Rule #1 – Frustration With Rash
If you have a rash that is bothering you, immediately make an appointment with Dr. Ghohestani. Even if the rash can easily be treated, not knowing can be enough frustration to keep you feeling uncomfortable. The discomfort may or may not be a serious problem, but if it is a source of bother, speaking to a doctor can help you know what is going on and what you can do to resolve the discomfort.
Rule #2 – Rash Time
If you find that a rash persists for an extended period of time, you should make an appointment with your physician. Some rashes may resolve themselves in 24 hours, while others may linger for days. Generally speaking, a rash that has been around for a couple of days will resolve itself. Here is what you should look for as clues to know whether to contact your doctor or not:
Rapid Swelling, especially if it is accompanied by shortness of breath
Bleeding blisters, especially in or around the mouth and/or eyes
Rapid changes in color, specifically dusky or black
Extensive peeling in sheets
Rule #3 – Previous Experience With Rash
One of the common misconceptions about rashes is that treatment will always eliminate the rash. In some instances, such as acne, eczema, atopic dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis, hives, and rosacea, the treatment may manage the waxing and waning course of the rash, depending upon several factors.
Dr. Ghohestani can help you know whether maintenance or curability is an option for you given your personal medical history and skin type.
Rule #4 – Rash Likeness
If your rash looks like a picture of Rosacea, chances are you have Rosacea. This becomes beneficial when you are considering a visit to your dermatologist. However, remember that personal diagnosis, while helpful, is not 100% accurate.
Dr. Ghohestani recommends that if you have a question or concern, you should contact your dermatologist, schedule an appointment, and get an accurate diagnosis of what is going on. Proper knowledge leads to proper treatment, which leads to quicker recovery.