Rashes and Hives

Although rashes rarely indicate a serious condition, they can still cause serious discomfort. Most hives and rashes are caused by allergic reactions, an infection or an adverse reaction to a medication. They can normally be treated with gentle cleaning, anti-itch cream and antibiotic ointment. Because some rashes can indicate a more serious underlying condition, it’s always best to have this symptom checked out by a dermatologist.

Hives or rashes may be caused by a number of different things. A food allergy, insect bite, adverse reaction to medication or another type of exposure can all be culprits to this temporary indisposition. Though these symptoms do pass, they can be very uncomfortable and alarming while present. The only way to ensure proper diagnosis and skin disorder treatment is through consultation with an experienced dermatologist. Affiliated Dermatology can help identify the trigger that caused the reaction, prescribe an antihistamine and suggest ways to make the condition more comfortable until it subsides.

Skin Irritations

Whether the skin is reacting to outside factors such as plants, or erupting due to conditions from inside the body, it is important to know that all irritations can be calmed and cured. Some common skin irritations are Dandruff, Eczema, Contact Dermatitis, Stasis Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Hives, Heat Rash, Folliculitis and Shingles. It is important to note that these conditions all have different root causes. There are irritations caused by contact with a substance or contact dermatitis, there are irritations caused by bacterial infections.

Skin irritations are a sign that our bodies are working, telling us that something is amiss. There are dozens of treatments for various kinds of skin irritations. Over-the-counter products are available to sooth symptoms and heal contact dermatitis and bacterial irritations, but viral irritations need to be resolved with medications prescribed by your dermatologist.

For contact dermatitis, 1% hydrocortisone cream or topical steroid can help alleviate irritation. This is an ultra-mild treatment option that is safe – even on the face. Some treatments that don’t require a prescription are: anti-itch creams like Cortisol, oral antihistamines such as Benadryl, ER gel’s healing ointment, PCA Skin’s Anti-Redness serum or a topical antifungal for fungal rashes. For viral irritations such as shingles, medications such as acyclovir, famciclovir and valacyclovir will work to cure outbreaks. Symptoms can also be treated with topical antibiotics.


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