Usually the appearance of a rash on your body is an easily treated and contained problem. Sometimes, however, a rash means something more serious and you should seek your dermatologist for treatment immediately.
Some rashes, such as dermatitis, appear after your skin as come into contact with some sort of allergen: plant, material, or atmosphere.
Your rash might develop immediately, or it might take several days to develop. Sometimes a rash fades and later returns, other rashes can last a long time.
If your rash does not respond to over-the-counter oral antihistamines or a hydrocortisone cream or lotion, you may want to see your dermatologist for a stronger, prescribed solution.
Sometimes a rash can signify a much more serious issue and immediate dermatologist help is recommended.
If your rashes presents with any of the following symptoms, seek help from your dermatologist or healthcare professional right away:
- If you have trouble breathing, call 911. Trouble breathing with an allergic reaction can be very serious and needs to be tended to immediately.
- If your rash covers your body, call your dermatologist immediately.
- If you develop a fever with your rash you should seek help immediately. This could be an infection or an allergic reaction.
- Sometimes rashes cause blisters. If this happens to you, and especially if the blisters are near open or sensitive areas of your body, contact your dermatologist.
- Rashes may be itchy and uncomfortable, but if your rash is causing you pain, contact your dermatologist immediately.
- If your rash lesions become open or sores develop, you could be heading for infection. If open lesions are runny, swollen, warm, or have red streaks, please seek immediate help from your dermatologist.
Because a rash can quickly appear, make it a habit to do a quick body check when bathing your baby or small child. Allergies and allergic reactions can happen quickly, and a quick medical response is essential.