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By Cherry Creek Dermatology
January 26, 2016
Category: Skin Health
Tags: Rashes  

Find out more about the common types of rashes and what could be causing them.

Are you dealing with a rash? Most of the time a rash is an innocuous thing that appears as if out of nowhere and then often goes away rashon its own, but other times it might be indicative of something more serious. If you are currently dealing with a rash find out more about it, its causes and when to see your Denver, CO dermatologist Dr. James Maloney III for care.

What is a rash?

Rashes come in all different shapes, sizes and colors. They can appear in just one area of the skin or can cover the entire body. Rashes are characterized by spots of red, inflamed and sometimes itchy skin. Rashes are usually only temporary and can be a symptom of an underlying condition.

Rashes may be raised, flat, knotted or contain pus-filled blisters.

What causes rashes?

There are many issues that can cause a rash to manifest and when you visit your Denver, CO skin doctor about your rash he will be able to pinpoint the main source. Some of the most common issues include,

Infectious diseases

Rashes can come about as a result of a bacteria, fungus, virus, etc. Common infectious diseases are chickenpox, ringworm, shingles, scabies, measles, herpes and Lyme disease.

Allergic reactions

Often referred to as contact dermatitis this rash appears once exposed to an allergen. The rash usually appears suddenly and is itchy. Allergen can be just about anything but they are commonly plants (e.g. poison ivy), cosmetics, rubber or metal, food or drugs. If experiencing a drug allergy you will most often experience other symptoms like fever, irregular heartbeat, difficulty breathing, nausea and/or vomiting. It’s important that you see a doctor right away if you are experiencing a drug-related allergy.

Autoimmune disorders

Disorders that cause the immune system to attack the body (e.g. lupus) often have a very specific rash.

Nutritional disorders, some cancers and diaper rash (in babies) are also common problems that can cause a rash.

When should you see your skin doctor in Cherry Hill about your rash?

  • If your rash doesn’t go away or improve within a couple days
  • If you are also experiencing other symptoms like a fever, joint pain, headache, sore throat or body aches
  • If the rash continues to get worse
  • If there is oozing or pus (signs of infection)
  • If there are fluid-filled blisters
  • If the rash is painful
  • If the rash showed up after taking a certain medication, being stung by an insect or after eating

Let the dermatology team at Cherry Creek Dermatology in Denver give you the healthy, beautiful skin you’ve been looking for. Whether you are dealing with age spots, melanoma or acne no issue is too hard for us to tackle. Call our office today!



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