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A rash – scientifically known as dermatitis – refers to the inflammation of the skin. When your skin becomes irritated or inflamed, it often leads to an itchy, painful, or red-colored rash. 

At 24 Hour Docs, our same-day rash treatment service allows you to visit a top online doctor, and get your rash diagnosed and treated. Our doctors will evaluate your symptoms, take a closer look at your rash (via video conferencing) or by phone after uploading photos of your rash, and prescribe an effective treatment plan.

What is a Rash and What Causes It?

A rash is any area of your skin that becomes swollen or irritated, and results in a visible raising or redness of the skin. While rashes are usually acute in nature, they can sometimes indicate another underlying condition such as eczema.

There are different types of rashes. Some rashes are itchy while some are not. Some rashes can be painful while others are completely pain free. The extent of the pain and itchiness (or a lack thereof) depends on the cause of the rash.

Several factors can cause a rash but there are a few common conditions that often lead to changes of the epidermis. For example, heat rash is extremely common among adults and generally occurs when your sweat ducts get clogged up in hot weather.

You can also get a rash when your skin comes in contact with plants such as sumac and poison ivy. If you suffer from any chronic condition like eczema, psoriasis, or lyme infection (to name a few), you may get a rash as a warning sign. Being exposed to chemicals (such as cleaning supplies) can also cause a rash. 

Can All Rashes be Treated Online?

Almost any rash can be diagnosed and treated by our online doctors at 24 Hour Docs. The most common rashes we treat include rashes that occur from:

  •       Poison ivy or oak
  •       Scabies
  •       Eczema 
  •       Spider/bug bites
  •       Chiggers
  •       Hives
  •       Tinea
  •       Lyme disease
  •       Cellulitis
  •       Diaper rash
  •       And many more

What is the Fastest Rash Treatment?

Regardless of what’s causing your rash, the fastest way to get rid of it is to get it diagnosed as quickly as possible so your rash treatment can begin. The seamless platform of 24 Hour Docs makes it fast and easy to connect with top doctors and dermatologists who are highly skilled at making online diagnoses.

One of our doctors can diagnose your rash and accurately determine what the underlying cause may be. Then they will prescribe an appropriate treatment plan; this could include oral and/or topical medication.

Please note that while it might be tempting to simply buy an over-the-counter anti-itch cream to self-treat your rash, it may make your condition worse. Before you try any home remedies or topical creams, meet with a doctor online. This will save you from the risk of making your rash worse. This is especially important if your rash is accompanied with pain or fever. 

Are There Any Common Rash Treatments I Can Try?

If you have a mild case of dermatitis, applying moisturizing emollients and lotions can help you get some relief. If your rash flares up from time to time, you may consider using steroid creams to reduce your symptoms; however, using steroid creams over the long term is not recommended.

Several other topical medications including anthralin, coal tar, and derivations of vitamin A and D are also used to treat rashes effectively. But again, please keep in mind that it’s not recommended to use any kind of medication without first talking to a doctor.

Depending on your condition, you could also take some measures to try to reduce further irritation. Make sure your soap, lotion, and other skin-care products are not full of harsh chemicals; avoid buying anything that contains parabens, alcohol, or sulfates. You can also place a cool cloth on your rash.

If the rash is in an area that sweats a lot (like your thighs or under-arms), change your clothes as soon as they get sweaty. Keep the irritated area as clean and dry as possible. Change your detergent to a milder one.

Get Prompt Rash Treatment Today

If you or your child is suffering from a rash, see a board-certified doctor at 24 Hour Docs.  

There are many prescription medications and home remedies our doctor can recommend to help you recover faster. Call us at 877-244-6876 or contact us online to book your virtual visit.

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