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Rashes services offered in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Punta Gorda, FL

If you have a painful, long-lasting, or severe rash, turn to Associates in Dermatology, with locations in Fort Myers, Cape Coral, and Punta Gorda, Florida. The team of board-certified dermatologists offers treatments for rashes to ease symptoms and diminish your chance of complications. Schedule an evaluation by phone or online today.

What are rashes?

Rashes are red bumps present on your skin that may become inflamed, dry, or itchy. While most people develop minor rashes from time to time, some rashes indicate an underlying problem requiring immediate medical attention. See your dermatologist at the first sign of frequent or bothersome rashes.

What are the hallmark symptoms of rashes?

Rashes can lead to:

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

Your symptoms could be mild, moderate, or severe. Rashes caused by allergic reactions sometimes turn life-threatening, requiring immediate medical care.

What can increase my risk of rashes?

Bacteria, viruses, allergens, and skin conditions may all contribute to rashes. Common risk factors include:

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

Some types of clothing, cosmetic products, or foods can trigger rashes, but the exact cause of a rash isn’t always immediately clear. 

How does a dermatologist diagnose rashes?

To determine the cause of your rash, your dermatologist will complete a thorough exam of your rash. They will first identify a primary, frequent feature. Then, they’ll determine whether your rash is “circular,” “ring-shaped,” “linear,” and “snake-like.” Other characteristics of your rash that are noted include density, color, size, consistency, tenderness, shape, and temperature. The distribution of the rash on your body can also help in diagnosis.

Your dermatologist also reviews your medical history and discusses your lifestyle habits and symptoms. They might order skin patch testing, blood tests, a biopsy, skin prick tests, or other diagnostic tests to determine which method of treatment is best for addressing your rash.

How does my specialist treat rashes?

Your personalized treatment for a rash depends on its severity and cause. Your dermatologist might recommend the following solutions:

  • Diet counseling
  • Other lifestyle changes
  • Oral medications
  • Topical medicines
  • Avoiding certain cosmetic products
  • Allergy treatments

To reduce the chance of developing rashes, use mild natural skin care products, avoid harsh products, and steer clear of known irritants or allergens.

Some rashes persist long-term and require routine management to ease symptoms, while others go away entirely after being treated.

Your dermatologist personalized a treatment plan according to your needs and follows up with you when needed to maximize your skin’s health. 

Call Associates in Dermatology or use the online booking tool today to get treatment for rashes.