That embarrassing rash! What can you do about it?

By October 5, 2016Skin

We have all experienced it in one way or another: an annoying rash on an awkward part of your body mac 시에라 다운로드. You don’t want to tell anyone, but you simply HAVE to get rid of it. So, what do you do!? Here are a few common conditions seen in young adults and some advice about how to deal with it.

Is it Scabies?

Scabies is a highly infections condition caused by a mite and the rash is an allergic reaction to the bite and saliva of the mite, and causes severe itching, especially at night. Mite burrows can often be seen as fine, dark or silvery lines. The rash is typically blotchy, lumpy and red, and often between toes and fingers. Treatment includes an insecticide to kill the mite, and medication to help with the itch.

Is it a Fungal Infections?

Fungal infections can occur anywhere on the skin, nails or scalp. It usually starts as a single patch with more lesions developing. The rash can be very itchy with a white flaky appearance. Infections often occur in warm, moist areas such as between the toes or in the groin, and nail infections are often difficult to treat. Treatment is with anti-fungal creams. When you get treatment, it’s important to continue for two weeks after the condition seem to be healed, so you kill all the fungal spores that can cause a recurrence.

Is it Pityriasis Rosea?

“Pity-what?” This common condition is a fancy name for something that doctors can’t quite explain. It looks small, scaly patches on the body and neck. We are not sure what causes the condition, but it might be a virus. How do you get rid of it? Sorry, you’ll simply have to wait it out – it will heal on its own in 6 to 8 weeks. You can, however, get some medication from your doctor for the itch and inflammation.

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Is it an Ingrown Hair?

Also known as “Razor Bumps”, these pimples occur after shaving. The cut hair turns back and grown into the skin, which causes irritation, redness, and pimples and can cause scarring. Treatment options include stopping shaving, using thicker foam, and shaving in the direction of the hair growth. It is important to moisturise and exfoliate the skin.

Is it a Brown Spot?

Pigmentation is commonly caused by sun exposure and increased hormone levels, such as contraceptive use and pregnancy. How do you treat it? Stay out of the sun as much as possible – and when you are, always wear sunscreen. If this occurs with pregnancy, it could be hormonal, and should be better after your pregnancy.

Is it a Wart?

Warts are caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) infection. This causes a rough, fast growing nodule on the skin, often with black spots in the centre. There are various over-the-counter medication and your doctor could also treat it with cryotherapy. Without treatment the wart usually resolves after a few years.

Is it Hives?

This is a raised, itchy rash which usually resolves after a few days. There are various triggers and treatment includes antihistamines and possible steroids.

I hope that was helpful. Diagnosing skin conditions is often difficult, even for the most experienced doctors so, if you are still unsure of the cause, feel free to chat to one of our doctors. Or, better yet –  see your doctor for a full and thorough examination. You don’t have to be embarrassed – your doctor won’t be, as they are definitely used to seeing things much, much worse!

By: Dr Ingrid de Beer