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 are areas of irritated skin, but they don’t all look the same. Different types of rashes create unique signs and symptoms, including:
These rashes cause redness or red streaks on your skin and are often itchy. Scratching may cause the skin to swell.
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 involves tiny, raised bumps that may look like pimples. This type of rash commonly occurs on the forehead, neck, or shoulders.
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.
Several medical conditions, as well as contact with a variety of substances, can cause rashes. Common causes of rashes include:
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.
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:
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:
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.