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How can you tell if a skin rash is serious?

Most individuals experience a skin rash at one point or another in their lifetime. A skin rash can be the result of a number of different things, including allergies, infections, and even certain medical conditions. In most cases, a skin rash is not serious and can be treated at home with over-the-counter (OTC) medications. However, there are some rashes that may require treatment from a healthcare professional.

There are many types of common skin rashes, and the best way to treat a rash depends on its cause.

Typical causes of skin rashes include:

  • Allergies: Allergic reactions often cause a variety of skin rashes, including hives, contact dermatitis, and eczema.
  • Infections: Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections might cause skin rashes. Common infections that cause rashes include chickenpox, measles, and mononucleosis.
  • Medical conditions: Certain medical conditions, like psoriasis and lupus, can result in skin rashes.
  • Certain medications: Certain medications, such as antibiotics and antifungal drugs, can cause skin rashes.
  • Exposure to irritants: Exposure to certain chemicals or other irritants can cause contact dermatitis, a type of skin rash.

If you are unsure of the cause of your rash, seek help from a healthcare professional.

When should I see a dermatologist about a skin rash?

A skin rash is considered serious if it is accompanied by any of the following symptoms:

  • Severe itching
  • Blistering
  • Crusting
  • Swelling
  • Pain
  • Redness extending beyond the rash itself

If you experience any of these above symptoms along with your skin rash, you should see Dr. Sherri Peace of Westchester Dermatology in Los Angeles, CA as soon as possible for an evaluation.

How do I learn more about skin rashes?

Some skin rashes are common or chronic, while others may be a sign of a life-threatening condition. Patients in the Los Angeles, CA community who are in need of an evaluation for a problematic rash should call our team at Westchester Dermatology. Call 310-645-6001 to request an appointment with Dr. Sherri Peace at our facility.

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