Complex Rashes

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Complex rashes can affect other parts of the body in addition to the skin. These rashes are sometimes associated with an underlying condition that requires treatment. Dr. Christopher Messana and Dr. Kate Messana provide diagnostic services and treatment options for complex rashes here at our Parker, Colorado office.

Complex Rashes Q & A

Complex rashes may be limited to the skin or they may involve other internal organs.

What causes complex rashes?

Certain diseases can cause rashes to appear on the skin. These diseases, many of which are autoimmune disorders or diseases, affect the skin and other parts of the body.These rashes can be mistaken for other skin conditions or diseases, which makes it important for patients to have their symptoms diagnosed. An accurate diagnosis of the underlying condition that causes these skin rashes helps determine the right treatment options. These treatments reduce symptoms, including skin rashes, and lower the risk of complications.

What kinds of rashes indicate an underlying health issue?

There are many different kinds of rashes that can indicate an underlying health issue. These include rashes with tiny red spots, raised rashes that are large, and rashes that blister. Those who have a skin rash and other symptoms should have diagnostic services done to determine what is causing these symptoms. Patients should keep in mind that early detection of autoimmune diseases and other systemic diseases is important so that treatment can start as soon as possible. Early treatment helps prevent these diseases from becoming worse.

What are autoimmune diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are conditions that cause the immune system to attack healthy parts of the body. These diseases can affect the skin and major organs, including the heart and brain, as well as muscles and nerves. In many cases, these diseases target more than one part of the body. The exact cause of autoimmune diseases isn’t known, but different factors are thought to be involved, such as genetics and viruses. There are several types of autoimmune diseases, including lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, bullous pemphigoid, pemphigus vulgaris, vitiligo, and many others.

How is treatment handled for complex rashes?

Treatment plans for complex rashes involve determining which systemic disease is causing these skin symptoms. When there is a diagnosis, a treatment plan focuses on treating the underlying cause of these rashes to ease symptoms and reduce complications. At Elevated Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center, Dr. Christopher Messana works with other healthcare professionals, including primary care providers and specialists, to ensure that patients receive the right treatments. This includes communicating frequently with these healthcare professionals to help patients receive a diagnosis early and begin prompt treatment.

If we see it, we can help! Call us at (720) 851-5200 or schedule your consultation at Elevated Dermatology and Skin Cancer Surgery Center.


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