We’ve all had those random red spots and scaly rashes that seem to appear out of nowhere. All of a sudden, you look at your face, your arms, your leg, etc, and there’s something new there that wasn’t there before. “What is that?!” 

Relax, your local board certified dermatologist is here. Your rash, new spot, bump, lump, or scaly area can be assessed quickly to make sure it’s not dangerous and appropriate treatment can be started.

Some common rashes that seem to pop up overnight include:

Allergic contact dermatitis- An itchy rash that can appear anywhere on the body and is an allergic reaction to a lotion, cream, makeup, metal, or other product.

Eczema- A dry skin rash that is more common on the arms and legs in cooler weather months.

Irritant dermatitis- A rash due to an irritating substance being placed on the skin or mechanical friction causing redness and itchiness of the skin.

Bug bites- These appear seemingly out of nowhere and are often very itchy. The good news is they usually fade away within days if they are not scratched too frequently.

Pityriasis rosea- A rash that tends to appear after a sore throat, runny nose, or cough and spreads quickly all over your upper body. It can be pretty scary, but the good news is this rash also gets better on its own within weeks.

Poison ivy- Spring and summer are the poison ivy seasons in Austin. You might notice after yard work, walking your dog, or going for a run outdoors that you develop bright red, streaks, marks, and rashes on your arms, legs and other exposed areas. This rash often blisters and can be quite itchy. It responds to oral and topical steroids so make an appointment ASAP if you think you might have this rash.

Shingles- This rash is a reactivation of the chicken pox virus, which lies dormant in your nerves after your first infection. It can first start as an itchy, painful, or burning area of skin then red bumps and blisters appear. The sooner you can see your dermatologist, the better, as early treatment of this rash can prevent complications. If you are over 50 years old there is a new vaccine, Shingrix, that you can get to prevent this rash.

Suspicious rashes- If you have a rash that has lasted a long time and you’ve treated it with many different creams and lotions, it’s time to see a board certified dermatologist. The rash could be skin cancer or something dangerous.

If you have a new rash, spot, itch, or bump, see your local board certified dermatologist ASAP to ensure it’s not dangerous and to begin treatment to restore  your skin