Have you noticed a rash developing on you or a loved one? Not sure what may have caused it? When it comes to skin rashes, there are a variety of reasons they may occur, including environment, allergies, heat and even certain medications. While most rashes aren’t serious, in certain situations they can be and require medical attention. Today Express ER in Abilene is covering 3 common skin rashes and whether or not immediate medical treatment is recommended.
Atopic dermatitis, also commonly known as “Eczema” is a common skin condition which typically affects children. In fact, 90% of patients that suffer from atopic dermatitis develop it before the age of 5. Of those patients, about 50% of them will continue to develop minor signs as they age. Atopic dermatitis presents as dry, scaly patches which are extremely itchy and often located on the face, forehead and even scalp. Immediate emergency care is not recommended for the treatment of atopic dermatitis. However, if you or a loved one form an infection due to scratching, we can help.
Contact dermatitis, also known as “allergic” contact dermatitis typically occurs when a patient comes in contact with something that causes an allergic reaction in the form of a rash. Poison ivy, poison oak, rubber, and even certain metals are known to cause contact dermatitis. For mild contact dermatitis reactions, we do not recommend immediate care, however, for severe cases immediate medical care may be recommended. Prior to arriving at Express ER in Abilene, we recommend checking-in online.
Have you ever had chicken pox? Well, then you are susceptible to shingles, also known as herpes zoster. Once a patient experiences chicken pox, the virus actually stays in the body, when activate the resulting condition is known as shingles. Unlike chickenpox, however, many patients that suffer from shingles experience no itching, just severe pain. If you find that your shingles are causing considerable pain, we recommend seeking treatment at Abilene Express ER.
Have you or a loved one suddenly developed a rash? Visit Express ER today for immediate, emergency care in Abilene, TX