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Frontline Internal Medicine LLC

Ogechi Mbakwe, MD

Internal Medicine located in Statesboro, GA

Skin rashes, like psoriasis and contact dermatitis, can be uncomfortable and even embarrassing. At Frontline Internal Medicine in Statesboro, Georgia, Dr. Ogechi Mbakwe offers comprehensive diagnostic and treatment options for a variety of rashes. Dr. Mbakwe and her experienced staff can help you understand the cause of your rash and create a custom treatment plan to improve the health of your skin and eliminate rash outbreaks in the future. Find out more about available rash treatments by calling the office in Statesboro or use the convenient online booking feature.

Rash Q & A

What is a rash?

A rash is a change in the color or texture of your skin that feels irritated, bumpy, or painful. There are numerous types of rashes that can result from a variety of underlying medical conditions or environmental substances.

Common rashes Dr. Mbakwe treats include:

  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Shingles
  • Scabies
  • Contact dermatitis

Rashes can be mildly irritating or result in other serious medical complications, with symptoms varying in severity based on the cause of the rash.

What’s the difference between eczema and psoriasis?

The symptoms of eczema and psoriasis are similar, with both causing itchy, scaly patches of skin. Psoriasis appears as well-defined, silver-colored skin patches, typically forming on the scalp, knees, elbows, and your lower back, while eczema usually affects the bends of the knees and elbows.

Psoriasis and eczema both cause itching. The itching with psoriasis tends to be mild, while eczema tends to cause uncomfortable, intense itching.

Dr. Mbakwe can determine which type of rash is affecting your skin after a physical examination and a review of your symptoms.

Is contact dermatitis triggered by allergies?

Contact dermatitis is a rash that results from making contact with an allergen. A red, itchy rash usually develops within hours after the contact and can further develop into oozing blisters and raw, painful patches of skin.

Scratching affected skin can cause worsening of the irritation and may even result in a skin infection.

What is shingles?

Shingles is a viral infection that results of the varicella-zoster virus, which also causes chickenpox.

The virus can remain dormant in the nerve tissue around your brain and spinal cord, reactivating at a later time as painful blisters on any part of your body.

What are available treatment options for rashes?

Depending on the type and severity of the rash, Dr. Mbakwe may recommend over-the-counter or prescription medications to reduce the pain and irritation of a rash. You may need to take these medications orally or use them as a topical treatment.

There isn’t a cure for the shingles virus, but Dr. Mbakwe can prescribe antiviral drugs to reduce your risk for complications. If the rash is the result of a bacterial infection, Dr. Mbakwe can provide antibiotics to clear the infection.

Dr. Mbakwe also evaluates the root cause of the rash and creates a treatment plan to help prevent rashes from allergies or underlying medical conditions from affecting your health in the future.

Find out more about available treatment options for rashes by calling Frontline Internal Medicine or using the online booking feature.