Rash Treatments Sand Springs OK

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.

Earl U Bachenberg, DO
(918) 582-1622
1619 S Boulder Ave
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1967

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Lawrence J Gregg, MD
(918) 749-2261
2121 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Hillcrest Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok; St John Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Tulsa Dermatology Clinic Inc

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Lawrence J Gregg
(918) 749-2261
2121 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
Specialty
Dermatology

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James Leach, MD
(718) 579-5623
1919 S Wheeling Ave
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1974

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Lynn A Anderson
(918) 728-3100
1725 E 19th St
Tulsa, OK
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Dermatology

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David B Minor
(918) 712-8888
1516 S Yorktown Pl
Tulsa, OK
Specialty
Dermatology

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Scott William Meyers, MD
(918) 293-9966
1440 Terrace Dr
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1994

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Dr.Earl Bachenberg
(918) 749-7177
1844 East 15th Street
Tulsa, OK
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M
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med
Year of Graduation: 1967
Speciality
Dermatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Lynn Arnaud Anderson, MD
(918) 728-3100
1725 E 19th St Ste 201
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1983

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Vincent Paul Barranco, MD
(918) 749-2261
2518 S Columbia Ave
Tulsa, OK
Specialties
Dermatology, Dermatopathology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: St John Med Ctr, Tulsa, Ok
Group Practice: Tulsa Dermatology Clinic Inc

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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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