Rashes can be both uncomfortable and unsightly. It’s important to find out what’s causing the rash in a timely fashion so it can be effectively diagnosed and treated. The professional staff of ER QuickCare in Naples, Florida can diagnose your rash and provide the appropriate treatment to relieve any discomfort you may be experiencing. If you have a rash that needs attention, call or schedule an appointment online with with ER QuickCare.
Eczema and psoriasis are both long-term, chronic health conditions that affect the skin. Both can appear red and inflamed, accompanied by uncontrollable itching. Psoriasis is accompanied by dry, scaly, whitish-silver patches that indicate dead or dying skin. In addition to the white, flaking skin, psoriasis is also treated much differently than eczema.
Eczema is often a reaction to substances found in the environment. While the skin is considered to be hypersensitive in eczema patients, the skin of a psoriasis patient is completely different. Psoriasis is a condition in which new skin cells develop faster than older skin cells can die and fall away, creating a buildup of plaque on the surface of the skin.
Rashes caused by eczema and psoriasis can be treated through scheduled appointments. Rashes that appear quickly and continue to spread may be an allergic reaction to something you’ve come in contact with. Although the reaction may not be life threatening, seeking medical attention immediately is in your best interest.
Chronic rashes associated with eczema and psoriasis require long term care. Your provider will be able to determine the cause of your rash and treat it accordingly. Eczema that occurs in infants may eventually disappear on its own as the child grows. If it’s determined that you have an allergy, you will be informed of the best ways to avoid your allergen and reduce your risk of having a reaction.
If you’ve been diagnosed with eczema, one of the best treatments for your skin is to keep it clean and properly moisturized. Mild soaps and moisturizers that naturally absorb into the skin without leaving behind a sticky or greasy residue are the best kinds to use. When you bathe or take a shower, avoid using hot water. It pulls the moisture out of your skin causing it be drier than normal.
Hydrocortisone creams applied to the surface of the skin and antihistamines that are taken orally will help to reduce your discomfort and control the itching and inflammation. It’s also important to strengthen your immune system with a healthy diet and supplements formulated to strengthen the skin and fight infection.