists and skincare professionals are here to help at Dermatology and Skincare Associates. To receive proper treatment for your rashes and help prevent them from forming again, contact our office in West Chester, OH to schedule your first appointment.