Skin Rashes and How You Can Prevent Them
A rash is a temporary skin discoloration or eruption that’s typically swollen or inflamed. Rashes come in various levels of severity and forms and could persist for days, weeks, or even months. Common causes usually include allergic reactions, infections, local irritants, poisonous plants, and autoimmune disorders. While rashes are easily recognizable, they’re not the same, and they differ in timing, appearance, duration, and location.
A thorough evaluation by Dr. Stephen Chiarello here at The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte, FL, can determine the cause of your rashes. But as with all health conditions, prevention is always better than a cure. In this light, here’s how you can prevent rashes from developing.
Simple Tips for Rash Prevention
The prevention measures will depend on what’s causing your rashes:
- Allergic Reactions. Avoid particular foods, medications, or skincare items that you’re allergic to. If you suspect that you’re allergic to anything, consult your doctor right away. You may need to do allergy testing and desensitization therapy. If bees trigger a life-threatening reaction, make sure to always carry a sting kit that comes with emergency medicine to prevent potentially fatal reactions.
- Local Irritants. If you’re sensitive to certain chemicals in cleaning items, switch to products that don’t have perfumes and dyes. If you are sensitive to cosmetics, opt for hypoallergenic products with no fragrance or irritating preservatives. If you’re having issues with diaper rash, change the diaper right away and ensure that your baby’s bottom is dry and clean before putting on a fresh diaper.
- Always make certain that your family is up-to-date with your routine vaccinations. Wash your hands and take a bath regularly. Likewise, refrain from sharing personal grooming products and clothes.
- Poisonous Plants. You should know how to recognize common poisonous plants like poison ivy, poison sumac, and poison oak. When doing yard work or hiking in the woods, always protect your legs and arms by wearing long pants and long-sleeved tops.
When to Get Professional Help for Your Rash
Obtain emergency medical help if you start having breathing difficulties or develop confusion, hives, nausea, a rapid pulse, or fever, as these could signal a potentially fatal allergic reaction. Likewise, set an appointment with your dermatologist here at Port Charlotte, FL, if your rashes:
- Persist for more than a week
- Show warning signs of infection such as swelling, redness, or oozing
- Happen alongside swollen glands, chills, fever, and other infection symptoms such as a headache, sore throat, cough, and nasal congestion, among others
- Occur with signs that indicate an autoimmune condition like sudden weight loss, malaise, recurring fever, joint swelling, and fatigue
Contact Us For More Questions, Information, or Advice on Rashes
Book a consultation with Dr. Stephen Chiarello here at The Dermatology and Skin Cancer Center of SW FL in Port Charlotte, FL, by calling (941) 625-2878.