Jeffrey J. Heller, D.O.

511 N. Clyde Morris Blvd,
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
790 Dunlawton Ave., Suite H
Port Orange, FL 32127

(386) 239-8700

Posts for: December, 2016

By Heller Dermatology Center
December 01, 2016
Category: Dermatology
Tags: rash  

Try these easy at-home remedies for handling your rash and find out when a rash may need proper medical attention.

Most of the time a rash isn’t a cause for concern. Sure, it can be unattractive or a nuisance but rarely is it serious; however, if you are rashdealing with a rash that is tender, itchy or red, then our Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL dermatologist, Dr. Jeffrey Heller, has some helpful tips for how to handle your symptoms.

It’s important to leave the rash alone whenever possible. This means that you shouldn’t pick or scratch at it, as it will only make the issue worse. While you may believe you are keeping the rash protected by wrapping or bandaging it, you want to actually keep it exposed to air as much as you can.

If the rash is itchy you can apply cool, wet towels to the rash a couple of times a day to ease these symptoms. Avoid the sun, strenuous physical activity or other situations that could cause you to overheat, as this can make symptoms worse. Consider an oatmeal bath, which can be soothing to itchy skin. Replace wool and itchy synthetic fabrics for light breathable ones that won’t exacerbate your rash, like cotton.

You can try over-the-counter lotions like calamine to help with rashes that are caused by poison ivy or oak. You can even try hydrocortisone cream for rashes caused by dermatitis. Sometimes taking an oral medication like Benadryl can work wonders for an itchy, uncomfortable rash.

So, when does a rash warrant a visit to your Port Orange and Daytona Beach skin doctor?

  • If the rash is painful
  • If the rash persists and doesn’t get any better in a few days
  • If you notice other symptoms like fever, body aches, headaches, sore throat or joint pain
  • If the rash has pus
  • If skin is also red, swollen or there is severe peeling
  • If there are blisters within the rash
  • If the rash keeps getting worse
  • If the rash affects your daily activities
  • If at-home methods just aren’t working

If you are dealing with any rash-related issues don’t hesitate to turn to the experts at Heller Dermatology Center in Port Orange and Daytona Beach, FL for an effective treatment. Not all rashes can be treated from the comfort of your own home, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you ever have any skin concerns.




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