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Rashes services in Miami, FL

Itching, redness, and blisters are telltale signs of skin rashes. If you’re unsure whether you have a temporary rash or a long-term skin condition, board-certified dermatologist and dermatopathologist Carlos Ricotti, MD, can help at Miami Dermatology & Skin Care in Miami, Florida. Dr. Ricotti uses his extensive experience and training to diagnose, treat, and manage all types of rashes. Call the dermatology clinic today or schedule an appointment online to get the care you deserve. 

Rashes Q&A

What are rashes?

Rashes are irritated areas of skin that can be red, itchy, and painful. Some rashes appear swollen and raw, while others form fluid-filled blisters. Identifying the cause of a rash is essential to develop the appropriate treatment. Many rashes resolve on their own, but others are recurrent and require ongoing care.

What are the different types of rashes?

There are many types of rashes with unique characteristics and symptoms. The most common rashes are:

  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Psoriasis
  • Cellulitis
  • Shingles
  • Impetigo
  • Insect bites
  • Heat rash 
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions
  • Seborrheic dermatitis

A proper diagnosis can help relieve uncomfortable symptoms, like pain, tenderness, itching, flaking, and cracking.

When do rashes warrant professional care?

If a rash persists for more than a few days or recurs, it's important to consult your board-certified dermatologist at Miami Dermatology & Skin Care. Seeking medical attention is also crucial if any of the following symptoms accompany your rash:

  • Fever
  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Spreading
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Trouble swallowing

Rashes that cover large areas of your body also warrant a prompt diagnosis and treatment.

What can cause rashes?

Several factors can trigger rashes that inflame and irritate the skin, including:

  • Chemicals, dyes, and fragrances
  • Latex and elastic
  • Poison ivy or oak
  • Fungal infections, like athlete’s foot
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Chronic diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis

Rashes can also occur as a result of certain medications, such as antibiotics or anticonvulsants.

What are the most effective treatments for rashes?

Treatments for rashes depend on the specific type and severity. Rashes from poison oak or an insect bite typically involve short-term topical treatments. Long-term or recurrent rashes from ongoing conditions, like psoriasis, may require additional care.

After a thorough skin evaluation and medical history review, your board-certified dermatologist at Miami Dermatology & Skin Care may perform allergy tests, skin scraping, biopsies, and blood testing. The results of these tests help determine your treatment protocol, which may include:

  • Hydrocortisone cream
  • Oral antihistamines
  • Topical allergy medications
  • Oral or topical antibiotics

Your dermatologist can also provide home care guidance to soothe your skin. Moisturizers, oatmeal baths, and cold compresses are effective ways to reduce swelling, itching, and redness.

Dermatologic care is essential if you have a rash, especially if it’s unexpected or persistent. Call Miami Dermatology & Skin Care today or schedule an appointment online for individualized rash care and guidance.