A rash is an area of skin irritation or swelling that is associated with redness, itchiness, and flaking. Rashes are common in children, but many adults can also experience rashes as a result of allergic reactions, exposure to irritants like chemicals or poison ivy, or even from temperature changes! Rashes develop as your body attempts to protect itself. After coming into contact with an allergen or irritant, it may take hours to days for the rash to develop. Once established, rashes may dissipate on their own or with medical intervention. In some cases, rashes may require long-term treatment to manage.

There are many types of rashes, some are caused by allergic reactions while others develop secondary to other conditions. As NYC's top dermatologist, Dr. Schultz has over 35 years of experience identifying and treating rashes. Some of the most common types of rashes treated at Park Avenue Skin Care include:

  • Eczema: a common condition where a rash and flaky skin develop in response to irritants, which can include detergents and scents. This condition is chronic and requires long-term care.
  • Allergic Eczema: an itchy, red rash that develops after coming into contact with an allergen, including ingesting an allergen.
  • Contact Dermatitis: a rash that develops after coming into physical contact with an allergen, such as cosmetics, jewelry, or plants.
  • Shingles: a painful rash caused by a reactivation of the chickenpox virus. Most common in older individuals who have experienced chickenpox during their childhood. Shingles is also associated with nerve damage.
  • Drug Allergies: a rash that develops as a result of a new medication or supplement. This can be a noted side effect of the medication, while others may develop a rash as an allergic reaction to the drug.
  • Bug Bites: a rash that develops at the site of a bug bite.
  • Certain Medical Conditions: a variety of conditions, such as chicken pox, measles, hand, foot, and mouth disease, are associated with rashes.

Rashes are associated with a wide variety of symptoms, which can develop to varying degrees. The most common symptoms of rashes that Dr. Schultz treats include:

  • Itchiness
  • Skin redness
  • Dry, scaly, or crusted skin
  • Thick or leathery resulting from scratching
  • Blisters
  • Infection

While rashes are an uncomfortable condition, there are many great treatments available. Depending on the type of rash you are experiencing, Dr. Schultz may recommend one of the following treatments:

  • Oatmeal Baths: a treatment used to hydrate and sooth the skin following a rash.
  • Topicals: ointments or creams, like calamine lotion, that can be applied to the skin to reduce redness, control itching, and promote healing.
  • Hydrocortisone Cream: a specialized cream designed to minimize itching and other allergic reactions
  • Oral Antihistamines: a specialized medication designed to minimize itching and other allergic reactions. Oral antihistamines can also cause drowsiness, which is helpful when itching and discomfort has prevented the patient from sleeping well.
  • Immunosuppressants (biologics): specialized medications, also known as biologics, that are designed to treat rashes caused by autoimmune responses.

With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Schultz has become the Upper East Side's go-to dermatologist for the best care for common to chronic rashes. Once you arrive at our modern, clean office, Dr. Schultz will meet you and begin a thorough examination of your skin. After discussing your symptoms, concerns, and skin history, Dr. Schultz will create a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan. Using his years of experience and access to the best technology, Dr. Schultz may recommend a combination of treatments to manage your rash and alleviate the most uncomfortable symptoms.

Dr. Schultz takes the time to carefully examine the areas affected by rashes, as well as areas of healthy skin. After a detailed discussion of your symptoms, history, and potential causes of the rash, you'll learn which treatment option is right for you. For most people, rashes can be managed using conservative methods – like oral antihistamines and topicals. However, it is important to work with an expert like Dr. Schultz to ensure that you are receiving the best treatment for common to chronic rashes.

Patient Reviews

I've been seeing Dr. Schultz for the last 8 years and during that time, I've recommended him to countless friends for both cosmetic and medical dermatologic help. I trust him completely both diagnostically and aesthetically. When I had shingles, he was wonderful, incredibly supportive and kind. And when I eased into doing more cosmetic dermatology, he was– and continues to be– patient, careful and cautious. He listens to concerns and really hears what your goal outcome is and works with you to make it happen. I wanted to maintain a natural look while keeping my skin looking fresh and that's just what he's done for me. I always leave his office feeling prettier and well-cared for! If you have a medical concern or something about your skin you want to upgrade, you can't do better than Dr. Schultz and his wonderful team. And the products are amazing as well!

