A Few Tips on Rashes

Video Transcript:

And here are some more daily tips from your local dermatologist.

So a lot of times people come into the clinic with a new rash. And they wonder if they touched something, they came in contact with something that caused it. And when we look at these things, we kind of look at two main categories. It’s either an irritant reaction or an allergic reaction.

Now an irritant reaction is something that would happen to anybody if they came into contact with the substances. Kind of like an acid. You put an acid on anybody and it’s gonna irritate or cause a chemical burn. And for those things, you just kind of have to look at those and say, “Okay, I need to back off, and I need to protect my skin from coming in contact with them.” But you can even get an irritant reaction from dishwashing soap, or other sort of fairly mild detergents in your house. So if you’re getting these, the best thing you can do, is to create a barrier between your skin and that product when you’re using it. While it’s healing, do lots of moisturizers! Because a moist, well protected skin will heal quicker than a dry, irritable skin.

Now the second part of that is an allergic reaction. And that’s individual between person and person. So you might be allergic to something, and your friend isn’t allergic to it at all. And that’s how allergies work, because it interacts with your individual immune system. If you notice things that you’re allergic to, then you just need to stay away from them completely. And if you’re not quite sure what you’re allergic to, or what you’re not allergic to, that’s where your local dermatologist or allergist comes into play to help you figure that out.

Dr. Reagan Anderson is a local dermatologist from Colorado Springs.