Closeup of a young woman's neck with a rash, which she is scratching.
A skin rash can be both alarming and uncomfortable, emerging in various forms and for a variety of reasons: a rash can manifest as red patches, small bumps, or blisters on the skin. Rashes might indicate an allergic reaction, a temporary skin condition, or an ongoing underlying health condition.

About the condition

What is a rash?

A rash is a notable change in the texture or color of the skin. It may appear on a small part of the body or spread across a larger area. Rashes can be painful, itchy, or even lead to swelling. Their presence can be due to a plethora of causes, from mild allergies to significant health concerns.

Rashes can exhibit various symptoms such as:

  • Flaky or scaly skin
  • Redness or inflammation
  • Itchy spots or all over itchiness
  • Bumps, spots, or blisters
  • Stinging or burning sensation

When should I see a dermatologist about a rash?

If a rash doesn’t fade on its own within a few days, or if it’s causing significant discomfort, it’s advisable to see a dermatologist. Some rashes might indicate more serious underlying conditions or become infected. At Valley View Dermatology, our experienced providers can diagnose the root cause of your rash and provide a tailored treatment approach, ensuring both comfort and safety.


Dr. Swift completed my semi-annual review of potential skin issues of which I had discovered and had questions about six different areas. For my peace of mind, she put my concerns to rest with all I had found. She had also found numerous other location that also were of no concern. Guess I'll need an invest in a giant sized magnifying glass! Good job, Dr. Swift.”
– D.M.

Diagnosis and treatment options for rashes

Diagnosing a rash starts with a comprehensive review of your medical history, followed by a careful examination of the rash itself. Some rashes can be diagnosed based on appearance alone, while others may require further tests. Depending on its cause, the treatment for rashes can vary from simple topical ointments to oral medications.

Topical corticosteroids

Topical corticosteroids are commonly prescribed for various rashes due to their powerful anti-inflammatory properties. They can relieve symptoms like itching, redness, and swelling. Available in creams, gels, and lotions, these medications reduce inflammation and can help in the healing of the rash when applied directly to the affected area.

Antifungal and antibacterial treatments

For rashes caused by fungal or bacterial infections, specific antifungal or antibacterial creams can be prescribed. These treatments target and eliminate the infectious agents, aiding in the speedy resolution of the rash. Regular application as directed is essential to prevent the rash from returning.

Oral medications

In cases where topical treatments might not suffice or when the rash is extensive, oral medications can be prescribed. These might include antihistamines to reduce itching, oral corticosteroids to combat severe inflammation, or antibiotics for bacterial infections. A dermatologist will provide guidance on dosage and duration to ensure the best results.

Schedule an appointment

Don’t let a persistent rash disrupt your daily life. Reach out to our team at Valley View Dermatology today. We’re here to offer expert advice and effective treatments tailored to your needs.

Call 971-374-2150