DRS Medical Associates
Primary Care Physicians located in Jersey City, NJ
Itchy, irritated, and swollen skin can be a symptom of any number of medical problems. If you or your children have an unexplained rash, make an appointment to see Dr. Ray Santos and Dr. Ritu Sharma at DRS Medical Associates in Jersey City, New Jersey. Practicing family, internal and pediatric medicine Dr. Sharma and Dr. Santos can diagnose and treat rashes and other irritating skin conditions.
Rashes Q & A
What causes a rash?
A rash is often the result of an allergic reaction. You may have come into contact with an irritating substance or something that your immune system senses as a threat.
Contact dermatitis, for example, occurs when you touch something irritating, such as a lotion, laundry detergent, or other chemical. Poison ivy is a natural cause of contact dermatitis.
Autoimmune disorders and even gastrointestinal intolerances and allergies can cause rashes, too. Because there are so many possible causes, it’s important to get chronic or serious-looking rashes examined by a doctor. Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma can help pinpoint the cause to provide an effective treatment.
When should I see a doctor?
A rash that’s extremely itchy, red, or swollen may need a doctor’s care, especially if it doesn’t resolve within 24 hours on its own or it interferes with your daily activities. A rash that covers a large area of your body, or is chronic also deserves medical attention.
Rashes may look scaly or appear as little red bumps or pimples.
How do I know if the rash is eczema?
Eczema refers to an entire group of medical conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed or irritated, including contact dermatitis. Babies and small children may develop a type of eczema on their face that resolves on its own. Flare-ups may last a few days, or become chronic. Eczema symptoms are different for everyone, but often include:
- Dry, sensitive, red, and inflamed skin
- Serious itching
- Rough patches or scaly skin
- Oozing rashes or sores, often from excessive scratching
- Dark patches of skin
- Swollen areas of skin
Eczema flare-ups can last just a few days, or can be a chronic condition. The staff at DRS Medical Associates can help you and your family manage eczema of any kind.
What are the treatments for a rash?
Dr. Santos and Dr. Sharma will evaluate your rash and look for potential causes, including allergies or autoimmune problems. They’ll help alleviate symptoms of redness and itching by recommending appropriate over-the-counter creams or by prescribing a medical grade solution. In some cases, they may prescribe oral or injectable steroids to help clear up the condition. If it’s determined that there is an underlying medical cause for the rash, they’ll address that, too.
Major Insurance Providers Accepted
At DRS Medical Associates, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a short-list of just some of the most popular plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
Words from our patients
"Dr. Sharma was friendly, informative and straight forward when it came to health concerns. She took time to get all the medical history and shared a lot of knowledge."
"I have been to DRS several times and seen Dr Ritu. She is a very very good doctor who truly cares about her patients. "
"Not once did I feel rush and both doctors took their time to answer my questions. I didn't leave there thinking that they were pushing me into anything either. "
"I am so thankful for his passion and knowledge. He is officially our family doctor here in JC with a great location and hours!"
"I have been with Medical associates for the last 2 months and like them a lot. They respected my wishes and made sure I got the correct treatment."
"Our experience has been with Dr. Santos. He is a patient and kind physician who listens and provides compassionate feedback about childcare."
"Dr. Santos was great. He took the time to understand all my symptoms and any any history since I was a new patient. Did not feel rushed and felt very comfortable."
"I see Dr. Sharma and she has always been very patient in listening to my history and accurate with her diagnosis."
"Dr Sharma is really good doctor. She is thorough, very diligent, and takes her time to listen before arriving at a diagnosis. Highly recommend."
"Excellent doctors!!! Wonderful staff !!"
"The office is very clean, comfortable, and nicely decorated. I did not wait at all to be seen. Highly recommend this practice!"
"Greatest service! Best docs! Dr. Ritu & Dr. Ray are extremely friendly and patience. Highly recommended"
"I had a great experience with Dr. Sharma. I did not have to wait and she was very thorough. I have now found a doctor I love!!!"
"Dr. Ray cares about giving his patients quality service and attention. Highly recommended."
"Her bedside manner is awesome. She takes the time to explain things and answer questions and not trying to rush you out like other doctors."