Rash Treatment Questions and Answers
Do you have a skin rash and need help treating it? Visit AFC Urgent Care, we specialize in providing the best care for your day-to-day problems. For more information, please call us or schedule an appointment online. We serve patients from Greenwood SC, Coronaca SC, Windtree SC, Westgate SC and Cokesbury SC.
A skin rash is downright annoying and bothersome. Just ask the thousands of Americans who deal with this problem each year. Many rashes are red, painful and itchy and some can also lead to patches of raw skin, even blisters. If you have a skin rash and need help treating it, then visit AFC Urgent Care Greenwood SC today. New patients should call us at 864-383-1695 and we take walk-ins.
Can I go to an urgent care clinic for a skin rash?
Urgent care is available for patients who have a skin rash. And if your rash is accompanied by extreme pain or a fever, then you need to get medical attention immediately. Symptoms of a skin rash include redness, itchiness, bumpy or raised skin, pain, oozing, drainage, and scaling. If you have a rash, followed by a fever or extreme pain, reach out for medical help to get treatment. When you visit urgent care for a skin rash, a doctor or healthcare provider will ask you a series of questions that might help pinpoint what’s causing it, and when required, testing may include a patch test, or a blood test, or a skin biopsy.
How long should it take for a rash to go away?
How long a rash lasts depends on its cause. However, the good news is most rashes usually disappear in a few days, or a week. Rash of measles, for example, disappears within 6 to 7 days, and rashes that are caused by an antibiotic allergy may last up to 14 days. For children, diaper rash normally clears up in a week. Rashes from lupus or dermatomyositis could last for an extended period. An ordinary rash will clear up and disappear, but when you have a rash with muscle aches, joint pain, or a fever, then it might be a sign of an underlying problem or internal infection.
When should I see my doctor about a rash?
Even a mysterious rash does not require a trip to your healthcare provider. However, you should always see a doctor if your rash worsens, lasts longer than a week, shows signs of infection, like redness, oozing, or swelling of the skin, occurs together with chills, fever, swollen glands or other infections, such as a cough, sore throat, nasal congestion, or headache. Another sign to see the doctor is when symptoms might point to an autoimmune disorder, like recurring fever, fatigue, weight loss, and joint swelling. The outlook for most rashes is promising, especially after the cause has been accurately identified.
What kind of doctor do I see for a rash?
A doctor at an urgent care clinic or a dermatologist can treat rashes, and they may offer prevention tips on the cause of your rash. Your doctor may ask if your immunizations are up-to-date and may suggest your rash is caused by an allergic reaction, that may involve certain foods, cosmetics, or skincare products. Local irritants or poisonous plants may also cause a rash, and your doctor may advise to cover your arms and legs while outdoors. Some at-home-relief-measures for your rash that are worth trying are cold compress, aloe vera, coconut oil, tea tree oil, baking soda, apple cider vinegar, or an oatmeal bath.
When your rash spreads, is accompanied by a fever, is painful, becomes infected, or begins to blister are all causes for concern and this is when you need to get medical attention. UFC Urgent Care & Walk-In Clinic in Greenwood, SC, is open Monday to Friday from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Our board-certified doctors are here to help treat your rash and offer prevention tips. You can book an appointment or simply walk-in. We are accessible and offer the best in healthcare services to help keep you healthy.