Little known fact: The skin is the largest organ on the body. It also protects the majority of other organs and as such, receives the brunt of most every external impact or irritant. In addition to this, allergic reactions and other side effects show up on the skin in the form of rashes, bumps, hives and other unpleasant forms.
The quicker a skin condition can be diagnosed and treated, the better. Let’s explore some common skin conditions.
Bug Bites, Rashes, and Minor Skin Irritations
Our urgent care centers are a great place to be seen for a sudden appearance of a rash, a bug bite, or any other minor skin irritation. If you’re experiencing discolored, dry, or itchy skin as a result of a bug bite, skin allergy, or an unknown reason, we will be able to assess the possible cause of the condition and recommend any necessary treatments. Treatments may include over-the-counter treatments or prescription-strength ointments and creams to soothe the skin, which our doctors are capable of prescribing. In the case of a bug bite, our urgent care team can ensure that there is no secondary infection occurring, and make sure that you remain healthy while the bite heals.
Abnormal Bumps and Bruises
Seeing abnormal bumps and bruises can be very scary, leaving many patients leaping to the worst possible conclusions. With access to lab services, our urgent care physicians can eliminate those scary possibilities, or in the worst case scenarios, help you figure out the next steps for treatments. We can also work to diagnose many of the less-frightening reasons that patients may end up with very bad bruising, such as anemia or blood clotting issues.
Emergency Allergic Reactions
Sometimes, people find that they have a sudden rash or hives paired with difficulty breathing. If these are your symptoms, you need to be seen immediately, and may need to call 911 or visit an emergency room. These can be signs of a potentially fatal allergic reaction called anaphylaxis.
All in all, skin conditions are rarely fatal, but can definitely be very uncomfortable. Most of the time, our focus is going to be on keeping you from feeling itchy or pained while we investigate the underlying cause of the hives, rash, or bites. Contact us today, or stop on by, to take care of your skin irritation.
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Please Note: If you are experiencing chest pain, shortness of breath, severe bleeding or concerned that you may have a life threatening condition please call 911 immediately.