Skin Rashes: When To See A Dermatologist

You’ve tried a new skin moisturizer and suddenly you develop a rash. You buy a new sweater and within hours of wearing it, you begin to itch and a rash appears. There are dozens of reasons why people develop a rash, some benign and others more serious. When it comes to skin rashes, when to see a dermatologist can be confusing, so we’re here to help.

Rashes Are Tricky

It is usually obvious that a new product, piece of clothing, or bug bite is the cause of your rash. The tricky part is that many times we can develop a rash from products we have been using for a long time. Suddenly we develop a reaction, and it‘s hard to determine where the rash came from or why it all of a sudden is problematic. Time to see Goodless Dermatology for answers!

patchy rash on person's chest under neck

Common Non-Infectious Rashes

A rash is an inflammation and/or discoloration that changes the skin’s normal appearance. The most common rash affecting adults is seborrheic dermatitis. Other common rashes include heat rash, hives, psoriasis, contact dermatitis (like poison ivy, sumac, or poison oak), and sometimes a reaction to the content of jewelry.

Many rashes can be treated by OTC medications and they will resolve, but there are situations where medical assistance is needed.

When To See Goodless Dermatology

If after trying to home treat a rash, you still have it after 48 hours, it is time to see a dermatologist, especially with the following additional symptoms:

  • Over the counter medications have failed to improve the rash
  • The rash is spreading
  • It is becoming painful
  • Blisters are developing especially near the eyes, mouth, or genitals
  • There is oozing
  • The rash is appearing all over the body
  • If there are any signs of infection including a fever

Infectious rashes are more serious and need immediate attention. Shingles, measles, mononucleosis, and scarlet fever are prime examples. Other signs of an infectious rash include swelling in the area, yellow or green fluid, warmth near the site of the rash, and a streak coming from the rash.

If breathing becomes an issue, you should call 911 immediately.

Contact Goodless Dermatology at (407) 566-1616, or request an appointment online, if you have a new unknown rash or are experiencing any of the symptoms of an infectious rash.