Skin Rash

Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C.

Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Specialists located in Glenwood Springs, CO & Avon, CO

Itchy, red skin may make you wonder, “What’s wrong with me?” A rash can be a sign of a variety of health conditions, which is why it’s best to seek expert medical care for diagnosis and treatment. That’s where Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies, P.C., can help. As board-certified allergists and immunologists, the providers can get to the bottom of what’s causing your skin rash. Take a step on the road toward clearer skin by calling today or scheduling a consultation online at one of their locations in Avon, Basalt, Eagle, Aspen, Frisco, or Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

Skin Rash Q & A

What causes a skin rash?

Skin irritants and allergens can bother you from time to time, causing your body to overreact with a skin rash. These rashes are often red and itchy. Depending on where your rash is located, you may feel uncomfortable or embarrassed.

Not all skin rashes are caused by allergies. Medications and infections also cause non-allergic skin rashes, as do plants like poison oak, sumac, or ivy along with other chemicals that may come into contact with the skin.

Skin rashes are usually treatable, once you know the reason for your symptoms. An allergist at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies can help you find the source of your rash to help prevent future outbreaks.

What are the symptoms of a skin rash?

Your symptoms will vary, depending on the underlying cause of your rash. Common symptoms include:

  • Raised, bumpy skin
  • Redness
  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Scaly skin
  • Blisters

What are common skin rashes?

Various health conditions produce skin rashes, along with other symptoms. These conditions include:

Eczema

A chronic skin condition, eczema usually begins in infancy or early childhood. It’s often triggered by food allergies, pet dander, dust mites, sweating, or contact with irritants like soaps or scratchy fabrics.

Contact dermatitis

As the name suggests, contact dermatitis happens when you come into contact with an irritant or allergen. Poison ivy, for example, causes contact dermatitis. Allergic contact dermatitis usually starts 24-48 hours after contact and may last two weeks or longer.

Hives

Hives cause red or skin-colored bumps and itching that ranges from mild to severe. Hives happen when your body overreacts to an allergen or substance. Some hives go away quickly, but some can last a long time.  These can be caused by allergies to environmental triggers like pet dander, foods, medications, among others.

How is a skin rash treated?

Because skin rashes are provoked by a variety of conditions and substances, your provider will first identify the reason for your skin rash. You’ll be asked about your symptoms, medical history, medications, and whether you’ve been around animals or certain chemicals recently.

Your practitioner may also perform skin tests, such as scratch tests or contact allergy test, along with blood and urine tests to pinpoint what’s causing your condition. Depending on your diagnosis, your practitioner will create a treatment plan to give you the smoother, healthier skin you want.

If itchy, red skin is troubling you, call today or book a consultation online with the dedicated medical professionals at Allergy, Asthma & Immunology of the Rockies.