But What About Adult Rashes?
We often hear about diaper rashes and eczema that usually occur in youngsters, but you don’t hear as much about rashes in older folks. Skin rashes are associated with a multitude of inflammatory conditions including blisters, sores, hives, and itchy skin. Knowing when to go to your dermatologist is really determined by the severity of the rash.
It’s best to see your skin care professional if you notice a rash with these characteristics:
- It suddenly appears—Sudden rashes can be a dangerous allergic response to a food or medication. In some cases, this can quickly become a serious problem that results in anaphylactic shock. If breathing becomes difficult, dial 911 immediately.
- Spreading rash—A rash that takes over the body could be indicative of a bacterial or viral infection or an allergic reaction.
- Infected rash—If you have itchy skin, it is easy to scratch it and cause the breaking of capillaries and skin cells, contributing to infection. If you see and smell malodorous excretions emanating from a skin rash or nail infection, see a dermatologist for treatment to prevent further consequences.
- Painful or burning rash—This could be a sign of shingles, which is a remnant of the chickenpox virus.
- Rash with a fever—Fever rashes are usually an indication of a serious allergic reaction or infection. These can include shingles, scarlet fever, and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, so have any rashes looked at to avoid future complications.
There are a plethora of skin conditions or diseases that could be causing your rash, so it can be difficult to figure out the cause. Always seek the assistance of an experienced, board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Juan Vaillant of Old Bridge Dermatology has been treating patients for hair, skin, and nail problems for over 30 years, and has the extensive background needed to help address a variety of dermatological issues. Dr. Vaillant has successfully treated acne, eczema, dandruff, hair loss, psoriasis, and nail fungus. If you are looking for an amiable, highly skilled dermatologist, call our office in Old Bridge, NJ at (732) 679-0222 and make an appointment.