Dermatology located in Fairfax, VA

Rashes can distract you from your daily tasks and disrupt your peaceful nights with irritation, itching, and flaking. If you want to get to the root of the problem and find some relief, rely on the team of dermatologists at Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax. From their office in Fairfax, Virginia, the skilled providers work alongside you to treat the causes and symptoms of rashes. Book your consultation by calling the office today or scheduling online.

What causes rashes?

Rashes often appear from exposure to triggers but can also be caused by environmental factors, lifestyle choices, or medical conditions. Specific triggers include:

  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Genetic predispositions
  • Medications
  • Stress
  • Insect bites or stings
  • Exposure to the sun or cold weather
  • Hormonal changes
  • Contact dermatitis

Since rashes can also indicate underlying medical issues or autoimmune disorders, it’s a good idea to talk to the Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax team when itching and other symptoms start.

Making a prompt appointment also makes it easier to pinpoint when the irritation began and answer questions about recent lifestyle influences or other possible contributors.

What are the common symptoms of rashes?

Your symptoms and how strongly they impact you depends on the root cause of your rash and health, but you may notice:

  • Swelling
  • Itching
  • Flaking or scaling
  • Pain or tenderness
  • Blister, bumps, or pustules

Be especially cautious if you observe the rash growing or spreading to other parts of your body.

What can I expect from treatment for rashes?

The team performs a thorough skin evaluation and creates a treatment plan to address underlying issues to provide swift relief. They may take a scraping or biopsy for skin testing to determine the cause of your rash.

Your provider may recommend:

  • Topical steroids
  • Immunosuppressants
  • Antihistamines
  • Antifungal medications or antibiotics
  • Calamine lotion
  • Moisturizers and emollients

As you go through the treatment plan, your provider follows up to ensure its effectiveness. They can also discuss common triggers and how to avoid them.

Are there steps I can take to avoid rashes?

Making lifestyle changes can supplement your treatment plan very well. These may include:

  • Establishing a gentle skincare routine
  • Using mild soaps or detergents
  • Keeping skin well-hydrated
  • Making sure clothing fits well
  • Bathing or showering in warm water
  • Wearing materials made of natural fibers

Taking these steps can help you prevent flare-ups and combat irritation.

You don’t have to suffer with the ongoing frustration and distraction of rashes when answers are close at hand. Contact the Integrated Dermatology of Fairfax team for solutions and compassionate care by booking an appointment online or calling the office today.