Rashes

Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice

Family Medicine located in Greensburg, PA, Mt. Pleasant, PA, Donegal, PA

Rashes can be a minor skin irritation or a sign of a serious health problem like Lyme disease. Milad Shaker, MD, diagnoses and treats rashes in patients of all ages at Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. If you have a rash that requires medical attention, call ahead or walk in without an appointment as soon as possible.

Rashes Q & A

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What are the different types of rashes?

Rashes are areas of irritated skin, but they don’t all look the same. Different types of rashes create unique signs and symptoms, including:

General rash

These rashes cause redness or red streaks on your skin and are often itchy. Scratching may cause the skin to swell.

Hives

Hives are itchy, red, or pink welts that pop up on your skin. They’re slightly raised and appear in various shapes and sizes.

Heat rash

Heat rash involves tiny, raised bumps that may look like pimples. This type of rash commonly occurs on the forehead, neck, or shoulders.

Blisters

Blisters are fluid-filled bumps that look like bubbles on the surface of your skin. They may be painful or itchy. Scratching blisters may cause them to break open and weep fluid.

What causes rashes?

Several medical conditions, as well as contact with a variety of substances, can cause rashes. Common causes of rashes include:

  • Contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac
  • Fungal or parasitic infections, such as ringworm
  • Allergic reactions to substances, such as nickel
  • Viral or bacterial infections, such as chickenpox
  • Skin conditions, such as eczema or psoriasis

Sometimes, the cause of your rash is obvious, like when you touch something and immediately break out in a rash. Most of the time, diagnosing the cause of your rash requires medical care. Dr. Shaker determines the source of your rash or refers you to a specialist for additional testing.

When should I seek urgent care for a rash?

Most rashes get better on their own within a day or two. You should visit Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice if you experience any of the following:

  • Rash covers your entire body
  • Fever accompanies the rash
  • The rash appears suddenly and spreads quickly
  • Rash blisters or becomes open sores

Additionally, you should come to Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice any time you have a rash that causes pain or shows signs of infection, such as:

  • Warmth to the touch
  • Red streaks
  • Swelling
  • Seeping green or yellow fluid
  • Crusting

Dr. Shaker thoroughly evaluates your rash and recommends the best treatment. If he suspects your rash is due to a severe allergic reaction, he may refer you to an allergist/immunologist for additional tests.

If you have a rash that requires medical treatment, call Shaker Urgent Care & Family Practice or walk in without an appointment today.

 

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