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New Skin Rash Santa Monica, CA

The skin is your body’s largest organ. Rashes on the skin can be the result of irritation, allergy or a symptom of a serious health condition. Most skin rashes are not life-threatening. When they are accompanied by other symptoms, it is best to be examined by a doctor.

Eczema, hives, athlete’s foot and poison ivy are very common rashes. Sometimes they need medical treatment, but minor episodes can be treated with over-the-counter medications. Some skin rashes are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites or fungus.

Skin rashes that need immediate attention are those that have these symptoms:

  • Spread over the entire body – This could signal an infection in your body or an allergic reaction
  • Accompanied by a fever – Scarlet fever, measles, mononucleosis and shingles are examples of infections that cause skin rashes
  • Show up suddenly and spread quickly – These types of skin rashes are often the result of an allergic reaction to a medication. This can be serious. Call 9-1-1 if breathing is difficult
  • Blisters – Blisters around the eyes, in or around the mouth or on the genitals should be examined right away
  • Infection – Any rash that is infected needs immediate treatment. Yellow or green fluid, swelling, crusting, pain and warmth in the area of the rash or a red streak indicate infection

Your doctor should examine an unexplained skin rash that lasts more than a few days. The same applies if the rash is new and you have a fever or other symptoms with it.

Common Skin Rashes

There are several types of skin rashes. The more common types include:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Diaper rash
  • Drug eruptions
  • Heat rash
  • Hives
  • Nummular eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Stasis dermatitis

If you notice a skin rash that you have not had before, contact our office and schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael for an evaluation.

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Brent J. Michael, MD

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Santa Monica, CA 90404



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