Rash Treatment Questions and Answers
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Rashes are a very common ailment and can be caused by a variety of conditions. While most rashes are minor and do not garner cause for concern, in severe cases, rashes can envelop the entire body and must be treated immediately. Thankfully, urgent care centers commonly care for rashes and can provide treatment in a timely manner.
Can I go to urgent care for a skin rash?
Yes, urgent care is a great place to receive treatment for a skin rash. The professionals at an urgent care center, such as AFC Urgent Care, are well-equipped to diagnose the cause of the rash, find the appropriate treatment for it, and go over preventative measures to avoid them in the future. If you have a rash of unknown origin, let the professionals at AFC Urgent Care discover its cause and how to best treat it.
How long should it take for a rash to go away?
There are many different kinds of rashes, each with their own etiology and duration of physical presentation. Rashes caused by allergies tend to last a few hours, although allergies caused by antibiotics can last around three days to two weeks. The roseola rash caused by a viral infection typically last around one or two days. A rash caused by measles usually lasts around six to seven days. A heat rash normally lasts approximately 24 hours. Contrary to these relatively short time frames, some rashes, such as those caused by lupus, can last for weeks, months, or even develop permanently.
When should I see a doctor about a rash?
While most skin rashes aren’t dangerous, there are some symptoms that can signal that the rash is serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should make an appointment with your general practitioner or go visit an urgent care:
- The rash covers your entire body
- You have a high temperature indicative of an infection or allergic reaction
- You notice the rash spreading quickly
- The rash is very painful
- The rash has fluid-filled blisters or open sores
- There are also signs of infection present, such as swelling, redness, pus, crusting, warmth or extreme pain
- Over-the-counter creams or antihistamines have failed to provide relief
- The rash impairs your daily activities
- You developed a rash during your pregnancy
Symptoms you should visit the emergency room or call 911 include:
- Breathing becomes difficult
- Your throat tightens or your tongue is swelling
- You become dizzy or confused
- Your fever lasts for more than three days exceeding temperatures of 102ºF
These symptoms can indicate an allergic reaction. If you experience any of these symptoms, do not hesitate: seek medical attention immediately!
What kind of doctor do I see for a rash?
Many types of doctors are qualified to treat rashes, from pediatricians to infectious disease specialists. While dermatologists are a good choice for repeated skin rash issues, for a sudden, unexpected rash, urgent care doctors can diagnose and treat skin issues with great care and speed.
If you or someone you know has a rash from an unknown cause, come to AFC Urgent Care for treatment today. Our kind and compassionate professionals are experienced in treating rashes and can help you find relief. For more information on our rash treatment, call our office and get in touch with a member of our specialist team. To book an appointment with our rash specialist, visit our website or speak with us over the phone today.