The itchy irritation and redness of a rash can be maddening. At Knight Dermatology Institute in Lake Mary, Winter Park, and Orlando, Florida, the team of expert providers can evaluate your rash, offer treatment, and determine if it’s a symptom of a medical problem. Call one of the offices or book an appointment using the online tool to have the irritation of your rash addressed today.
Rashes are often your skin’s response to an irritating substance or an allergy. Contact dermatitis is the name for a rash that results from touching an irritant, such as a chemical or soap, or something that triggers an allergic reaction, such as poison ivy.
Rashes sometimes indicate that you suffer from atopic eczema, a chronic condition that causes inflammation, swelling, or irritation of the skin. Eczema commonly shows up in babies and children and is often outgrown. In some people, eczema can persist into puberty and adulthood.
Eczema shows up equally in both males and females. Up to 20% of children and 1-3% of adults develop the condition.
Eczema has a genetic component and often occurs in people who suffer from asthma or hay fever. Stress can aggravate an eczema flare-up.
An itchy, red rash on your scalp that flakes could be seborrheic dermatitis. This common disease looks similar to eczema or an allergic reaction. Older people are at particular risk of developing this largely hereditary condition. Seborrheic dermatitis is aggravated by sun exposure. Knight Dermatology Institute can offer topical and oral treatments to help you manage the condition.
Most rashes clear up on their own. You can relieve symptoms with over-the-counter anti-itch creams. Persistent rashes may require a prescription topical or oral medication. Treatment of rashes often depends on avoiding the irritant. Your provider can help you determine what’s causing your rash so you don’t trigger the irritation in the future. Often, a laundry detergent, lotion, chemical, or food may be to blame.
If you or your child has chronic eczema, your provider at Knight Dermatology Institute can offer care to help you manage it. He establishes a customized treatment plan to control symptoms. You may benefit from topical steroids, non-steroid drugs, and phototherapy. He can also offer recommendations for gentle moisturizers and bath additives to help you feel more comfortable.
If you have a chronic itchy rash or one that seemingly appears out of nowhere, consult Knight Dermatology Institute for treatment. Call one of the offices or book an appointment using the convenient online tool.