Rash Treatment Specialist Questions and Answers
Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center provides diagnosis and treatment for various types of rash. For more information, call us today or schedule an appointment online. We also accept walk-ins for urgent care visits. We have convenient locations to serve near you in Liberty NY, Williamsburg Brooklyn NY, Flatbush Brooklyn NY, and nearby areas!
What kind of doctor treats skin rashes?
Depending on the cause of your rash and the severity of it, your family doctor or primary care physician may be able to diagnose and provide treatment for your rash. If not, they will refer you to a dermatologist, which is a doctor that specializes in skin, nails, and hair. Their medical training is focused on the structure, function, and any disorders that can affect the skin, hair, or nails. Other branches of medical professionals can also diagnose and treat rashes, depending on the patient, the cause, and the treatment. Pediatricians can treat rashes in babies and children for most forms of childhood rashes. Internists and infectious disease specialists can also treat skin rashes, largely dependent on the source and root cause of the rash. In most cases though, treatment will start with your family doctor, who may then refer you to a dermatologist or an infectious disease specialist who will be able to diagnose and treat the more serious rashes. At Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center clinics we can diagnose and treat many different rashes by appointment or through our walk-in urgent care.
What does a viral rash look like?
A viral rash is a rash that is caused by a virus, typically the result of a viral infection that can cause a rash to form on the skin. They will usually disappear on their own, once the viral infection has cleared up. The characteristics and symptoms of a viral rash can vary from one person to the next, depending on the infection. In most cases, they appear in the form of splotchy, red spots that can either appear suddenly or gradually over the course of several days. The rashes can affect a small area of the body or they can cover multiple areas all over the body. Rashes caused by a viral infection can also feel painful to the touch and itchy. It can be hard to tell if a rash is due to a viral infection, or some other cause. Viral rashes will typically be accompanied by the symptoms of a viral infection, which can include fever, chills, fatigue, and body aches. The doctors at Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center can confirm if the rash you are experiencing has been caused by a viral infection and provide you with some recommendations on how to help it clear up.
How long does it take for an allergic rash to go away?
There are many different allergens that can cause allergic rashes to form on the skin. The rash can form either as the result of direct contact with an allergen or as the result of exposure to an allergen that is ingested. Treatment is available for allergic rashes if needed, but in most cases, they will clear up on their own once the offending allergen has been removed or passed through the body’s immune system. Allergic rashes can last anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks, depending on the severity of the reaction and the length of time of the exposure that caused the reaction. In some cases, allergic rashes can be a chronic condition that will flare up on occasion and can last for weeks, or potentially even months, as is the case with eczema flare-ups. Hives can also be a chronic condition that flares up once in a while.
How do you treat rashes?
Rashes can be treated in several different ways, although in most cases they don’t require treatment and need to just run their course through your body. If the itching is really bad, you can buy, or your doctor may prescribe, a form of topical cream or an antihistamine to provide some relief. Alternatively, there are other at-home treatments you can try. Above all, don’t scratch the rash as this will only make it worse and can also lead to infection. One of the most common treatments is cold, whether it be a cold compress, cool, damp cloth, or a cool shower, the cold can provide relief as well as ease itching, stop swelling and slow the spread and progression of the rash. Other at-home treatments include oatmeal baths, Epsom salts, coconut oil, fresh aloe vera gel, baking soda, tea tree oil, and apple cider vinegar, among others. Many of these are commonly found in the pantry, or easily attainable at a grocery store. The doctors at Ahava Medical and Rehabilitation Center can help you determine what caused your rash and determine the best course of action to help relieve the itchiness and speed up your recovery.
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