Rashes lead to unbearable symptoms like intense itching and unsightly bumps, but Robert Polisky, MD, and his talented staff at Elk Grove Dermatology can ease your symptoms. Located in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, Dr. Polisky is not only a board-certified dermatologist, but he’s also a board-certified internist. This expertise helps him identify the cause of your rash in order to recommend the most effective treatment possible. If you’re suffering from a skin rash, schedule a consultation at Elk Grove Dermatology online or by phone.
A rash isn’t a specific medical diagnosis; it’s a term used to describe a red or discolored area of your skin that’s irritated or swollen.
There are several ways to identify rashes. Rashes with small, flat red patches are referred to as macular, while rashes with raised red bumps are papular. If both flat and raised bumps are present, your rash is maculopapular. When blisters are present, you have a vesicular rash.
Rashes can appear in people of all ages, and nearly everyone will have a rash at some point in their lives. The most common skin rashes are eczema, hives, contact dermatitis, psoriasis, and athlete’s foot.
Skin rashes can appear with a variety of symptoms, including:
Rashes can occur anywhere on your body, such as your hands and feet, face, buttocks, and genitals. They might come on suddenly or form over several days.
You can develop a skin rash because of several factors, including:
Some people are more susceptible than others to get rashes.
A rash can either clear up fairly quickly on its own or require long-term treatment. At Elk Grove Dermatology, Dr. Polisky and his team work to identify the cause of your skin irritation and determine the most effective course of treatment.
During your comprehensive examination, Dr. Polisky reviews the location and appearance of your rash as well as your symptoms and medical history. Based on your condition, he might recommend additional screenings like allergy testing or blood work to rule out any underlying medical conditions.
Depending on the cause of your rash, Dr. Polisky might suggest several types of treatment, including:
To find relief from your rash symptoms, call Elk Grove Dermatology or schedule an appointment online.