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Professional treatment for rashes in Algonquin
Rash is a general term for a variety of conditions that result in symptoms such as inflammation, changes in skin color and texture, itching, and discomfort. Initially, many rashes don’t seem to be significant. You might be tempted to ignore them or treat them with over-the-counter medications. However, a rash can be an indication of a more serious situation, and scratching could lead to secondary infection or scarring. It is best to schedule a visit to Dermatology Specialists of Illinois for a professional look at rashes. Algonquin-area patients trust Dr. Vic Khanna for accurate diagnosis and gentle, effective treatment.
Common types of rashes
Allergic – Irritation may be caused by contact with skin care products, soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, or fabric softener. Metals (especially alloys containing nickel), adhesives, nail polish, plants, and latex are additional culprits. Allergic skin reactions may occur from oral or topical medications, or foods. Allergy-related rashes usually present as redness, bumps that may ooze, welts, and itching.
Bacterial – Symptoms caused by Lyme disease and scarlet fever are examples of bacterial rashes. They occur when bacteria, usually in the staphylococcus aureus or streptococcus pyogenes families, infiltrate broken skin from even a small wound. It is important to correctly identify the bacterial strain causing the rash, for effective treatment.
Autoimmune – Those suffering from disorders of the immune system such as lupus, scleroderma, or dermatomyositis may experience inflammatory rashes when the body misdirects an immune reaction toward healthy skin tissues. Often, it is impossible to determine what was touched or eaten to trigger the rash, but symptoms may be addressed to relieve discomfort and clear the skin.
Viral – Rashes in children, other than eczema, are often viral in nature. Chickenpox, measles, roseola, and fifth disease usually resolve naturally without medical intervention. However, symptoms mimic other conditions, so professional diagnosis is recommended. Dr. Khanna can also recommend treatments to relieve itching and minimize the risk of lifelong scars.
Dr. Khanna is experienced in visual identification of rashes, and the Dermatology Specialists of Illinois facility is equipped for testing and biopsy to aid in diagnosis. Because each patient and skin type is different, Dr. Khanna customizes care. Treatment may include topical or oral medications, light therapies, high quality skin care products, and recommendations for lifestyle changes to prevent rashes from recurring.
Call (844) 307-7546 for the qualified care of a Board-certified dermatologist for rashes, in the Algonquin and Lake in the Hills area.