Altering the color, texture or appearance of your skin, a rash is a skin condition that can affect any part of your body. Some rashes may be localized to a certain area while others can spread, and many rashes can be treated with at-home remedies. But how do you know if your rash is or has become more severe, and when should you bring it to the attention of your dermatologist? If you notice any of the following symptoms, schedule an appointment with your skin doctor immediately for further evaluation.
Ineffective Home Treatment
There are a number of over-the-counter remedies that can be used to treat a rash. If these at-home treatments have no effect on or even exacerbate skin irritation, schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. Without a professional diagnosis, you may be treating the wrong kind of skin condition or worsening it. If you are unsure of your rash’s root cause, call your dermatologist before attempting to treat it on your own.
Persistent or Serious Symptoms
If you still have a rash after a few days, or if you are experiencing severe symptoms like swelling, difficulty breathing, bleeding or peeling skin, visit your skin doctor immediately. These symptoms are signs that you require immediate and professional treatment for your skin condition. You should also visit your dermatologist if your rash appears to be spreading; a medical diagnosis can help you receive the right treatment to prevent the condition from progressing.
Some rashes, like those that develop from eczema, cannot necessary be cured, only managed. If you recognize your rash as one you’ve had before, check in with your dermatologist to see if you are contending with a chronic condition. With his or her help, you can learn more about your rash and how to control triggers that lead to breakouts. Continued dermatological care may eventually help you to control your condition more permanently and with fewer flare-ups.
For more information about keeping your skin healthy and beautiful, contact Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. To locate an office or dermatologist near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.