Rashes often appear and disappear without warning or any signs of discomfort. If a rash appears with no known cause and produces symptoms that cause extreme discomfort, a visit to the doctor should be scheduled. During day to day activities, a person is exposed to many different irritants. Some may cause a reaction, while others do not. If a rash appears and lasts for more than a few days, it may be the result of a serious health condition or exposure to a harsh chemical. Rashes that form blisters, itch intensely, and continue to spread should be seen immediately due to many of these symptoms indicating the possibility that the rash may be contagious.
Rashes are treated according to their severity and their symptomatology. Rashes that are red but do not itch may receive no treatment at all, while a red irritated rash with pustules or blisters may be treated with a topical medication that contains cortisone or a certain type of steroid. If the rash is severe and covers a large area of the body, injectable corticosteroid medications may be used to help relieve the itching and calm the intensity of the rash. If the rash produces an open wound, it may need to be covered with a clean bandage to prevent dirt or debris from causing an infection.
Mild rashes can be cleansed in much the same way as the rest of the body with a mild soap and warm water. If a rash is advanced, special precautions may need to be made to prevent the area from becoming infected. Covering the rash with an antiseptic bandage will help to control an infection if the blisters or lesions begin to become a problem. If a patient has any questions concerning the proper care of a rash or open wound, they should see their doctor immediately. The doctor can show them the proper way to wash and dry the area so that the rash will not become irritated or infected.