Rashes services offered in Near John C. Lincoln hospital , Phoenix, AZ

If you develop red bumps or splotches on your skin, these symptoms might simply be a nuisance or the sign of an underlying medical issue requiring treatment. At Dermatology Associates, with two locations in Phoenix, Arizona, the board-certified dermatology team finds the root cause of rashes and treats it to clear up your skin and make it less itchy. Schedule an appointment by phone or online today to get treated for rashes. 

Rashes Q & A

What are rashes?

Rashes are skin conditions that cause inflamed, bumpy, red skin that’s often itchy or dry. Nearly everyone develops a rash at some point during their lifetime. Some rashes feel uncomfortable. They’re caused by numerous conditions, some of which are severe. Viruses, bacteria, skin conditions, and allergens can all contribute to rashes. 

See the Dermatology Associates team if you have severe, uncomfortable, long-lasting, or frequent rashes. They determine the root cause and how to best treat your rash. 

What are the symptoms of rashes?

Rashes can cause:

  • Red bumps or splotches
  • Itchy skin
  • Bumpy skin
  • Large red welts
  • Dry or rough skin patches
  • Blistering
  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Inflamed skin
  • Flaking 
  • Scaling 
  • Redness
  • Irritation 

These symptoms range in severity from mild to severe. They could indicate a life-threatening allergic reaction requiring immediate medical intervention.

What are the risk factors for rashes?

The common risk factors for developing rashes include:

  • Allergies
  • Bacterial infections
  • Family history of rashes
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis 
  • Other skin conditions
  • Skin irritants
  • Viruses
  • Poison ivy
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Shingles 
  • Rosacea 
  • Harsh skin care products

Some cosmetic products, clothing, or certain foods can trigger rashes. Sometimes the cause of a rash isn’t entirely clear. 

How is the cause of rashes diagnosed?

To pinpoint the root cause of rashes, a Dermatology Associates specialist examines your skin, evaluates the rash, reviews your medical history, and discusses your symptoms and lifestyle habits. They may suggest blood testing, skin patch testing, skin prick tests, a biopsy, or other diagnostic tests to determine the best course of treatment.

How are rashes treated?

The rash treatment that’s best for you depends on the cause of your rash. A Dermatology Associates specialist may recommend one or more of the following:

  • Avoiding certain cosmetic products
  • Altering your diet
  • Other lifestyle changes
  • Oral medications
  • Topical medicines
  • Allergy treatment

Ways to reduce the risk of developing rashes include avoiding known irritants and using mild, natural skin care products instead of harsh products. 

Some rashes go away entirely after treatment, while others persist and require longer-term management to ease bothersome symptoms. 

The Dermatology Associates team tailors your treatment plan and follows up with you to ensure success. 

Schedule an appointment at Dermatology Associates by phone or online today to determine the cause of rashes and treat them.