Rashes and itchy skin 2017-04-02T12:58:05+00:00

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Rashes and itchy skin

What is a rash?

A rash is any change to the skin texture or colour. This may cause itch, soreness or look aesthetically displeasing. Rashes are very common and affect most of us at some stage of life. The most common rashes are dry skin and eczema – where red, itchy, scaly patches may develop. There are many other rashes (in fact, over a thousand variations), so it is important to get a correct diagnosis from a Dermatologist.

The common rashes are listed below. This list is my no means exhaustive.

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Fungal infections
  • Impetigo
  • Allergic reactions
  • Urticaria
  • Lichen Planus

The starting point in getting a rash resolved is to establish the correct diagnosis. This involves meeting a Dermatologist for a consultation, during which a detailed history will be taken. This is followed by an examination of the rash and the rest of the skin and nails as well. It is often possible to generate a diagnosis following this. However, sometimes additional tests may be required such as a blood test, microbiology test or skin biopsy.

The treatment depends very much on the diagnosis and as well as the severity of the rash. Typically rashes are treated with creams or tablets. Sometimes more advanced treatments are required such as light therapy, or injection treatment.

The appearance of a rash depends on the actual diagnosis. Eczema leads to patches with are red, dry and itchy. Psoriasis causes patches as well but there are pink, and more scaly (sometimes they look silver because of the scale). Fungal infections can leads to hair loss, abnormal nails and scaly patches on the body. Allergic rashes may come up as wheals.

Certainly. There are many causes of itching in the absence of a visible rash. Sometimes this is because of another medical problem such as diabetes, liver problems, iron deficiency or thyroid disorders. However, often no cause is found and this is referred to as primary pruritus.

Rash treatments at Belgravia Dermatology

  • Detailed consultation and skin analysis by a Dermatologist to design an individualised treatment plan

  • Advice on lifestyle factors which may improve the skin condition

  • Investigations including blood tests, infection tests, and skin biopsy

  • A bespoke skin care regime to suit your skin type

  • Prescription creams containing medications designed to reduce inflammation or clear infection

  • Prescription tablets

  • Referral for light therapy

  • Monitoring and long term management of chronic skin conditions

How effective are treatments for rashes and itch?

It is usually possible to control or clear most rashes with the correct treatment or combination of treatments. The type and duration of treatment will vary according to the individual situation.

What should I do next?

If you suffer from a rash or itching then please arrange to see one of our Dermatologists who will be happy to help.

“The starting point in getting a rash resolved is to establish the correct diagnosis. This involves meeting a Dermatologist for a consultation.”

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