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By Magnolia Dermatology
March 16, 2016
Category: Skin Care
Tags: Rashes  

Know how to care for a rash and when to seek treatment.

A skin rash can happen to anyone and can be the result of a bacterial, viral or fungal infection. But it can be challenging when you look at the rash to know exactly what is going on. That’s where our Charleston, SC dermatologists, Dr. Joseph Myers, Jr. and Dr. JamesRash Simpson, come in. We can help you determine the root cause of your skin issues and help you eliminate that rash.

Rashes can be caused by a variety of different issues, including:

  • Eczema (atopic dermatitis)
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Poison ivy
  • Hives
  • Athlete’s foot
  • Shingles (herpes zoster)
  • Heat rash

If a skin rash develops how you treat it will depend on the cause. That’s why if you are in doubt, see your skin doctor in Charleston for proper care. If you are experiencing a fever or other signs of infection it’s also important to seek medical attention, as your condition could get worse.

While many rashes are completely self-limiting and will often go away on their own, there are some that could be more serious, so it’s never a bad idea to follow the rule that it’s better to be safe than sorry and see a doctor.

Poison Ivy/Oak

If you experience a rash after being outdoors, you may have come in contact with this common plant that causes a red and very itchy rash. Cold compresses, oatmeal baths and over-the-counter medications can help target both inflammation and itching until it goes away.

Heat Rash

Ever notice a rash developing after being in the heat? You could be dealing with a harmless issue known as heat rash. This rash is characterized as little red bumps that sometimes contain fluid. By cooling your body down and avoiding clothes that prevent your body from sweating, you can prevent the rash from getting worse.


Many red, itchy rashes are due to eczema or psoriasis. While there is no cure, there are a variety of different topical medications that can reduce the severity and length of your outbreaks.

Athlete’s Foot

Caused by a fungus, this infection is found on the feet (particularly between the toes). Most cases can be cleared up with over-the-counter antifungal medications, but if you don’t see an improvement within a few days you may need a prescription medication.


This rash is a bit more serious because it’s caused by the herpes zoster virus, also known as chickenpox. This extremely painful, blistering rash may develop over the face or body. While there is no cure for shingles, your dermatologist in Charleston can help provide you with pain relievers and other options for reducing your symptoms.

When in doubt, if a rash is troublesome to you then it’s time you called Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC to get the proper treatment your skin needs.