Rash Treatment Questions and Answers
AFC Urgent Care is proud to provide first-rate rash treatment to patients in Duncan SC. For more information call us or book an appointment online. We serve patients from Duncan SC, Lyman SC, Wellford SC, Startex SC, Greer SC, Spartanburg SC and Brookhaven, SC.
Anytime you experience a rash, several different things could go through your mind, including where it came from, what it is, and if it is some unknown infectious disease yet to be discovered by humans. While we can assure you that the latter is highly unlikely, we can also provide you with answers and solutions to promptly get rid of the rash at AFC Urgent Care in Duncan, South Carolina! Our medical experts have plenty of experience and expertise in evaluating and treating all different kinds of rashes.
Can I go to urgent care for a skin rash?
Urgent care clinics can provide high-quality treatment for most rashes, so long as they are not accompanied by any potentially life-threatening complications. Urgent care clinics are not equipped to treat life-threatening medical emergencies. As such, if your rash at all appears as though it could be life-threatening, you should immediately go to your nearest emergency room for necessary treatment. Some signs that your rash could be life-threatening include the following:
- Difficulty breathing
- Feeling as though your throat is closing
- Rash that covers all or most of your body
- Substantial blisters that get bigger when pressed on
- Swelling to your lips or tongue
If your rash is not accompanied by any potentially life-threatening complications, you should have no problem receiving excellent treatment from an urgent care clinic. As for us at AFC Urgent Care, our board-certified physicians would be happy to evaluate your rash and provide any necessary treatment.
If you are unsure whether your rash requires emergency room treatment or if an urgent care clinic can provide treatment, we welcome you to call us. Our friendly and professional medical staff can direct you to where you need to go.
How long should it take for a rash to go away?
Ultimately, the length of time it takes for your rash to go away will depend on the cause and severity of the rash, if an infection has settled in, and if you have any underlying medical conditions that could cause complications with the rash. That said, most rashes go away with treatment or on their own within a couple of days to one week.
If you come to AFC Urgent Care for rash treatment, your provider can give you a prognosis for when you can expect the rash to go away, as well as instructions on what to do if it persists longer than expected. If your rash lasts longer than the initial prognosis, we can explore other treatment options, including prescription medication or a referral to a dermatologist.
When should I see a doctor about a rash?
Since rashes often come and go, it can be challenging to know whether your rash warrants a visit to the doctor or if it will go away on its own. While you can always feel free to seek medical care for any rash, even if no treatment is required, you should seek medical care if you are pregnant, if over-the-counter (OTC) medications are unsuccessful, or if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Discharge or pus oozing from the rash
- Fever or chills
- Rash that is not limited to a single area or is spreading quickly
- Red streaks that run away from the rash toward the heart
- Swelling, tenderness, and warmth around the rash
What kind of doctor do I see for a rash?
For initial treatment of any rash that does not occur with any life-threatening complications, a family doctor, primary care physician (PCP), or general practitioner (GP) can provide excellent treatment. That said severe rashes or those that do not improve with initial treatment often require the expertise of a board-certified dermatologist. In such situations, a family doctor, PCP, or GP can provide a referral to a dermatologist for you.