A rash requires medical attention if it causes an increasing level of pain, if it changes colors, if it is accompanied by a tightening in the throat or breathing problems, if it is accompanied by joint pain, if the rash spreads, if the rash is oozing, if a fever of 100 degrees or higher accompanies the rash, if vomiting accompanies the rash, or if serious head or neck pain accompanies the rash. Any rash that appears very suddenly with no apparent cause should be investigated promptly.
Rashes can be hard to identify since there are so many potential causes. It is especially helpful if patients take notes about exactly when, where, and how the rash appeared. This can give the doctor a good point from which to make a diagnosis. It may also be helpful in planning treatment.
No. A rash should never be scratched. By scratching the rash, it can be spread and made considerably worse.
The treatment for rashes includes a variety of prescription and non-prescription topical ointments, topical creams, and topical gels. In some cases, oral medication is needed to help the rash heal, particularly when the rash has become infected or has spread significantly.
After the rash has healed, patients can continue to care for the newly healed skin in several ways. This includes using a gentle skin cleanser every day, avoiding harsh cosmetics and perfumes, allowing the skin to breathe by wearing lightweight cotton clothes, moisturizing with an emollient-rich product, and taking oatmeal baths on a regular basis. The doctor can recommend a number of different ways to manage and prevent rashes of all types.