Urgent Care for Skin Problems
If you have itching, skin irritation, or other symptoms of skin problems, there’s no need to wait for relief. Physicians Now is open seven days per week, giving you access to medical care at a time most convenient for you. Our staff members provide high-quality care in a friendly environment, making Physicians Now the best place to get the care you need. If you have any of the symptoms of the following skin conditions, call us at (301) 519-0902 to schedule an appointment.
Many spider bites are harmless, but others cause pain, swelling, and redness at the site of the bite. Some people even experience allergic reactions to spider bites, so it is important to seek medical care if you experience severe symptoms. One of our staff members will evaluate your spider bite and choose a treatment that minimizes discomfort.
Call (301) 519-0902 now for an immediate appointment with an emergency care physician about treatment for skin problems.
Some insects inject venom into your skin when they bite, so insect bites can trigger allergic reactions or skin sensitivities. You are more likely to experience a reaction if you are bitten multiple times, but some people react to just one bite. If you experience hives, fever, severe swelling, or painful joints after an insect bite, seek medical attention as soon as possible. Fire ants and scorpions often cause the worst bites, but ticks, mosquitoes, and biting flies can also cause problems.
Poison ivy plants contain an oily substance called urushiol, which is what causes itching and other symptoms after exposure. Approximately half of people exposed to this substance develop the itchy rash characteristic of poison ivy exposure. If you have redness, swelling, itching, or blisters, one of our experienced physicians will examine the rash and make a diagnosis. We can also prescribe corticosteroids or other medications to reduce discomfort and keep the symptoms under control. It is especially important to seek treatment if you have a widespread rash, the blisters are oozing, or the rash does not improve within one week.
Poison oak also contains urushiol, so exposure can cause itching, hives, and other skin problems. In the Eastern United States, the poison oak plant grows in low shrubbery, so it is easy to come into contact with the plant while hiking or participating in other outdoor activities. Seek medical attention if the poison oak rash covers a significant portion of your skin, or if the rash is near one of your eyes. We will assess the rash and provide treatment to reduce discomfort and prevent complications.
Bee and Wasp Stings
There are several different types of bees and wasps that can sting you. Bees and wasps use a stinger to inject venom into the skin. Honey bees have a stinger with a venom sac that remains in the skin after a sting. Yellow jackets, hornets, and wasps usually retract their stingers after a sting. This is why they can bite the same person more than once. If you experience a localized reaction to a bee sting, you may experience swelling, redness, and pain at the site of the sting. You can also experience a systemic reaction, which causes dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
If you have a rash that will not go away, or the skin becomes extremely irritated, it is important to seek medical attention. Some rashes are caused by contact dermatitis, which occurs after exposure to certain perfumes, jewelry metals, detergents, fabrics, shampoos, soaps, or cosmetics. Rashes also occur due to chronic skin problems such as psoriasis or eczema.
If you do not have a primary care doctor, or your doctor’s office is closed when you develop skin problems, there’s no need to delay seeking treatment. Physicians Now has extended hours and a convenient location to meet your needs. Call to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced, compassionate physicians.