Skin rashes are common, but that doesn’t mean they’re not concerning — and it also doesn’t mean they don’t require medical attention. Knowing when to seek care for a rash can relieve symptoms and prevent serious complications.
Our team, at Southwest Michigan Dermatology, helps patients understand potential causes of rashes, providing treatments focused on restoring skin health and helping patients feel better. If you have a rash, here’s how to tell when to call our office and make an appointment.
If your rash is uncomfortable enough to make sleeping difficult, if your clothing irritates it, or if it distracts you from other activities, seeing one of our providers can help relieve your symptoms to return to your routine.
Most rashes clear up within a few days. If your rash persists or worsens, you need to see a Dermatologist to find out why.
A rash that covers a large area of your body could be a sign of a systemic problem that needs prompt medical treatment. Likewise, rashes that spread quickly indicate a rapidly developing problem requiring care. Widespread rashes can also lead to other symptoms, and medical treatment can help prevent those problems from developing.
Some mild itchiness is common with many rashes, and a little tenderness may not be anything to worry about. But suppose your rash is painful or accompanied by intense itching or swelling. In that case, seeking medical attention immediately to rule out any serious underlying issues, including severe allergic reactions that could interfere with breathing, is essential.
Rashes that develop blisters or open or weeping sores should also be evaluated medically. These rashes can indicate a severe allergic reaction, a reaction to medication, or an underlying medical issue that can quickly lead to complications.
If your rash is accompanied by elevated body temperature, nausea, or fatigue, that could be a sign of an infection — and an indication that your rash needs to be evaluated immediately. The rash itself could be infected, or you might have an infection elsewhere that’s causing both the fever and the rash. Measles, shingles, and scarlet fever are all examples of infections accompanied by rashes.
Speaking of infection, if your rash shows signs of infection — like swelling, crusting, pain, warmth, or pus discharge — immediate medical attention is required to prevent the infection from spreading to the rest of your body. Serious infections can quickly become life-threatening, and antibiotic therapy or other management is necessary to prevent complications.
Skin rashes aren’t always serious, but they’re never normal. If you have a rash, don’t leave it up to chance. Call Southwest Michigan Dermatology at 269-321-7546 or request an appointment online today and learn how we can help.