Rashes Specialist

Latham Dermatology

Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Dermatology located in Latham, NY

Rashes are common and affect almost everyone at some point in their life. Although rashes usually go away on their own with at-home treatment, if your rash is lingering, you may want to consult with dermatology expert Christine Yang-Finnin, MD, at Latham Dermatology. She can examine your skin and provide treatment to help relieve your rash. If you live in or near Latham, New York, and need help with a skin rash, call the office, or schedule an appointment online.

Rashes Q & A

What is a rash?

A rash is an irritation to your skin that usually causes it to become red and swollen. Some rashes also develop blisters and may be itchy. Rashes have many different causes, ranging from an allergic reaction to a symptom of an underlying health condition.

Examples of skin rashes include:

  • Contact dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis

If you have a rash that won’t go away, call Latham Dermatology for an evaluation to help determine what may be causing your skin reaction and get treatment to reduce your symptoms.


What is eczema?

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is a type of rash that causes your skin to be red and itchy. It often develops in infancy and is a chronic skin condition that flares up periodically.

Though doctors have not yet developed a cure for eczema, Dr. Yang-Finnin can provide treatment to help relieve your discomfort.


What is contact dermatitis?

Contact dermatitis is a type of red, itchy rash that develops from an allergic reaction. Poison ivy is a type of contact dermatitis. You may also develop the itchy skin rash if you’re sensitive to laundry detergents or body soaps. Medication and even skin products developed to protect your skin, can cause contact dermatitis.

Treatment for contact dermatitis usually involves avoiding the allergen. Dr. Yang-Finnin can determine if your skin rash is due to contact dermatitis and help pinpoint the cause to reduce your symptoms.


How are rashes treated?

Treatment for your rash depends on the cause and the underlying condition, if any. To relieve your acute symptoms, Dr. Yang-Finnin may prescribe a topical steroid medication to reduce inflammation and an antihistamine to reduce itchiness.

If your rash is infected, Dr. Yang-Finnin may also prescribe an antibiotic to help clear up the infection and improve the health of your skin.

For a more chronic rash, such as eczema, she may recommend light therapy, which involves exposing your skin to controlled amounts of sunlight to help clear it up. Special ultraviolet (UV) lamps may also be used.

She may also make recommendations for lotions, soaps, or detergents that are gentler for your skin to reduce flare-ups.

For high-quality care for all your skin care needs, call Latham Dermatology, or schedule an appointment using the online booking button.