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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!

By Dr. Maloney
February 16, 2015
Category: Skin News
Tags: Eczema   Dermatitis   Rashes  

 

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Atopic dermatitis is an itchy rash that comes and goes with redness, scaling, and swelling.

Atopic dermatitis can affect patients’ sleep, daily living, and overall well-being. Damage to the skin barrier in atopic dermatitis allows for increased loss of water resulting in dry, itchy skin, skin infections, and increased skin allergies. Patients with atopic dermatitis may also have allergic diseases such as asthma, hay fever, and food allergies.

ATOPIC DERMATITIS FACTS

 

  • Atopic dermatitis affects more than 1 in 10 US children and 1 in 10 to 14 US adults.

  • Most atopic dermatitis begins in infancy and lasts for years.

  • More than 4 in 5 children with atopic dermatitis have their disease as adults.

  • Up to 6 in 10 adults with atopic dermatitis report first getting their disease as an adult.

  • In infants, it affects the face and scalp. In older children and adults, it affects the creases of the elbows, backs of the knees, front of the neck, wrists, and ankles.

  • Rubbing and scratching results in thickening of the skin and over time worsens the itch.

 

ATOPIC DERMATITIS IN PEOPLE WITH BLACK SKIN

 

  • Atopic dermatitis affects 1 in 5 black children and 1 in 10 white children in the United States.

  • Genetic defects in skin barrier (filaggrin gene) are found in more than 20% of whites and fewer than 5% of blacks with atopic dermatitis.

  • Patients with black skin can have atopic dermatitis show up with:

    • Papular eczema, or brown bumps;

    • Follicular eczema, or accentuation of hair follicles;

    • Lichenoid eczema, or flat-topped bumps from rubbing; and/or

    • Skin more often involved in nonflexural areas.

 

 

There is no cure for atopic dermatitis. Treatments moisturize and soothe the skin, repair the skin barrier, and calm the itch and inflammation. The treatment will depend on how much of your skin is involved. If only a little skin is affected, use of mild soaps, cool baths or showers, or a lot of skin moisturizer and ointments applied to the skin may be enough. If a large area is involved, then oral medicines, UV light therapy, and other treatments may also be needed

 

From JAMA Dermatol. 2014;150(12):1380. doi:10.1001/jamadermatol.2014.2757 by Jonathan I. Silverberg, MD, PhD, MPH

 


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