Rash and Allergy Treatment From UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk
If you are experiencing a skin rash or itchiness, you might be wondering whether you should seek medical attention. The experienced team at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk can help you identify the cause of a mild rash and manage any associated discomfort. However, if you have a very severe allergic reaction, such as a rash accompanied by breathing difficulties, you should call 911 or go directly to the nearest emergency room. This is a possible sign of anaphylaxis, a potentially life-threatening condition that causes the airways of the lungs to swell and blood pressure to drop, which can lead to shock. In the majority of cases, however, rashes are not medical emergencies and can be treated at urgent care centers.
In essence, a rash is a noticeable change in the texture or color of an area of skin. It could be very dry, scaly, irritated, or swollen, and the affected skin may also develop red bumps or sores that itch or burn. There are three main types of rashes: localized inflammations caused by direct contact with an allergen or irritant, confined outbreaks associated with a bacterial or fungal infection, and widespread reactions triggered by medication use.
At UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk, we can help you pinpoint the cause of a rash. This will include reviewing any recent exposures to potential allergens, irritants, and new medications. Common rashes that we treat include:
- Contact dermatitis – An itchy inflammation triggered by exposure to an allergen, such as poison ivy, or an irritant, such as a harsh cleansing product
- Heat rash – Small, blister-like bumps that result from heat exposure and worsen if the body sweats or tight clothing is worn
- Medication-related rash – Small red splotches that appear and spread quickly as the body reacts to an antibiotic, diuretic, or anti-seizure medicine
- Shingles – A painful, blistering skin irritation that develops when the long-dormant chicken pox virus becomes active (this usually occurs later in life)
- Intertrigo – A bright red rash that develops in moist areas where skin rubs together, such as under the arms, behind the knees, and in skin folds
- Ringworm – An outward-expanding ring of irritation caused by a fungal infection
- Hives – A swollen, stinging rash that appears suddenly for a variety of reasons
Some types of rashes, such as those caused by poison ivy and intertrigo, usually go away on their own without the need for medical treatment. However, if a rash cannot be identified, is painful or accompanied by a fever, or continues to worsen, it’s best to seek medical attention. A physician at UHealth Jackson Urgent Care – Country Walk can identify the underlying cause, prescribe appropriate treatment for relief, and help restore your skin to a healthy state.
If you’d like to receive treatment for a skin rash or allergies, you can stop by to see a board-certified, UHealth – the University of Miami Health System physician at our walk-in clinic without an appointment.