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A Raw Deal: Dealing with Skin Infections

When rashes, boils, blisters or red, irritated skin take over your life, something needs to be done. Skin infections can be caused by a number of different things ranging from bacteria to food allergies and can quickly become problematic.

“A skin infection can make you miserable and can lead to a spread of infection and bacteria,” said Advance ER physician Dr. Ronnie P. Shalev. “If you are in pain or discomfort and the infection isn’t improving on its own, we’re here to help.”

Occasionally, a rash caused by environmental factors or food allergies will clear up on its own with over-the-counter medications. But infections such as impetigo, staph, thrush or yeast infection need to be treated by a physician when they migrate deeper into the body. “When a skin infection goes systemic, then we need to treat it—fast,” said Dr. Shalev. “To prevent it from getting to that point, it’s a good idea to see one of our board-certified, experienced physicians right away when you first notice the occurrence.”

Come to Advance ER for:

  • Red, irritated skin that is painful
  • Boils
  • Blisters
  • Ulcerated area of skin
  • Red rings or circles on skin
  • Rashes – red or natural colored; small bumps or large, raised areas
  • Redness and swelling on skin
  • Fever accompanying skin condition
  • Low blood pressure accompanying skin condition
  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or dizziness accompanying skin condition
  • Rash on palms of hands or bottoms of feet
  • Skin infection passed on to two or more family members

If you’ve experienced a recurring rash or boils, blisters, ulcers, skin flaking, red rings on skin or other skin irritation, it’s important to get a medical diagnosis and not put it off any longer. “Skin infections aren’t able to be self-diagnosed. We’re here to provide a diagnosis and a treatment plan for any condition that’s been plaguing you,” said Dr. Shalev. “The nice thing is you can walk into Advance ER and be seen within minutes, anytime day or night.”

In pain? Advance ER is always open.

Meet Dr. Shalev:

Dr. Ronnie P. Shalev is board-certified in emergency medicine and sees patients of all ages. Dr. Shalev received her medical degree from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX.

Dr. Shalev completed her emergency medicine residency at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. After that, she returned to Texas to serve in emergency medicine as an attending physician.