The Truth About Rashes
By Robert C. Griffith, MD
October 22, 2018
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Rash   Eczema   Itchy Skin  

Itchy, unsightly rashes can cause adults and children considerable discomfort and embarrassment. If you're experiencing a disruption in the skin surface any where on your body, please contact your dermatologist in Knoxville, TN Dr. Robert Griffith. He'll give you the straight facts on your skin rash and help you treat it and prevent recurrences.

Skin RashWhat is a rash?

Common sense tells you when you have a skin rash. You just know that your skin does not look or feel normal. Lesions of various colors, shapes and textures appear, and often itching, redness and inflammation accompany them.

While causes of rashes vary, most are not cancerous. Rather these dermatological disruptions usually are self-limiting and highly treatable by your dermatologist in Knoxville. When a rash causes great discomfort or lasts more than a week or so, you should see Dr. Griffith for a visual examination and review of your symptoms and medical history.

Common skin rashes

Dr. Griffith encounters a wide variety of skin rashes in his dermatology practice in Knoxville. Some of the most frequent are:

  • Atopic dermatitis, or eczema, scaly, orange patches of irritated skin which can itch intensely, blister and ooze. This rash erupts and escalates when the individual contacts an allergen or something he or she seems sensitive to--things such as detergents, cosmetics, fragrances, chlorine, latex, certain fabrics and more. Steroidal creams and antihistamines relieve the symptoms, and the doctor advises avoiding known triggers.
  • Ringworm is a raised, round lesion with a defined red border. It is caused by the same fungus which generates jock itch and athlete's foot and responds well to anti-fungal medications.
  • Cutaneous lupus expresses as a large, red, butterfly-shaped rash across the bridge of the nose and cheeks. Autoimmune in nature, cutaneous lupus cannot be cured but can be managed with the help of your dermatologist.
  • Pityriasis rosea is caused by a virus. Sufferers exhibit raised, flat lesions which are not contagious. The American Academy of Dermatology says this rash is self-limiting, and while it needs identification, it should resolve by itself.

Do you have a rash?

Be sure you take care of your skin consistently with daily washing and thorough drying. Moisturize every day, and use an SPF 15 or higher sunscreen in the warm weather.

If you develop a rash, please contact Dr. Robert Griffith and his team right away for an appointment. Call us at (865) 588-1361.

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