Understanding Treatment
for Rashes

What is a rash?

A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin with a wide range of potential causes. Many times, rashes are a symptom of another medical condition, and rashes can often be a manifestation of an infectious disease. One of the most common causes of rashes is called contact dermatitis, or an inflammation resulting from direct contact with a material to the surface of the skin. Contact dermatitis can cause redness, itching, and burning at the site affected by an irritant such as a chemical or poison ivy. Some rashes develop immediately while others will form over several days.

What are the symptoms of a rash?

There are hundreds of types of skin rashes, but most are red, bumpy, scaly, crusty, or blistered. Rashes can also be itchy and painful.

How does ID Care treat rashes?

ID Care specialists will develop a treatment for your rash based on its cause. Your treatment may include moisturizers, lotions, cortisone creams to relieve swelling, and antihistamines to relieve itching. An antibiotic or an antiviral medication may be needed if the rash is caused by certain infectious diseases, such as Lyme disease or shingles.