Rashes Specialist

Access Dermatology Clinic  -  - Dermatologist

Access Dermatology Clinic

Dermatologists located in Franklin & Glasgow, KY & Gallatin, TN

Rashes are a common sign of many issues, ranging from chronic skin disorders to allergic reactions. At Access Dermatology Clinic, board-certified providers James Allred, MD, FAAD, and Sherelen Hodges, APRN, DCNP, lead a team of dermatology professionals who diagnose and treat rashes of all types. Call any of the three offices in Franklin and Glasgow, Kentucky, and Gallatin, Tennessee, or book your appointment online.

Rashes Q & A

What are rashes?

Rashes are patches of abnormal skin. A rash often feels incredibly irritating and itchy, which may make it hard to resist scratching or rubbing it. 

Unfortunately, that only worsens the problem. You could end up with raw, intensely painful skin or even a secondary infection if you don't treat a rash properly. 

What do rashes look like?

Rashes can vary, but some common skin symptoms are:

  • Redness or other discoloration
  • Itchiness
  • Scaliness
  • Flaking
  • Blistering
  • Soreness
  • Swelling
  • Thickening
  • Cracking
  • Oozing clear fluid

Every rash can look a little different based on its underlying cause and its severity.

What causes rashes?

Many things can cause rashes, but some of the main triggers are:

  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Allergens like poison ivy and oak
  • Autoimmune illnesses, such as psoriasis and lupus
  • Viruses like chickenpox and shingles
  • Bacterial infections like athlete's foot
  • Extreme heat
  • Medications

Rash triggers aren't always clear because the symptoms may not appear until long after trigger exposure. So, if you experience new rashes, keep track of details surrounding the rash as much as possible. That information can help the Access Dermatology Clinic team to isolate possible conditions and eliminate others during your diagnosis.

How are rashes diagnosed?

The Access Dermatology Clinic team examines your skin carefully. A complete medical history review and discussion of all your symptoms then helps the team to determine possible causes of your rash. 

They may take some small scrapings to test your rash in the lab. You may need allergy testing or other blood tests, too. 

Every skin disorder has its own unique characteristics, so the team can determine whether you have a chronic disorder like eczema, lupus, or psoriasis or a one-time reaction rash. 

How are rashes treated?

Access Dermatology Clinic treats rashes with a wide range of approaches, including topical creams and ointments, oral medication, light therapy, and even cutting-edge solutions like biologic medications for psoriasis and eczema. 

The team also gives you detailed education for home care of your rash, including how to maintain optimal healing conditions and tips to protect against further skin damage. 

Rashes can be a serious chronic problem for people with skin disorders, but they don't have to disrupt your life any longer. Access Dermatology Clinic uses the most effective and innovative therapies to help you heal, so call the office nearest to you or book your appointment online.