An annoying itch or painful rash on the skin sometimes can’t wait for a doctor’s appointment, which is why it can be beneficial to visit an urgent care in your time of need. At iCare ER and Urgent Care, we offer convenient hours and a board-certified medical team to assist when you are looking for solutions for your health concerns.
Often a rash is a minor concern with simple options to ease the discomfort and promote healing. But there are instances when a rash could be an indication of a bigger health concern, which is why you shouldn’t hesitate to talk to a doctor right away.
Symptoms and Causes of Skin Rashes
A rash can manifest with different symptoms, depending on the cause of the condition. The skin irritation can often fit in one of the following categories:
- General Rash: Redness and discoloration anywhere on the skin, raised bumps, itching.
- Hives: Small or large raised areas of the skin. The bumps are pink or red in color.
- Heat Rash: Usually located on the shoulders, neck, or head. The bumps are small, red, and often look like pimples.
- Blisters: The appearance of bubbles on the skin due to fluid in the raised areas. Most of the time the fluid is clear, but sometimes blood-filled blisters can develop and cause dark, shiny spots on the skin.
Common causes of skin rashes include contact with certain plants, exposure to sun and heat, a reaction to environmental compounds, an allergic response to food, or an infection caused by a parasite, virus, or bacteria.
At-Home Rash Care
When a rash develops, sometimes it will clear up on its own with self-care at home. If you have a known allergy, then it is important to minimize contact with that substance. Also, avoid other skin irritants such as chemicals or plants.
Initial treatment should start with cleansing the skin using large amounts of water to remove any remaining compounds on the surface of the skin. Leave the rash exposed to air and be diligent to avoid scratching or picking at the rash. If it is heat related, drink water and move to a shady, cool spot.
Over-the-counter medication can be beneficial, especially when the rash is caused by an allergic reaction. Try using topical hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion. Another option is to take an oral antihistamine, such as Benadryl.
When to Visit an Urgent Care for Rash Treatment
It is important to seek treatment for your rash if any of the following conditions are met:
- Other symptoms, such as signs of infection or fever
- Symptoms are worsening
- The rash doesn’t go away with self-treatment
- Symptoms persist for more than 7 days
- The rash covers large areas of the body
- The red spots are spreading rapidly
- Skin is tender or painful
- Blisters begin to form
Most of the time, an urgent care is sufficient for rash treatment. If you are having difficulty breathing or have a rash that spreads to the eyes, genitals, or mouth, then emergency services might be required.
Walk-in Urgent Care Services
A benefit of visiting our team at iCare ER and Urgent Care is that we provide both emergency and urgent care services in one location. There is no reason why you should pay ER prices if the medical condition can be treated in an urgent care. We’ll complete an initial assessment to determine whether you require urgent care or ER services, then provide fast, efficient support to manage your symptoms.
Our team offers convenient locations in both Frisco and Fort Worth. At iCare ER and Urgent Care, walk-ins are always welcome. Or, you can use the online sign-in form here on our website, or call our office at (214) 407-8668.