There are many different skin conditions. Some are classified as rashes and others are chronic skin conditions that need to be managed, sometimes lifelong.
It is important to seek immediate medical attention if you have one of the following:
- A rash all over your body
- Fever with the rash
- Sudden onset rash that spreads rapidly
- Rash begins to blister
- Painful rash
- Infected rash
Remember: There is now measles in 28 states, including Illinois.
The rest of this blog discusses some of the most common skin conditions that have patients coming in to see me:
Hives appear suddenly. They are outbreaks on the skin that usually appear as a result of the body’s reaction to certain allergens or irritants, but sometimes for no known reason. Hives usually cause itching but may also burn or sting.
Psoriasis is characterized by thick red patches of skin covered with white or silvery scale. It’s a chronic skin condition caused by an overactive immune system.
Eczema, also called atopic dermatitis, refers to a rash that is characterized by inflamed, red, dry, and itchy skin.
It may be more than just blushing. Rosacea is a common skin disease of the face that may start with a tendency to blush or flush easily. Patients who suffer from this may also get acne-like bumps on their face and complain of facial skin sensitivity triggered by temperature changes or with intake of certain foods.
Acne is not just for teens. The cause of acne is multifactorial and can present with blackheads, whiteheads, inflammatory lesions and can occur on the face, neck, or torso in teens and adults.
Not all conditions are the same, and neither are their treatments. Depending on the patient’s condition, treatment plans may include topical medications, oral medications, injectable medications, phototherapy, or even laser or other cosmetic treatments.
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