Rash Treatments West Warwick RI

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.

Lynn E Iler
(401) 885-7546
1672 S County Trl
East Greenwich, RI
Specialty
Dermatology

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Dr.Lynn Iler
(401) 885-7546
1672 South County Trail Suite 101
East Greenwich, RI
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med
Year of Graduation: 1995
Speciality
Dermatologist
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Hosptital: Rih
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Caroline Susan Wilkel, MD
(401) 885-4100
2850 S County Trl
East Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1985

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Nomate Toate Kpea, DO
(401) 467-1166
647 Jefferson Blvd
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chicago Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Chicago Il 60615
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Newport Hospital, Newport, Ri
Group Practice: Skin Medicine & Surgery Ctr

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Dr.Catherine Quirk
(401) 739-2301
300 Toll Gate Road #201
Warwick, RI
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1995
Speciality
Dermatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Lynn Elizabeth Iler, MD
400 Bald Hill Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1995

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Dr.Eugene Schoenfeld
(401) 739-1512
300 Toll Gate Rd # 301B
Warwick, RI
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Nacl Auto De Mexico, Fac De Med, Mexico Df
Year of Graduation: 1963
Speciality
Dermatologist
General Information
Hospital: Affiliated W/ Kent Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.1, out of 5 based on 8, reviews.

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Caroline S Wilkel
(401) 885-4100
2850 S County Trl
East Greenwich, RI
Specialty
Dermatology

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Catherine M Quirk, MD
(401) 739-2301
300 Toll Gate Rd Ste 201
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1995

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Eugene Schoenfeld, MD
(401) 739-1512
300 Toll Gate Rd Ste 301B
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nacl Auto De Mexico, Fac De Med, Mexico Df, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1963

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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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