Rashes Specialist

Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc.

Dermatology located in Aiea, HI & Honolulu, HI

In most cases, rashes are harmless and clear up on their own with at-home care. But sometimes your rash may be a symptom of an underlying skin condition. At Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc., with a main office in Aiea and a satellite office in Honolulu, Hawaii, William Wong Sr., MD, and the experienced team specialize in diagnosing and treating skin rashes. To schedule an evaluation, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Rashes Q&A

What are rashes?

Rashes are areas of irritated or swollen skin. They may appear as red patches, tiny bumps, or blisters and can affect one part of your skin or your entire body. Rashes may also be itchy or painful. 

In most cases, rashes are harmless and effectively treated with over-the-counter anti-itch creams or an antihistamine. However, not all rashes are the same. Some people have rashes that come and go or fail to improve over time. 

What causes rashes?

Though mostly harmless, rashes are often a symptom of an underlying skin problem. Common skin conditions that cause rashes include:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Bacterial or fungal infection
  • Contact dermatitis
  • Allergic reaction
  • Psoriasis
  • Acne
  • Shingles (viral infection)
  • Skin cancer

Rashes may also be a symptom of a serious health condition like kidney or liver disease. Certain types of cancers may also cause a rash.

When should I seek medical help for rashes?

In most cases, at-home treatment is all you need to clear up your rash. You should seek medical help if your rash:

  • Covers your entire body
  • Appears and spreads quickly
  • Fails to improve with at-home care
  • Causes pain

You should also schedule an appointment at Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc. for an evaluation if your rash is a recurring problem. 

What happens during an evaluation for rashes?

When you visit Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc. with concerns about a rash, the team conducts an in-depth evaluation to determine the underlying cause so you get the best treatment.

During your evaluation, they ask detailed questions about your symptoms, including the location of your rash, what it looks like, and the discomfort it causes. 

They also review your medical and family history, the medications you take, and ask about various habits that may trigger your rash. 

To confirm or rule out a diagnosis, they may request lab work or take a sample of your rash for further evaluation. 

How are rashes treated?

Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc. takes a holistic and patient-centered approach to care. The team develops individualized treatment plans for rashes based on the underlying cause, the severity of symptoms, your overall health, and your personal preferences.

Once they determine the cause of your rash, they educate you about your condition and treatment options. 

Treatment for your rash may include:

  • A new skin care routine
  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Over-the-counter anti-itch cream
  • Prescription creams, gels, or lotions
  • Disease-specific medication
  • Phototherapy

The team may also refer you to other specialists if they suspect your rashes are a sign of an underlying disease. 

To schedule a consultation at Hawaii Dermatology & Surgery, Inc., call or book online today.