"Rash" is a general term for a wide variety of skin conditions. A rash refers to a change that affects the skin and usually appears as a red patch or small bumps or blisters on the skin. The majority of rashes are harmless and can be treated effectively with over-the-counter anti-itch creams, antihistamines and moisturizing lotions.

Rashes can be a symptom for other skin problems. The most prevalent of these are:

  • Atopic Dermatitis, the most common form of eczema. This often starts in early childhood.
  • Bacterial Infections, such as impetigo.
  • Contact Dermatitis, a type of eczema caused by coming into contact with an allergen. Our office has extensive experience in dealing with and diagnosing contact dermatitis, including occupational dermatitis. We have over 220 allergens in stock for patch testing.
  • Chronic skin problems, such as acne, psoriasis or seborrheic dermatitis. Dr. Valentine has vast experience in management of moderate to severe cases of psoriasis, and has published on the subject of seborrheic dermatitis.
  • Fungal Infections, such as ringworm and yeast infection.
  • Viral Infections, such as shingles.

A rash may be a sign of a more serious illness, such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, liver disease, kidney disease or some types of cancers. If you experience a rash that does not go away on its own after a few weeks, make an appointment to see Dr. Valentine to have it properly diagnosed and treated.