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There are many reasons that you might be dealing with a skin rash; however, if you suspect that it might be ringworm you may be surprised to discover that there are other conditions that can often masquerade as ringworm but aren’t. This is why it’s important to have any rashes or skin problems thoroughly evaluated by a qualified dermatologist. After all, you want to make sure that you are getting the proper treatment you need depending on the type of condition you’re dealing with.
What does ringworm look like?
If you have ringworm, common symptoms include:
- A circular or ring-like rash that may be raised along the edges
- A rash that may be scaly, itchy, red, or burning
- Hair loss in the area where the rash has appeared
The rash may develop several red, raised rings at once, some of which may overlap. While ringworm can develop just about anywhere on the body it’s most commonly found on the arms, legs, and trunk.
If it’s not ringworm, then what else could it be?
There are a variety of ringworm imposters that could be causing you or your child’s rash. The two most common conditions are nummular eczema and granuloma annulare.
Nummular eczema causes circular patches of dry skin that can burn or become dry and scaly. This type of skin condition is often triggered by bug bites, certain medications, or a metal allergy. Granuloma annulare causes red or flesh-colored bumps to appear on the skin, but because they often appear ring-like this condition can be mistaken for ringworm. Everything from medications and viral infections to skin trauma and thyroid disorders can trigger granuloma annulare.
Other less common symptoms that may look like ringworm include,
- Contact dermatitis
- Pityriasis rosea
- Tinea versicolor (more common in children)
- Erythema migrans (common in those with Lyme disease)
Sometimes a skin biopsy of the lesion or rash is required for a dermatologist to be able to diagnose whether it is ringworm or not. If you are experiencing symptoms of ringworm or are concerned about a new or worsening rash, then call your dermatologist today to schedule an appointment.
Wondering what’s causing those itchy red spots and whether you should see a dermatologist about your rash? Most rashes are harmless and usually go away on their own; however, some rashes may require further treatment. Here are some of the different kinds of rashes and how they are treated,
Also known as atopic dermatitis, eczema causes a red itchy and weepy rash to develop. While eczema can develop just about anywhere on the body it is more common on the elbows, face, neck, and ankles. It’s important to recognize triggers (e.g. dry skin; pet dander; household cleaners) to reduce flare-ups.
Over-the-counter medications such as antihistamines can be used to manage flare-ups; however, you may want to turn to a dermatologist for steroid creams, light therapy, and other treatment options to better manage your eczema.
Has your child developed an intensely itchy rash all over their body and face? If they haven’t been vaccinated against chickenpox than this viral infection may be to blame for these insanely itchy spots. Chickenpox is a highly contagious infection that appears most often in school-age children. The rash may itch and ooze for a couple of days before crusting over.
It usually takes about a week for a chickenpox rash to go away. If you suspect that your child might have chickenpox it’s important that you see a doctor as soon as possible. While the infection will just need to run its course there are ways to ease symptoms at home through special ointments, creams, and soothing oatmeal baths.
Hives or urticaria causes red itchy welts to appear. These flat bumps can be extremely itchy and may continue to disappear and appear over the course of several hours. Most cases of hives usually go away within 12 hours. Stress, drugs, food allergies, insect stings, and bites, and certain infections can also trigger hives.
While most acute cases of hives will go away, if you are dealing with symptoms that last more than six weeks or are accompanied by trouble breathing, facial swelling or other signs of a serious allergic reaction it’s important that you see a doctor immediately.
This is another common and harmless rash that appears during those hot, humid days. A heat rash will usually appear suddenly and is characterized as a cluster of red, pimple-like bumps. They can appear anywhere on the face or body but are most often found on the arms, chest, or groin. Taking an over-the-counter antihistamine may help manage the itching. It’s also important to find a cooler environment and to wear lightweight clothes with breathable fabrics.
Notice a red, burning scaly rash between your toes? If so, this could be a fungal infection known as athlete’s foot. There are over-the-counter antifungal creams that can be applied directly to the infection to kill the fungus. If over-the-counter antifungal medications aren’t providing you with relief or if you’re unsure whether you have athlete’s foot it’s important that you see a dermatologist.
If you are dealing with a painful, widespread, or persistent rash it may be time to see your dermatologist to find out what’s going on. If in doubt, give your doctor a call. Based on your symptoms we can determine whether or not you should come into the office.
Have a skin rash? Whether it's dry, itchy, red, bumpy, crusty, scaly, or blistered, a skin rash can be an incredible nuisance to your day-to-day life. Fortunately, the dermatologists here at Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases (with offices in Sandy Springs, GA, Roswell, GA, Alpharetta, GA, and Cumming, GA) offers full-service care to eliminate these skin inflammations. Read on to learn more!
Common Causes of Rashes
Some of the more common causes of skin rashes include genetic makeup, certain diseases, irritating substances, sun exposure, hot/humid weather, and allergies. Rashes can also signal a bacterial or fungal infection.
When To Seek Treatment
Although most rashes are not life-threatening, some rashes can indicate a more serious health issue. For example:
- Painful skin rashes should always be evaluated by a dermatologist as soon as possible.
- A rash that covers your body could indicate something concerning, such as an allergic reaction or infection.
- If your rash is accompanied by difficulty breathing, call 911 or go to the emergency room immediately.
Treatments for Rashes
Rash treatments include antihistamine creams, baths, moisturizers, lotions, and cortisone creams. For poison ivy, dermatologists may recommend cool showers and calamine lotion, and an antihistamine for decrease redness and itching. For rashes caused by an allergen, your physician will need to determine which substance caused the problem. A medical test can determine which allergens are causing the problem. For eczema, your dermatologist may suggest moisturizers called emollients that retain water in skin, keeping it smooth while soothing any itch.
Need Care? Give Us a Call
Your rash doesn't have to be the mystery that it may seem at first—let the experts here at the Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases calm your nerves and show you the best way to treat your skin rash. Call one of Atlanta Center for Dermatologic Diseases's offices now to schedule an appointment:
- (404) 252-4333 for Sandy Springs, GA
- (770) 751-1133 for Roswell, GA
- (770) 664-5225 for Alpharetta, GA
- (770) 844-1902 for Cumming, GA