Rashes Specialist

Dr. Jon's Urgent Care Center

Family Practice & Urgent Care located in Martinsville, VA

There are many different possible causes of rashes, including allergic reactions and skin conditions such as eczema. Determining the reason behind the rash is an important step in treatment -- Dr. Jon’s Urgent Care Center in Martinsville, Virginia can do the tests needed to make the proper diagnosis. The medical team at Dr. Jon's Urgent Care Center will give you an accurate diagnosis, providing you with treatment recommendations and relief from rashes at last.

Rashes

Dr. Jon's Urgent Care Center

When do you need to get help for a rash?

Any rash should be seen by your doctor as soon as possible. Rashes that are painful or that change in size are especially urgent.


What type of symptoms may accompany a rash?

Sometimes, a rash doesn't have any obvious symptoms, but in other cases there are serious accompanying symptoms. These symptoms can include:

  • Breathing issues
  • Swelling in any part of the body
  • Dizzy spells
  • Headache
  • Joint pain
  • Fever
  • Confusion
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea


These additional symptoms can indicate a serious illness that may require immediate treatment.


How can you determine the origin of the rash?

It can be quite challenging to determine the origin of a rash. However, by discussing your recent medical history and life with your doctor, it can be done. For example, if you've recently changed detergents and suddenly have a rash on your chest and arms, the rash may be an allergic reaction.

There are also times when it's more challenging to pin down the origin of the rash. Blood tests, skin tests, and other types of tests may be done to isolate the cause of the rash so that treatment can begin. Allergy testing is available at Dr Jon's Urgent Care by appointment.


What happens if you scratch a rash?

The very worst thing you can do when you have a rash is to start scratching. By giving in to the itching, you'll likely agitate the skin further, break open the skin, and possibly spread an infection even more. While it's hard not to scratch, there are treatments that can make it much easier.


How are rashes treated?

At Dr. Jon’s Urgent Care Center, rashes are treated individually based on their cause and symptoms. Most rashes respond to topical medications like creams, gels, or ointments. In some cases, oral medication may be needed to resolve the rash.

When the rash occurs due to a skin condition such as eczema, lifestyle adjustments may be helpful as well. This can include treatments like cool baths with soothing oatmeal or avoiding agitation of the rash by wearing certain materials or types of clothing. As long as you get help promptly when a rash develops, your chances for rash relief are excellent.