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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

4.7 / 5.0

Based on 34 reviews

Tammy Siever

Dr. Michael is the most Caring Dr. I have had the privilege of having taking care of my health needs. His calm and personal demeanor is above and beyond what I have ever experienced. I have never had issues with the the waiting time but, if ever I did I would not complain because he is worth the wait. I get his complete attention the entire visit. When I leave I feel very confident that he has completely covered my heath needs from head to toe. I would recommend him to anyone who wants is concerned or wants a Dr. to be concerned about their health.

Gianpaolo von Nacher

Dr. Michael has been our family doctor for over 10 years. He has always been the main pillar in our family care; specially a few years ago when my father wouldn’t have been able to get through a very difficult period without his care. He always goes the extra mile. His staff is amazing. Anita, his nurse, always efficient, loving and caring. Aileen, in the front desk, always responsive and helpful. I’m very grateful to have them on our side.

Mark B

I could literally write pages about Dr. Michael. I thankfully met him and his staff over 13 years ago after I had been suffering from a serious lung infection for over a month that 2 other doctors had missed.- 1 due to being totally arrogant and thinking I just had a cold. I was burning up and so sick I could barely walk. Dr. Michael took the time and actually listened to me - instead of just saying its probably just the flu (as the other doctors had done) or just a cold and sending me home, he actually did a complete physical on me an then had the intuition to order a chest x ray on me (I was not even coughing at the time) and then really looked at it and discovered that I actually had a really serious lung infection and started me on antibiotics. While this may sound like no big deal - it actually was, as he actually saw that it was not a normal looking lung infection and I later learned he went above and beyond and had a infectious disease specialist look at the x ray just to be safe and as he suspected it was even more serious. Since that day he has always been my main doctor. I would also like to add that I have a serious long term health condition and most doctors would generally attribute many of my current and past health issues to my main condition (it usually is the case) but Dr. Michael always looks at whatever is happening to me at the moment as if I was a new patient. This is probably his biggest talent and gift as a doctor as he has on more than one occasion over the years thought outside the box with me and has figured out quickly why I was sick at the time - sometimes it was minor but more than a few times it was really serious. His quick way of thinking and knowledge and intuition is what kept me from getting sicker and going into the hospital. If you are looking for a doctor that actually treats you like a person and not a number then see this man. I am not a celebrity or a wealthy person - far from it - but he treats me like I am - many Vets like myself go to the VA and its a great blessing but I just do not have the energy to go there as its so big. Dr. Michael is seriously brilliant and really patient and I am truly thankful I found him.

Edward Dragavon

Dr. Michael takes the time to explain the meaning of medical terms and test results in a way that a lay person can understand. He is very thorough and answers any question that you may have. His staff is also very professional and competent at their tasks. Given a choice, I wouldn't go anywhere else.

Tim Whalen

Dr. Michael is an intelligent caring human being who is focused on positive outcomes. He has a great ability to synthesize the details of lab results and other tests into preventive measures. I greatly respect his approach to care.

William Barry

A very smart and caring doctor. Very intuitive and yet he will base his decisions on test data. Patient for over 10 years. 5 stars

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Brent J. Michael, MD

2001 Santa Monica Blvd, Suite 880W
Santa Monica, CA 90404



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