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The doctors on Heal can help diagnose and treat rashes. A rash, often called dermatitis, is an area of irritated, inflamed skin that is sometimes red, itchy, and can be painful.

There are many different types of dermatitis which can be caused by a number of different sources including allergens and irritants, skin infections, and genetic conditions. A few of the most common rashes include contact dermatitis, nummular dermatitis, and atopic dermatitis.

Contact Dermatitis
Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin resulting from contact with an allergen or irritant, typically resulting in a pink or red itchy rash. Allergic contact dermatitis is the result of an allergy to something that comes in contact with the skin. Examples of substances that can result in allergic contact dermatitis include poison ivy and other plants, fragrances and dyes, certain metals including nickel (a common metal in earrings), rubber, and preservatives in skin care and other products.

The most common example of irritant contact dermatitis is when the skin on your hands becomes dry and damaged from over-washing.

Nummular Dermatitis
Nummular dermatitis is a skin condition characterized by coin-shaped red plaques seen on the arms, legs, hands, and trunk.

It is most common among:

  • People between the ages of 55 and 65
  • Those who live in hot, arid environments
  • People who take frequent, hot showers

Atopic Dermatitis
Atopic dermatitis, a type of eczema, is a form of dermatitis which results in itching, scaling, swelling, and sometimes blistering of the skin. This type of eczema is usually genetic, resulting from a weakened skin barrier which leaves the skin unable to keep out irritants, allergens, and pathogens, and unable to hold onto moisture. It is often associated with allergies, asthma, and stress.

Although many rashes may resolve themselves, some rashes are the result of chronic skin conditions including rosacea and psoriasis. Other rashes may be the result of bacterial, viral, or fungal infections such as ringworm and hot tub rash.

A licensed primary care doctor can assess your rash, provide a diagnosis, and determine the appropriate protocol for treatment and prevention of further skin irritation. Your doctor can also determine if your rash is a symptom of an undiagnosed, untreated, underlying condition, and provide a comprehensive treatment plan to address the root cause of your symptoms.

If you have a rash that concerns you book a doctor house call with Heal.