Rash Treatments Lewiston ID

The most important step is to try to figure out whether the rash has been caused by an infection or an allergic reaction, since each of these categories will lead to an entirely different course of action.

John Wesley Carlisle, MD
(208) 746-1383
2315 8th St
Lewiston, ID
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1968

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John W Carlisle
(208) 746-1383
2315 8th St
Lewiston, ID
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Dermatology

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Williams, Walter L MD - Dermatology Skin Cancer Center
(509) 758-5141
1119 Highland Ave, #1
Clarkston, WA
 
Dermatology & Skin Cancer Center
(509) 758-5141
1119 Highland Avenue Suite # 1
Clarkston, WA
 
Carlisle, John W, MD - Carlisle John W MD
(208) 746-1383
2315 8TH St
Lewiston, ID

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Robert Leroy Olson, MD
(405) 842-1397
621 22nd Ave
Lewiston, ID
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1958

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Walter L Williams, MD
(509) 758-5141
1119 Highland Ave Ste 1
Clarkston, WA
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1996

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John Carlisle, MD
(208) 746-1383
2315 8th St Grade, Valley Medical Ctr Pllc
Lewiston, ID
Education
Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262Naval Reg Med Ctr, Dermatology; Naval Hosp-Camp Pendleton, Flexible Or Transitional Year

Walter Williams, MD
(509) 758-5141
1119 Highland Ave Suite 1
Clarkston, WA
Education
Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Dermatology

Alan Dennis Olmstead, MD
(208) 734-6800
844 Washington St N Ste 100
Twin Falls, ID
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1980
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Hospital: Magic Valley Reg Med Ctr, Twin Falls, Id

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How to Decipher That Rash

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By Robert Rountree, MD

I try not to overreact every time one of my kids gets a rash, but it still freaks me out. How can I tell if it signals something serious?

When a rash suddenly appears in a normally healthy child, the first thing you should do is step back, take a deep breath, and objectively assess the situation. If the rash is spreading rapidly or showing up all over the body, or if your child is experiencing progressive symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath, increasingly high temperature, weakness, lethargy, or intense headache, joint aches, or muscle pains, then you are dealing with a serious situation and should immediately seek medical assistance. Any rash that doesn’t go away after a week or two also warrants professional help.

If you’ve decided that the situation is not urgent, then you can apply some detective skills by gathering clues about the physical characteristics and location of the rash and the sequence of events prior to its appearance. Even if you are unable to determine the cause, answering these questions will help describe the situation to your healthcare provider: Is the rash confined to one area, or is it widespread? Does it come and go, or does it stay in the same place? Does it have small spots, large blotches, or a diffuse redness? Is it flat, raised, or blistered? Is it pink, red, purple, etc.? Do the affected areas itch or burn? Is it scaly, crusty, or weeping?

The most important step is to try to figure out whether the rash has been caused by an infection or an allergic reaction, since each of these categories will lead to an entirely different course of action. For example, if the rash is from an infection, then your child may be contagious. If systemic symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, diarrhea, or abdominal pain preceded the rash, then you would suspect a virus (measles, roseola, chicken pox), bacteria (scarlet fever from streptococcus), or bacteria-like organisms (Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever). Recent exposure to any of these illnesses or a recent tick bite may be a tip-off.

The most dangerous rash that you could encounter in this context is from bacterial meningitis. In its initial stages, bacterial meningitis may resemble a bad cold or flu, but then things get suddenly worse with a high fever, severe headache, and joint aches. The rash is actually the result of small areas of bleeding called petechiae that occur under the skin and in the mucous membranes and the eyes. It typically begins in one region and then spreads all over the body, thus signaling a life-threatening situation.

Rashes from superficial infections may result from fungi (ringworm, athlete’s foot, diaper rash), viruses (herpes), bacteria (impetigo), or parasites (scabies and mites). Each of these rashes has a unique appearance and typical time course. An important clue is whether the child’s playmates or family members have experienced any similar problems. Recent...

Author: Robert Rountree

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