Skin conditions & Rashes

The world is beautiful, but sometimes interacting with it can irritate your skin. If you’re troubled by a sudden or persistent rash and live in St. Louis, consult Dr. Daniel Bekele at North City Urgent Care for an accurate diagnosis and the best possible treatment. Take the guesswork out of life with a professional and thorough evaluation. You can pre-register via the online portal before coming in for even faster service.

How do I know if I have a rash?

Rashes are inflamed blemishes on the surface of your skin that appear gradually or suddenly and bring a varying amount of discomfort. Their appearance can vary depending on the cause.

Rash symptoms may include:

  • Red, itchy skin

  • Raised bumps or hives

  • Abscess, or a swollen mass

  • Scaly or shiny skin

  • Thick or leathery skin

  • Blisters that ooze, weep, or crust

In some cases, rashes can also cause headaches and fatigue.

What causes rashes?

Everyone’s skin reacts differently to various settings and substances. We’re not always aware of allergies to the environment or medications we’re taking. Rashes can also result from:

  • Heat

  • Immune system disorders

  • Fungal infections

  • Viral infections

  • Insects or parasites

  • Clogged or irritated pores

Your rash’s cause may be hard to pinpoint, which is why it’s important to see Dr. Bekele at North City Urgent Care so he can help identify the type of rash and its trigger.

What are the most common rashes?

Skin rashes take on many names. Some indicate the appearance of the rash (ringworm) while others suggest its cause (heat rash).

Some of the most common rashes include:

  • Eczema or atopic dermatitis

  • Contact dermatitis

  • Heat rash

  • Diaper rash

  • Christmas tree rash (pityriasis rosea)

  • Intertrigo

  • Lichen planus

  • Poison ivy

  • Athlete’s foot

  • Hives

  • Psoriasis

  • Rosacea

  • Ringworm

  • Shingles

If you suspect you have a rash and live or work in St. Louis, see Dr. Bekele at North City Urgent Care as soon as you can for proper treatment. You can even pre-register using the online portal for faster service.

How are rashes treated?

Depending on the type of rash you have, treatment will vary. Poison ivy rashes are much different than contact dermatitis, eczema, or even hives.

A cream or oral medication may be prescribed in addition to over-the-counter remedies, such as antihistamines. For ringworm, Dr. Bekele prescribes topical antifungal medications to address your outbreak. He will also recommend an at-home regimen that focuses on keeping your skin clean and dry.

If you live or work in St. Louis and have developed a skin rash, seek immediate relief at North City Urgent Care.