Rashes are, for the most part, an unsightly, uncomfortable nuisance. They can appear as blotches, bumps, scales, blisters, or just plain redness, and they have various potential causes, such as allergens, medications, viral infections, among many others.
If you’re plagued by rashes but not sure what’s causing them or how to get rid of them, think about seeing a dermatologist who can perform a thorough assessment to precisely determine the cause and the most effective treatment for you.
Depending on the results of their evaluation, your dermatologist will likely recommend any or a combination of the following treatment options:
Topical steroids work by reducing skin inflammation, which occurs when your skin comes in contact with an allergen and triggers an immune response. Topical steroids that are commonly prescribed include fluocinonide, hydrocortisone, and clobetasol.
Oral Steroids and Antihistamines
Oral steroids, such as prednisone, also work by suppressing the immune system, thereby alleviating the swelling, itching, and redness.
Your dermatologist may prescribe oral steroids in conjunction with antihistamines, such as loratadine or diphenhydramine, to effectively treat mild to moderate itching.
If your rash has cracked and comes with pain, swelling, warmth in the area, and purulent fluid, your dermatologist may prescribe oral or topical antibiotics.
Oral antibiotics are also recommended for cases of perioral dermatitis, a condition characterized by a red rash around the mouth.
Your dermatologist may recommend self-care measures, such as the following, to directly address your rashes or enhance the results of the treatment options mentioned above.
- Applying a cold compress or calamine lotion to the affected area, if you have a viral rash
- Applying wet compress on the rash for 15 to 30 minutes- This both soothes itching and increases skin moisture. An oatmeal soak or baking soda soak can also help relieve your itching
- Cutting your nails short and avoiding scratching the affected area since it will damage your skin even further- If you can’t resist the urge to scratch, cover the area with bandages
- Developing coping strategies to effectively manage stress- Stress and anxiety can trigger an outbreak of hives (itchy, raised welts)
- Using gentle, hypoallergenic, fragrance-free moisturizer or lotion- Lotions add a protective layer that reduces irritation and cracking.
- Avoiding triggers- Most cases of dermatitis can be resolved simply by eliminating the trigger. The most common culprits are chemicals, smoke, dust, and pet dander. Your dermatologist can help you figure out the possible trigger. Once you’ve identified it, try to avoid it as much as possible to prevent flare-ups.
Skin Rash Treatment in Miami, FL
For effective skin rash treatment, visit us at Children’s Skin Center. Our board-certified dermatologists are dedicated to providing high-quality, comprehensive care for the full range of skin disorders affecting the entire family.
To schedule an appointment with one of our dermatologists, call us today at (305) 669-6555, or fill out our online appointment request form.