Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills

Primary Care Practice located in Cameron, NC

A persistent rash, itching, or dry patches may indicate a skin condition that needs medical attention. Men, women, and families in Cameron, North Carolina, can seek immediate attention for stubborn dermatologic issues in Family Practice and Acute Care of Sandhills. Our team of providers can help identify the cause of your skin problem and offer effective treatment. Call the office or book online for an appointment.

Dermatology Q & A

What types of skin conditions deserve medical intervention?

You might watch and wait if you have a skin rash or blemish that isn’t painful and isn’t getting worse. But you should have your skin condition checked if:

  • You’re also running a fever
  • A large part of your body is affected
  • It seems to be spreading
  • It’s oozing

Itching rashes that resolve within a few days are most likely harmless. But if a skin issue persists for a weeks or more, comes on suddenly, or interferes with daily activities, make an urgent care appointment with one of our providers.

Which skin symptoms suggest a chronic condition?

Acne, eczema, and psoriasis are common chronic skin conditions. Eczema can appear as red, itchy patches that sometimes ooze and crust over. Scaly patches of thickened skin usually characterize psoriasis. Acne can include pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, and cysts. All of these long-term skin problems benefit from diagnosis and medical management.

Should I seek medical treatment for sunburn or skin burns?

Mild sunburn can be manageable at home with cooling creams, such as aloe vera. But if it covers a significant amount of your body and is causing headache and fever, come in immediately.

Burns acquired from touching electricity or chemicals need to be checked out by a health care provider. If a burn has signs of infection, including swelling, oozing, or red streaks, definitely come for an urgent care visit.

How are skin conditions treated?

The treatment depends on the cause of your skin issue. Chronic conditions, such as eczema and psoriasis, may respond well to topical or oral medications as well as changes in lifestyle habits. Our team can help you identify triggers that may contribute to flare-ups and discomfort.

An acute rash that appears out of nowhere may mean you’ve come into contact with poison oak, sumac, or poison ivy. You may also have contact dermatitis triggered by using a new lotion or detergent. It’s always important to have a new rash checked to ensure it’s not something contagious.

For evaluation and treatment of dermatologic concerns, including rashes, burns, and skin swelling, call Family Medicine and Acute Care of Sandhills or book an appointment online.