Spring is almost here! It’s time to pack away winter coats, tend to our lawns and deep clean our homes. As you dust off the windowsills and pull out the shorts, don’t forget to give your skin a “spring cleaning,” too. It’s typical this time of year to notice skin conditions that may have developed over the winter months. Here are three common skin conditions to look out for:
Most people will have a wart at some point in their life. While they don’t typically cause a lot of pain, they can be bothersome. Warts can spread with skin to skin contact and through shared towels or razors.
When to see a doctor: Consider visiting a doctor if a wart is causing you pain or if it is interfering with your activities. Some warts will heal over time, but many people choose to have them removed through a quick cryotherapy procedure.
Rash (skin irritation)
Also known as contact dermatitis, rashes are a common condition in which the skin becomes red, itchy and inflamed. Common causes include soaps, detergents, bleaches, cleaners, chemicals and plants. Rashes can be very uncomfortable. In order to stop the effects of the irritation, it is important to identify what is causing it.
When to see a doctor: If the rash is painful, infected or is spreading along your body, it’s time to visit your primary care provider or an urgent care.
Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin. It typically appears on the scalp, nails, feet, groin or beard. Ringworm is known for presenting as red, itchy patches with outside edges that resemble a ring.
When to see a doctor: Ringworm can often be treated with over-the-counter antifungal creams, but if it persists, consider a visit to your doctor. A doctor may suggest prescription-strength medication in the form of a topical cream or oral pill.
Not sure what it is?
If you have a skin condition that is bothering you, but you aren’t certain what may be causing it, visit your nearby Immediate Clinic. Our experienced providers will assess your condition without judgment or embarrassment. Our team is here for you every day, 8 am to 8 pm.