Skin Rash

Treatment For Skin Rash In Boise, ID

Skin rashes are a common, and often uncomfortable problem. They can manifest as red, itchy, inflamed, or irritated patches on the skin, often accompanied by other symptoms such as itching, burning, or blistering. Our dermatology team are experts at diagnosing the cause of your skin rash and offering an effective treatment to help you enjoy better skin health.

Skin Rash Causes

Skin rashes can occur due to various causes, including allergies, infections, autoimmune disorders, environmental factors, or underlying medical conditions. These are some of the most common causes of a skin rash:

  • Contact dermatitis: This rash occurs when the skin comes into direct contact with an irritant or allergen, such as certain soaps, cosmetics, metals, or plants like poison ivy.
  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis): A chronic condition characterized by dry, itchy, and inflamed patches of skin commonly involving the face, hands, and insides of elbows, and knees.
  • Psoriasis: Psoriasis causes raised, red patches covered with silvery scales most commonly on the knees and elbows that may be itchy.
  • Hives (urticaria): Hives are itchy, raised welts on the skin that appear suddenly and may change location rapidly, and are usually triggered by an allergic reaction to certain foods, medications, insect bites, or physical stimuli like heat or pressure.
  • Ringworm: Ringworm is a fungal infection that causes a circular, red rash with a raised border.
  • It’s important to note that these descriptions are only brief overviews and do not cover all types of rashes

Home Treatments for a Skin Rash

For a mild rash, you may be able to get relief with over-the-counter remedies, including:

  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Oral antihistamine medications
  • Moisturizing creams

When to Visit Your Dermatologist for Skin Rash Treatment

You should visit your dermatologist for skin rash treatment if:

  • The rash is getting worse
  • The rash is spreading to other areas
  • The rash is not responding to over-the-counter remedies
  • The rash is accompanied by other symptoms, including fever, swelling, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, body aches, and difficulty swallowing

Treatment for Skin Rashes

Depending on what is causing your rash, your dermatologist has several treatment solutions, including:

  • Prescription-strength oral and topical steroids
  • Topical non-steroid creams and ointments
  • Topical and oral antibiotics if infection is a concern
  • Oral and injectable systemic medications
  • Light therapy with controlled targeted ultraviolet light

Want to Learn More?

To find out more about skin rashes and how our dermatology team can help you find relief, call us at (208) 600-1330.