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Rashes

Internists, Family Medicine & Primary Care Practice located in Alexandria and Lansdowne, VA

Rashes services offered in Alexandria and Lansdowne, VA


A rash can be a nuisance or a sign of an underlying medical problem. If you have uncomfortable or long-lasting rashes, see the specialist at CN Internal Medicine in Alexandria and Lansdowne, Virginia, for an evaluation. The internal medicine, family medicine, and primary care providers find the causes of rashes and treat them to reduce bothersome symptoms and your risk of complications. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online.

Rashes Q&A

What are rashes?

Rashes include bumps, hives, discoloration, or patches that develop on your skin’s surface. While rashes aren’t always a cause for concern, they can indicate a more serious medical problem requiring treatment. If you have a long-lasting rash or a rash that accompanies other worrisome symptoms, see the CN Internal Medicine team for an evaluation.

What are the symptoms of rashes?

Rashes can appear as:

  • Red, pink, tan, or dark-colored bumps
  • Skin discoloration
  • Red patches
  • Hives
  • Itchy skin
  • Bumpy or rough skin patches
  • Other unusual skin conditions

Mild rashes might not bother you and go away on their own over time. In other cases, rashes can cause irritating discomfort and be a sign of a more serious problem.

What causes rashes?

The common causes of rashes include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Heat
  • Illnesses
  • Some medications
  • Eczema
  • Rosacea
  • Scarlet fever
  • Infections
  • Immune system disorders
  • Skin irritants
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Ringworm
  • Shingles
  • Chickenpox
  • Swimmer’s itch
  • Hand, foot, and mouth diseases
  • Poison ivy, oak, and sumac

Finding the cause of your rash and treating it is the best way to reduce the chance of complications.

How does my provider determine the cause of rashes?

To determine what’s causing a rash, the CN Internal Medicine team examines your skin, completes a physical exam, and checks your blood pressure, pulse, and other vital signs.

They review your medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and medication. You might need blood tests, skin biopsies, and other diagnostic tests that allow your provider to make a diagnosis and treat the rash properly.

How are rashes treated?

The CN Internal Medicine team tailors each rash treatment based on its severity and cause and your treatment preferences. They might recommend you try over-the-counter or prescription medications, use lotions, receive a shot, or undergo other allergy treatments.

The treatment goal is to reduce bothersome itching and discomfort, get rid of the rash, and prevent it from reappearing. If you have a complex medical problem causing a severe rash, your CN Internal Medicine provider will refer you to another specialist or hospital care.

If your rash is caused by an illness, get plenty of rest, keep a fever (if you have one) under control, and drink lots of fluids to allow your body to recover.

Call the CN Internal Medicine office today or use the online scheduler to be treated for rashes.

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