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By Magnolia Dermatology
November 18, 2019
Category: Skin Conditions
Tags: Rash  

Dealing with a rash? Find out how to get the problem under control.

At some point during each one of our lifetimes, we are going to deal with a rash of some type. Whether localized to one area or widespread across the body, these skin irritations can be infuriatingly itchy, painful, and uncomfortable. Fortunately, if you have been dealing with a rash, you can turn to our Charleston, SC, dermatologist, Dr. Joseph Myers Jr, for treatment.

Some common rash causes include:

Fungal Infection

Ringworm is one of the most common types of rash-inducing fungal infections. Yeast infections caused by the candida fungus can also result in rashes of the mouth, groin, or vagina. Less common fungal infections may result in those with compromised immune systems (e.g. patients who have HIV).

Minor fungal infections may be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams or ointments, while more severe or persistent fungal infections should be directly treated by our Charleston, SC, skin doctor.

Viral Infection

The most common virus to produce a rash is the herpes simplex virus, both type 1 and type 2. Type 1 usually causes cold sores of the lips and nose, while type 2 leads to sores on the genitals. Those with an HSV flare-up may develop a tender rash on the palms. Chickenpox and shingles (caused by the herpes zoster virus) also result in itching, burning, and painful rashes.

Epstein-Barr virus, best known as mononucleosis or “mono” can also lead to a mild rash that appears within a few days of being infected. If you develop a rash along with a sore throat, swollen lymph nodes and a fever you should see a doctor right away.

Parasitic Infections

Parasites that cause a rash include lice and scabies, both of which can be passed from person to person. Lice most commonly affect the scalp, while scabies can cause an itchy, pimple-like rash that usually appears on the armpits, wrists, elbows, beltline, and buttocks.

There are also noninfectious rashes caused by drugs, eczema (e.g. atopic dermatitis), allergic dermatitis, autoimmune disorders (e.g. lupus), and food allergies.

Concerned? Give Us a Call

If you are dealing with a painful or worsening rash, the friendly professionals at Magnolia Dermatology in Charleston, SC, are here to help. Call our office today at (843) 769-2100 and let us know how we can help you.