Rashes And Skin Infections Specialist

PrimeMD

Primary Care Practice & Pain Management located in Lancaster, Lancaster, OH & Westerville, OH

If you have a rash or skin infection, seeking treatment can reduce unpleasant symptoms and help your body heal quickly. At PrimeMD, highly trained medical experts diagnose and treat rashes and skin infections in their North Columbus, Newark, Lancaster, Westerville, Kenton, Marion, Wilmington, Dublin, or New Albany, Ohio offices. Call the office nearest you to schedule an appointment or book one online today.

Rashes and Skin Infections Q & A

What are rashes and skin infections?

Rashes and skin infections are dermatology issues you or a loved one may encounter at some point. A skin rash often appears as red or raised bumps on your skin that might feel uncomfortable. 

Infections can develop because of open skin and the presence of bacteria, fungi, viruses, or parasites. Treatment at PrimeMD can reduce unpleasant symptoms and your risk of complications.

What are examples of rashes and skin infections?

Common rashes and skin infections include:

  • Shingles
  • Chickenpox
  • Measles
  • Hives
  • Warts
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Herpes simplex
  • Cellulitis
  • Ringworm
  • Impetigo
  • Staphylococcal infection
  • Athlete's foot 
  • Yeast infections
  • Body or head lice
  • Scabies

At the first sign of skin changes, such as red bumps, itchy skin, redness, swelling, pus, or tenderness, see the PrimeMD team for an evaluation.

What are the risk factors for rashes and skin infections?

Risk factors for developing rashes or skin infections include:

  • Diabetes
  • Older age
  • Poor circulation
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Weak immune system
  • Chemotherapy
  • Certain medications
  • Poor nutrition
  • High body mass index (BMI)
  • Allergies
  • Genetics
  • Some skin care products 
  • Chemotherapy 
  • Chemical irritants

Rashes and skin infections can happen to anyone. Seeking treatment for your condition is the best way to provide symptom relief and prevent skin infections from spreading or causing other complications.

How does my doctor diagnose rashes and skin infections?

To diagnose a rash or skin infection and its underlying cause, your provider discusses your medical history and symptoms. They complete a physical examination, paying close attention to areas of your skin containing visible rashes or other skin changes.

You might also complete blood tests or a skin culture. Your doctor can scrape or swab your skin in areas of concern or remove a tiny section of the skin during a biopsy. 

What are common treatments for rashes and skin infections?

The rash or skin infection treatment that’s best for you depends on the type of skin issue you have and how severe. Your provider could recommend watchful waiting, topical lotions or creams, oral medicines, or procedures that drain pus from infected areas. 

The team at PrimeMD personalizes each rash and skin infection treatment to reduce symptoms and your risk of complications. 

At the first sign of rashes and skin infections, schedule an appointment with PrimeMD by phone or online.