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One of the most common skin disorders is a rash. There are many different types of rashes, resulting in red welts, bumps or blisters on the skin that can itch or burn. While skin rashes may look similar, they can be caused by a wide variety of medical and skin disorders. Most rashes are short-lived and go away on their own. Others may be a sign of a more serious health issue. Our dermatology team at LM Medical NYC offers professional diagnosis and skin rash treatments at our medical facility in Manhattan.

What Causes Skin Rashes?

Skin rashes can be caused by internal or external problems. The most common cause of rashes is contact with an irritant to the skin. This is also called contact dermatitis. Other causes can include autoimmune disorders, blistering skin diseases, infections, allergic reactions or sexually-transmitted diseases. Most rashes are temporary and fade quickly, but others many require medical treatment.

When to See a Dermatologist for a Rash

Most people know that contact with poison ivy or other common skin irritants will cause a rash. Using over-the-counter treatments for typical skin rashes is usually all that is required. However, there are times when you should see a dermatologist for skin rash treatment. Here are some signs that your skin rash may need medical treatment:

  • You have a fever with your rash
  • The rash covers most of your body
  • Signs of rash infection – warm to touch, streaking, oozing pus, etc.
  • Rash is causing pain
  • Blistering rash near eyes, mouth or genitals
  • Sudden rash that spreads quickly

It is important not to dismiss all skin rashes as non-threatening. In some cases, a rash can be a sign of a more serious condition. If you have a skin rash that may need medical treatment, contact us at LM Medical NYC in Greenwich Village to book your appointment. Our renowned board certified dermatologist, Dr. Morgan Rabach, can examine and diagnose your skin rash and recommend treatment.

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