There are lots of comments from you on the website about rashes and as you well know rashes come in all shapes and sizes. They can be itchy; they can be due to an infection, infestation or even an allergy. The most important thing with a rash is if you are experiencing one right now my suggestion is to take a photograph of it because very often by the time you get to see the GP it’s gone and you have to explain from memory. For us, if we can see a picture of it, very often we can make the diagnosis on the spot.
If you suddenly come up with a rash then when you do see the doctor it’s very important to give them a few specific details. And one of those things that patients often forgot to tell their GP for example is they’ve taken any over the counter medication, if they’ve been taking any herbal medication or even if you’ve been taking any recreational drugs. All of these are very, very important in the context of rashes that simply emerge out of nowhere.
Some of you describe having rashes for years. One thing I would say to you is if you had something that is lingering for a long time and just you’re simply not getting on top of it even if you’ve already been to see your GP do go back. Just because something has been there for 10 years that doesn’t mean that you’re not entitled to see the GP. In fact, I would actively encourage you to see the GP and get to the bottom of it.
There’ve been some questions on the website about rosacea. Now rosacea isn’t actually, necessarily a skin rash, but rather an adult form of acne and it’s incredibly common. Much more common in people of Celtic origin and tends to occur at a later stage in life as opposed to teenage acne. So, you’re looking at the 30s, 40s, 50s. You shouldn’t be embarrassed because it’s very common and it’s particularly easy to treat. Go along and see your GP, this is a diagnosis they make day in, day out and it’s easily treated with antibiotics either taken by the mouth or rubbed onto the skin. In an event to prevent it flaring up always remember as well to wear sun block 365 days a year and avoid triggers such as spicy food, stress and alcohol.
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Doctor Responses: Skin Rashes
Dr Pixie discusses your most commonly asked questions about a range of rashes and skin problems.
Most of the questions that Dr Pixie answers were posted in the comments section of the Embarrassing Bodies rashes condition guide.
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