Acute Rashes

Acute Rashes

Rashes are abnormal changes in skin’s texture and/or color, often resulting in red, itchy, raised skin. Rashes can have many causes and usually result from skin inflammation. An acute rash means the rash starts suddenly, worsens quickly, and lasts for a short period of time. Acute rashes may be caused by a disease or may be a reaction to something the patient is allergic to.
The most common types of rashes include:

  • Eczema: Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become dry, red and itchy. Having a personal or family history of eczema, allergies, hay fever or asthma is the primary risk factor for eczema.
  • Urticaria (hives): Urticaria appears suddenly as patches and raised areas of swollen skin. The area affected may itch or have a burning sensation. This rash is often caused by allergens found in the air and contact with latex or certain foods.
  • Pityriasis rosea: This rash usually begins as a large oval spot on the chest, abdomen or back and can cause itching, which is occasionally severe.

Symptoms of Acute Rashes:

Common symptoms of a rash include:

  • Itchiness
  • Skin redness
  • Dry or scaly skin
  • Formation of small, fluid-filled blisters
  • Raised, swollen skin

Treatment for Acute Rashes:

Treatment will depend on the condition causing the rash. Treatment options may include the following:
Medications – NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), antihistamines, steroids, and antibiotics.
Systemic medications – Immunomodulators
Light therapy – UVA and UVB light
At ForCare Medical Center, we can help you manage your acute rashes and find relief today. Contact ForCare Medical Center today to schedule your appointment.