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Rashes services offered in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa, CA


Rashes are common and may be nothing more than a nuisance. Other times, however, a rash could indicate a more serious medical problem. At Redwood Empire Dermatology in Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, and Oakmont, California, the skilled dermatology team diagnoses the cause of rashes and offers treatment to alleviate discomfort or reduce possible complications. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Rashes Q&A

What are rashes?

Rashes are spots on your skin that appear for a variety of reasons. They might go away within a day or two or indicate a skin condition that requires treatment. See the experts at Redwood Empire Dermatology if you have a rash that’s uncomfortable or ongoing.

What do rashes look like?

Rashes often appear as multiple red spots. They vary in size, shape, and texture. For example, a rash might look like red blotches, tiny red dots, hives, or textured bumps. They may feel itchy or irritated.

The type of rash you have might indicate its cause, but see the experts at Redwood Empire Dermatology to know for sure. 

When left untreated, rashes may come and go or linger long term. Finding the root cause of a rash is important.

What are the common causes of rashes?

Some of the conditions that can cause rashes include:

  • Infections - bacterial, viral, or fungal 
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Some medications
  • Heat rash
  • Lichen planus
  • Psoriasis
  • Ringworm
  • Allergies
  • Shingles
  • Swimmer’s itch
  • Acne

To find the underlying cause of a rash, the Redwood Empire Dermatology experts review your medical history, symptoms, and lifestyle habits. They examine your skin for rashes and may obtain a skin biopsy to view under a microscope.

How are rashes treated?

Your personalized treatment for a rash depends on its cause. Your dermatologist specialist may recommend:

Home remedies

Things you can do at home to reduce rashes and their cause include daily moisturization, getting plenty of sleep, protecting your skin from the sun, avoiding common allergens or getting treated for allergies, and eating a balanced diet. 

Medications

Taking oral medicines or using topical creams may reduce rashes caused by certain medical conditions. Make sure to use medications exactly as directed by the Redwood Empire Dermatology team.

Light therapy

Some causes or rashes, such as psoriasis, may respond to light therapy. Your Redwood Empire Dermatology provider lets you know if this treatment is right for you.

To find the cause of a severe or ongoing rash, call the Redwood Empire Dermatology office or use the online booking feature today.

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