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Treatments For Rashes in Charleston, SC | Réforme
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What Is a Skin Rash?

Skin rashes, such as psoriasis, eczema, or contact dermatitis, can be painful, irritating, and embarrassing for many people to live with on a daily basis. A skin rash can present as a widespread eruption of bumps, blisters, or scaly skin that can vary in size, shape, and location. A rash generally indicates an abnormal change in skin color or texture and can be triggered by a number of different causes. Some rashes may come and go independently without intervention, while others are chronic diseases.

Our team at Réforme Dermatology & Aesthetics in Charleston, SC, diagnose and manage skin rashes and by developing personalized treatment plans. If you’ve been suffering from symptoms caused by a skin rash, contact our office to schedule an appointment today.

Eczema in Charleston, SC

Eczema, or atopic dermatitis (AD), is a common, relapsing inflammatory skin condition that presents as red, itchy skin and can evolve into weeping or oozing bumps. Atopic dermatitis affects patients of all ages and can be present nearly anywhere on the body. It is not contagious. The itching can become so intense that patients scratch until the lesions bleed or become infected. AD can also be associated with asthma and allergies in what is known as the “atopic triad”. Our team can diagnose your skin condition and create a treatment plan for you at our Charleston, SC office. 

Symptoms of eczema include:

What is Contact Dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis typically occurs when the skin comes into direct contact with a substance that triggers an allergic reaction. This may be an immediate or delayed reaction. Common causes of contact dermatitis include contact with:

What is Psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a type of immune-mediated disease that causes inflammation in the body. Psoriasis often occurs because the overactive immune system triggers the growth of an abundance of skin cells. Normally, skin cells will grow and shed within a month. With psoriasis, skin cells pile up on the skin’s surface instead of shedding. The result is a scaly, itchy, red rash commonly found on the knees, elbows, and scalp. However, psoriasis can also appear on the eyelids, ears, lips, skin folds, hands, feet, and nails. Psoriasis can also be associated with internal disease, like psoriatic arthritis.

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Explore the fully customizable and transformative dermatological treatments with double board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Dr. Gabriella Vasile, who combines her extensive knowledge of skin health with her passion for finding innovative reparative and preventative treatments. Dr. Vasile’s collaborative, personalized approach to skin health and vitality meets the specific needs of her patients by utilizing state-of-the-art technology, science-based skincare products, and peer and patient-reviewed techniques and treatments. 

With a keen aesthetic eye and precision, Dr. Vasile creates balanced and natural results for a variety of aging and skin-related concerns while prioritizing patient comfort and safety. Schedule your consultation today and experience a self-esteem boost with beautiful, healthy, vibrant skin.

How Are Skin Rashes Diagnosed?

When diagnosing skin rashes, a dermatologist will thoroughly examine your skin during a physical examination. The pattern, location, and appearance of the rash will provide our specialist with important information about what type of rash the patient has and how to treat it. The dermatologist may also ask questions about when symptoms started to appear, where else on the body it is present, and whether the rash comes and goes or remains persistent.

If the dermatologist suspects that it is an allergic reaction caused by an unknown irritant, they will request a patch test. During a patch test, many small samples of common or suspected irritants, known as allergens, are applied to the skin under adhesive tape and left on. The skin is evaluated after two days and then again several days later. If a substance triggers a red, itchy rash, it indicates to the dermatologist that the patient is allergic to it, and they can treat the rash accordingly.

A punch biopsy is another commonly used method dermatologists use to diagnose a skin rash. During a biopsy, a dermatologist will take a small skin sample to further characterize the rash.

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How Are Skin Rashes Treated in Charleston, SC?

When treating skin rashes at Réforme Dermatology, we first aim to identify what is triggering the rash. From there, our dermatologist will curate a treatment plan to reduce and prevent flare-ups, prevent the condition from worsening, relieve discomfort and itching, and prevent infection or scarring.

Typical treatment plans may include:

  • Topical medications
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Immunosuppressant drugs
  • Targeted therapies

When Should You See A Dermatologist About A Skin Rash?

Most skin rashes aren’t life-threatening, but symptoms can negatively affect a patient’s day-to-day life or lead to serious infections. Seek immediate medical attention if a rash develops accompanied by a fever, or if the rash is spreading rapidly all over the body. However, it’s best to notify a dermatologist if any of the following symptoms begin to occur:

Blistering or oozing sores

This could be caused by a severe allergic reaction and will require treatment to prevent infection.

Infection

An infected rash has a yellow or green fluid, redness, swelling, crusting, pain, or warmth in the area of the rash.

Pain

Most rashes present as itching or irritating, but pain can be a symptom of a deeper underlying issue.

Spreading

If the rash appears all over the body, this could indicate an infection or allergic reaction.

Why Choose Dr. Vasile for Your Skin Rash Treatment in Charleston, SC?

Dr. Gabriella Vasile is a Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Mohs surgeon who provides medical and cosmetic dermatological services. She sympathizes with patients who struggle with persistent skin rashes and understands the significant impact chronic symptoms can have on a patient’s quality of life. Patients appreciate that they are always welcomed with sensitivity, respect, and compassion. At Réforme Dermatology & Dermatology, Dr. Vasile and our team integrate the most innovative and state-of-the-art preventative, regenerative, and integrative treatments.

If you’re ready to stop hiding away because of painful, irritating skin rashes, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon Dr. Gabriella Vasile. To get started, contact Réforme Dermatology today by calling (843) 974-1230 or completing our online form, and a member of our care team will contact you soon!