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Rashes Specialist

Ali Hendi, MD

Skin Cancer Specialists & Mohs Surgeons located in Chevy Chase, MD

A rash is a broad medical term that refers to a change in the appearance of your skin, which can cause symptoms such as redness, bumps, or blisters. A rash can be caused by a skin condition or be a symptom of an underlying health issue. If you have skin rashes from an unknown cause, Ali Hendi, MD, in Chevy Chase, Maryland, can identify the cause and provide the most appropriate treatment. Call Dr. Hendi and the team today or book an appointment online.


What is a rash?

A rash is an irritated or inflamed area of the skin. Common symptoms of a rash include:

  • Redness and signs of inflammation
  • Itchy or painful areas of skin
  • Blisters or other irregularities
  • Patches of raw skin

Your genetic profile can make you more susceptible to rashes. Rashes can develop immediately or take several days.

While a rash can clear up on its own with home remedies, Dr. Hendi can evaluate your skin and help identify the cause and the most appropriate treatment if it doesn't go away.

What are the common types of rashes?

Your rash could be one of several types. Some of the most common types of rashes include:

Contact dermatitis

Dermatitis develops after touching an irritant such as poison ivy or using a new skin care product.


Eczema is a chronic skin condition that can flare throughout life.

Granuloma annulare

GA refers to a chronic skin condition that causes a circular rash with lesions.

Lichen planus

This immunodeficiency disease results in a skin disorder that causes flat-topped bumps.

Pityriasis rosea

Pityriasis rosea a mild rash that causes patches of pink, scaly skin.

Dr. Hendi can diagnose the type of rash you have after examining your skin, reviewing your medical history, and other symptoms.

How is a rash treated?

Dr. Hendi will develop a personalized treatment plan based on your rash's underlying cause and the severity of your symptoms. Treatments include:

  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Topical anti-itch cream
  • Use of skin-sensitive lotions, detergents, and soaps
  • Light therapy

If an allergic reaction caused your rash, avoiding the irritant is the best way to prevent it from returning.

What is eczema?

Eczema, also referred to as atopic dermatitis, is one of the most common reasons for a skin rash. It's a chronic condition that flares up periodically.

A family history of eczema will increase your risk of developing this rash. Common symptoms include:

  • Dry skin
  • Severely itchy skin, especially at night
  • Bumpy blisters that leak fluid
  • Thick, cracked, and scaly skin

There's no cure for eczema, but Dr. Hendi can develop an individualized treatment plan to help relieve your symptoms.

For diagnosis and care of unexplained skin rashes, call Ali Hendi, MD, or book an appointment online.