Skin Rashes in New Jersey
Is your skin itchy, red, bumpy or simply "acting weird"?
Rashes come in many forms and are generally described as a change in the color, appearance or texture of the skin. They may be localized to one or two body parts or cover the entire skin. Some rashes can itch or be painful.
What causes skin rashes?
Like their appearance, the causes of rashes vary widely. Skin rashes may be the product of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection, such as shingles or athlete's foot, or the result of a chronic inflammatory condition, such as eczema, rosacea or psoriasis. They may develop from contact with irritating dyes in clothing or ingredients in make up. Exposure to heat or chafing materials can elicit a rash.
Determining the cause of a rash is the first step in treatment. If a rash is persistent and thought to be an allergic reaction, patch testing may be used to identify the cause. Rash treatments may include lifestyle changes, topical medications, oral medications and/or surgery.
Rash Quick Facts
- Common causes of rashes include allergies, infections and irritants.
- Rashes can occur anywhere there is skin, even on the eyelids and under fingernails.
- Avoiding irritating substances can significantly improve some types of persistent rashes.
While many rashes are minor, they can be a symptom of something more serious. Speak with New Jersey's skin specialists at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Care if you're concerned about a rash.