Our skin can be susceptible to multiple injuries affecting its various layers, including the dermis, epidermis, and in severe cases, muscles and nerves. Skin-related conditions can appear unexpectedly due to common lacerations, burns, or rashes, and insect bites.
Although these usually affect adults, unsupervised children can also suffer from either burns, lacerations, or rashes. Prompt medical attention is crucial to avoid further complications. If left untreated, these issues could lead to infected wounds that may spread quickly, extensive scarring, and persistent pain.
At Carolina Urgent Care, our priority is to provide you with comprehensive medical attention without the need for extensive wait times for appointments. If you or a loved one has suffered from a skin-related condition, don’t hesitate to contact us or visit us in our walk-in clinic in Chapel Hill, NC.
Skin-related conditions may range from the following:
Wounds: Cuts and Lacerations
Cuts and lacerations can happen when managing sharp tools like nails, needles, knives, or scissors. These may range from minor cuts to deep lacerations:
- Incised wounds are straight cuts into the skin, often caused by knives or scissors.
- Puncture wounds are caused by sharp tools like nails or needles.
- Avulsion wounds are caused by heavy machinery and involve the tearing of skin and tissue.
- Lacerations are irregular cuts caused by objects with a serrated edge.
Burns are caused by heat, chemicals, electricity, or radiation. They're classified into three degrees based on their severity:
- First-degree burns are the least severe and only affect the superficial layer of the skin, known as the epidermis. Symptoms may include redness, pain, and mild swelling. They are usually caused by exposure to hot objects or sunburn.
- Second-degree burns affect the epidermis and its underlying tissue, the dermis. Symptoms may include redness, blistering with fluids, and swelling. They usually happen due to exposure to hot liquids, flames, or more severe sunburns.
- Third-degree burns are the most serious and require immediate medical attention. They extend through the epidermis, dermis and affect deeper tissues like muscles and nerves. Symptoms may include charred skin, numbness, and no pain at the exact burn site due to nerve damage.
Rashes involve a change in the texture or color of the skin due to irritation from allergies, infections, and environmental factors. Some common types of rashes include:
- Redness in the skin along with itchiness and discomfort
- Raised areas of the skin like bumps or papules
- Blisters full of fluid are usually caused by allergies and infections
- Hives along with itchiness that usually appear because of allergic reactions
- Scaling or flaking skin that appears to peel with ease
Animal and Insect Bites
Animal and insect bites can cause skin issues like minor irritations to more severe reactions. Bites from mosquitoes, ticks, bedbugs, and spiders inject substances into the skin, which could trigger allergic reactions. Stinging insects like bees or wasps can inject venom, causing itching, swelling, or even difficulty breathing.
Scratches, bites, or licks from animals like dogs, cats, or rodents can introduce bacteria into the skin, leading to more severe infections. It's important to seek immediate medical attention for any severe allergic reaction. Signs may include difficulty breathing, throat and face swelling.
Once you arrive at the Carolina Urgent Care facilities, our team will ask several questions to learn more about the kind of injury you’ve suffered, your medical condition, your family’s medical history, the medication you are taking, and your general symptoms.
After physically examining the wound, burn, or rash you’ve suffered, we will perform all the needed lab and imaging tests to provide a precise diagnosis.
The appropriate plan will depend on the extent of your injury. This may involve pain management, potential skin grafting, and antibiotics to treat the infection.
Carolina Urgent Care focuses on providing exceptional medical attention for all kinds of skin-related conditions. Our primary care physicians work hand-in-hand with you to ensure you recover well.
We understand that every patient has different needs, and delivering personalized care is our priority. Once the team decides on the best treatment plan for your condition, we will also offer a follow-up plan to monitor your healing journey. We will work with you through our guidance to achieve a smooth recovery.