A common dermatology complaint is the presence of rashes. Rashes may differ in appearance–they may be raised or flat, with or without flaky scale, they may range in color, size, shape of lesions and/or distribution on the body. Rashes may also differ in symptoms-some may be entirely devoid of symptoms while others may feel itchy, burn or even be painful.
An accurate diagnosis of the rash is an essential component to formulating an effective treatment regimen. A trained dermatologist can often rely on an office appointment clinical exam to determine the type of rash and best treatment option. In instances where the dermatologist determines that there are multiple possibities, a sample of skin can be biopsied and sent to a pathology lab to further determine the exact type of rash. In addition to symptom control and improvement in appearance, a visit to a dermatologist can help ensure the best way to avoid recurrence of a rash, depending on its etiology.
Treatment regimens are determined based on both the type and severity of rash. In certain instances, topical medications may alleviate a rash whereas in other situations, an oral medication may be necessary. Even common rashes, such as eczema or hives, may require a dermatologist with expertise in treating rashes and knowledge of cutting edge treatments to optimally manage a patient’s condition. Dr Shimrat Notik is a board certified dermatologist dedicated to accurately diagnosing and effectively managing rashes of all severities, in both children and adults, with the latest, most appropriate and most advanced therapies.