Skin Rashes? – Questions and Answers from a Skin Specialist

Overview

Skin Rashes are standard and as a skin specialist in vadodara, I feel that this is the most common problem that my patients face.

Skin rashes are common for all ages and can occur due to various factors. The factors include infections, heat, allergens, immune system disorders and medications. One of the most common skin disorders that causes a rash is an atopic dermatitis. Medically it is known as eczema.

Skin Rashes - FAQ from Skin Specialist

Symptoms

What Are Symptoms of Skin Rash?

Skin rashes happen to all of us. Even babies get skin rashes from the nappies or due to the use of certain creams or soaps. As the best skin specialist doctor in vadodara, I urge you to do a patch test on babies before using products. In the case of food too, you need to introduce it slowly and then look for the reactions.

Normally following are the symptoms of skin rashes.

  • Itching
  • Redness of skin
  • Flaking skin
  • Dry, scaly, or crusted skin that can become thick and leathery from scratching.
  • Small, fluid-filled blisters that may ooze when scratched.
  • Infection of the areas of broken skin.

Causes

What causes itching?

Itching can occur due to many reasons. Sometimes it is a symptom of underlying health conditions. Itching in turn leads to rashes. Some common causes:
  • Allergic reactions to food, insect bites, pollen, and medicines
  • Skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dry skin
  • Use of chemicals, cosmetics, and other substances
  • Parasites such as pinworms, scabies, head and body lice
  • Pregnancy
  • Liver, kidney, or thyroid diseases
  • Certain cancers or cancer treatments
  • Diseases that can affect the nervous system, such as diabetes and shingles

Can stress lead to rashes?

YES! Not always, but stress can also be a leading factor for rashes. When you are stressed, the body releases hormones which cause inflammation and in turn lead to itching and rashes.

Rashes due to stress often look red, pink, or flesh-coloured, raised, puffy, splotches. Sometimes, they may look like bug bites, or raised red bumps.

Which allergy causes skin rash?

Contact dermatitis is an allergic or irritant reaction that causes a painful or itchy skin rash. You can get contact dermatitis by coming into contact with an allergen (like poison ivy) or an irritant (like a chemical). You need to stay aware of which allergen causes allergy.

How long should a rash last before seeing a doctor?

Ideally, the rashes subside within 2 days. If the symptoms persist for two to four weeks and if the rash is on your face or genitals, and it is painful or widespread, then it’s time to consult a skin specialist.

Do rashes go away on their own?

Most rashes are temporary and get cleared up on their own. But if they take longer to heal then it is better to consult a dermatologist. If you are in Vadodara, you can visit our hospital for skin-related problems.

Treatments

What is the medicine for skin rashes?

Generally, you should avoid taking OTC medicine. Because if you have some other disease then it might interfere with that. However, Hydrocortisone cream (1%) is an OTC cream that is available without a prescription to soothe rashes.

Stronger cortisone creams are available with a prescription. Alternatively, you can apply petroleum jelly like Vaseline, or moisturizer. Calamine lotion works wonders for rashes.

Remember the good old days when we used to have baths with besan and haldi/turmeric mixed with milk instead of soap? You can try that instead of soap till the time rashes don’t go away.

For any kinds of expert consultancies required, you can contact us at Janvi Multispeciality hospital. Along with me, we have a team of the best skin specialist doctors at our hospital. Never ignore symptoms, they can lead us to other diseases and timely intervention can help.

Precautions & Prevention

When to approach a skin specialist doctor in Vadodara for skin rashes?

Do you know the fact that people are reluctant to visit dermatologists for skin issues? They consider it to be trivial and that will get ‘ok’ with time.

But let me tell you one thing, skin problems take time to heal and they spread rapidly. Some problems are even infectious. Hence, never ignore skin issues and consult your skin specialist in vadodara immediately if you observe the following problems.

  • The rash is all over your body.
  • Presence fever with the rash.
  • The rash appears suddenly and spreads rapidly.
  • The rash begins to form a blister.
  • The rash is painful.
  • The rash is infected.

In all of the above conditions, skin rashes are treated as an emergency and need medical attention.

What is the fastest way to get rid of a rash?

Cold compress is the simple and plain answer. As a skin specialist doctor, whenever I get a call from a patient asking for a quick remedy or tablet to stop itching, I ask them to apply a cold compress or apply damp cloth.
Even a quick cold shower helps to stop itching. It also helps to keep rash under control by stopping the spread. Drinking water can provide relief to a great extent.

If you still have any questions, you are free to ask them in the comment section. Kindly share this article with the people so that they too can benefit from it. Take care!

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