- Laura B.

Dr. Schultz is the most thorough and good natured dermatologist I have ever seen. I have been a patient of his for more than 20 years. He has taught me everything I know about the value of taking care of my skin, a gift that keeps on giving. He also takes the time to listen to me, to see me as an individual and doesn't treat my needs as a one size fits all doctor. I really appreciate his kindness, patience and expertise. I absolutely love his product line and have definitely reaped the rewards from using it, especially his glycolic peel pads and moisturizer, which I can't live without. My skin feels softer, smoother, appears more translucent and actually looks younger! He helped me to see beyond the lines and wrinkles, although he so good at helping to keep those at bay while maintaining a very natural appearance. His staff is outstanding. They make you feel welcome, like family, from the moment you walk through the door. Angela, Monika, Deborah and all of the support staff are extraordinary at what they do. Thank you Dr. Schultz and everyone at Park Ave Skincare. You're the best!

- Laura M.

Dr. Schultz has truly transformed my skin, so much so that I can confidently leave the house without wearing makeup now. During my first meeting with him, he intently listened to my skin concerns, we discussed what my goals were, and he explained pragmatically what treatments and products he recommended for me. I truly appreciate his fantastic bedside manner and conservative approach. I am a perfectionist in every aspect of my life, including my skin, and he understood this and was committed to helping me achieve every skin goal I had. The entire staff is just so fantastic and friendly, from reception to the PAs. They make you feel welcome and extremely comfortable, which to me is very important when visiting any doctor’s office. As someone who works too much and never gets enough sleep, my skin was looking very dull and lifeless. My skin is now full of life again and has an incredible glow to it which I have never had before. And I owe it all to the incredible Dr. Schultz.

- Kelly D.

My partnership with Dr Schultz began more than 30 years ago. As a generous friend, advisor, skilled surgeon, and superb cosmetic diagnostician, he has enabled me to look my best. He has kept me abreast of the most sophisticated procedures and in so doing, has maximized my appearance, always guided by what will be most beneficial for me. He is someone I go to for advice and care and his staff is another manifestation of this care. I don’t know many patients who can say this, and I feel fortunate to be among them.

- Ellen R.

In the four years that I've been a patient of Dr. Schultz, my acne-prone skin has gone from constant breakouts to smooth and clear. These days, I feel confident and comfortable enough in my skin to wear minimal makeup, if any—which I never would have done in years past. He and his warm, friendly staff always go above and beyond; he takes the time to listen, talk with me, and create the best plan for my skin. It's clear he has my best interests in mind, and I trust him wholeheartedly. I would highly recommend him to friends, family, and frankly, anyone who asks.

- Deanna P.

Each session with Dr. Schultz is a mini education in skin care. He approaches each patient as a unique individual with different needs. I’m Asian and he’s explained to me how that impacts treatment in a clear manner that a layperson can understand. At each examination, he recites detailed notes to his staff which he then refers back to at each future appointment, adjusting and tweaking treatment plans when necessary. Over the past two years I’ve seen a remarkable improvement in my blemishes and overall complexion and wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking to enhance their appearance.

- Sherry G.

I have been a patient of Dr. Schultz for many years, and I continue to be amazed at his medical approach, patience, and professionalism. He takes the time to listen to my health concerns, explains how and why he would like to issue a treatment in a way that I understand , answers all of my questions, and all of his procedures and painless and thorough. He is very attentive, results-oriented, and extremely knowledgeable. He follows up and is committed to my health and satisfaction. The Park Avenue Skincare is a calm environment and the staff are all very friendly, warm, and respectful. It's easy to get appointments at a time that works for me and they are always on time and considerate. I think so highly of him and his practice that I sent my mom to him, and continue to go to his office even though my life is based in midtown west! I have great confidence in the care that he gives.

- Katrina A.

Frequently Asked Questions

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