The skin is a sensitive organ that can become irritated from a variety of sources. Anything from an allergic reaction to liver disease can cause irritation to appear in the form of a rash, and this can be quite painful. Rashes might present redness, inflammation, blisters, pimples, dry skin patches, and most commonly, itchiness. Knowing the source of the type of rash you are experiencing will help you determine when medical attention is necessary. Here are a few of the leading causes for skin rashes that you might encounter:
- Contact dermatitis: When your skin is exposed to certain chemicals or substances, it may break out in a rash. This reaction occurs either because the substance is generally an irritant, like poison oak, or because you are allergic to the substance. In an allergic reaction, antihistamines are often helpful, but severe allergies may need to be treated by a doctor, as they can cause further complications.
- Viral infections: Some viral infections do not go away, but will lie dormant in the body most of the time. Only during a breakout will you experience skin irritation, and your doctor can work with you to provide medication that will minimalize breakouts if you do have a viral infection, such as herpes.
- Fungal infections: There are several types of fungal infections that are of the same origin. These irritations include yeast infections, ringworm, athlete’s foot, and thrush. Rashes of this nature can spread to other areas of the body quickly, but they are treatable with topical creams and ointments.
- Insect irritation: Mites and other types of insects may target the skin and leave you with a painful, blistering rash. Bed bugs are a common source of skin irritation in large cities, as they spread through multi-residence buildings rather quickly. Scabies is another type of mite irritation that is highly contagious and very irritating. In order to treat scabies, you need to apply topical medication that kills the mites in the skin.
When you have any type of skin irritation that just won’t quit, visit CityMD for rapid treatment at convenient hours in the heart of Manhattan. Find our nearest urgent care location to you by calling (212) 772-3627 or visit our website to learn how we can help you.