Rashes are patches of red, inflamed skin which may result from allergies, medication, or diseases.
Some rashes can be serious and require medical intervention. Here are a few ways to tell if yours are: 1. It covers an expansive area.
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1. You have a fever
Rashes come in all forms and often look the same to an untrained eye, yet some should be taken seriously and addressed quickly by seeing a physician. Rashes may indicate infection, allergies or adverse reactions to medications; and any type that spreads rapidly should probably be seen by medical personnel immediately. If the rash becomes painful quickly it’s advisable to go in for medical examination if spreading rapidly occurs.
Rash with blisters should also prompt medical evaluation. Blisters could be caused by sun exposure, poison ivy or allergies – though, if unrelated, could indicate shingles – an especially hazardous condition among young children.
If the rash is accompanied by fever, headache, sore throat or swollen glands in your neck or armpits it may be time to visit a physician immediately as this could be an indicator of Erythema Infectiosum or Mono (an infectious illness spread via saliva like colds or flu), which spreads like wildfire. Caught via kissing, sharing drinks or food and kissing again, flu viruses are more likely to strike children than adults; but anyone can catch one – typically manifesting with sore throat, runny nose or cough and fever symptoms. On a more serious level, it can spread across arms, legs, trunk and face in reddish flat or raised spots that resemble sandpaper and may contain small circular or halos that make diagnosis difficult. More likely seen among girls and teenagers.
Vasculitis, or blood vessel inflammation, is often seen when there is red skin that does not blanch when pressed. It could be an allergic reaction to medication, psoriasis or an autoimmune disease such as pemphigus vulgaris causing such reactions; antihistamines and an emollient cream should be used as treatment measures against such vascullitis rash rashes as quickly as possible in order to preserve life and protect health.
2. The rash is spreading
Rashes can be indicative of many health issues, from allergies and HIV to medications reacting with certain body tissues and reactions from medications themselves. While most rashes can be managed at home with topical solutions alone, more serious ones need medical evaluation immediately if symptoms such as fever, pain or breathing difficulty appear – it’s wiser to seek medical help rather than waiting.
Whenever a rash resembles bruises, it should be examined by medical professionals as this could indicate that your blood vessels have become inflamed and your clotting system has stopped working as intended. Yellowing or darkening of skin could indicate liver disease or diabetes while any sign that appears as though a cut has occurred or pain has set in should also be brought up to their attention immediately.
An acute blistering rash should be taken seriously and checked out, since these blistering lesions could indicate allergies, mononucleosis or shingles infections. If it comes with fever, swollen glands or breathing difficulties then seek medical care immediately – this could constitute a medical emergency and you should contact either the hospital or urgent care center immediately for evaluation and treatment.
An extensive rash is another telltale sign you need to seek medical assistance immediately, as it could indicate serious illness such as sepsis, meningitis or Henoch-Schonlein purpura – not to mention infections or reactions to medication that needs immediate treatment. If the rash is causing discomfort and itching it’s wise to make an appointment with your physician so they can determine its source and suggest remedies and ways to avoid future episodes.
3. The rash is painful
An irritating or painful rash could be an indicator of serious disease or condition, so it’s essential that it’s evaluated by medical professionals as soon as possible to understand what’s causing it and how best to treat it. Some rashes can be treated at home with over-the-counter anti-itch creams and allergy medication; if symptoms don’t subside after trying these remedies alone, however, doctor consultation may be required.
Painful rashes may indicate your body is fighting an infection or experiencing an allergic reaction, or they could indicate certain chronic conditions like psoriasis or shingles. Some rashes have very distinctive appearances which help doctors identify their source; blister-covered lesions might indicate shingles while dark purple patches or bruised-like marks might suggest your condition is affecting blood vessels and stopping their flow.
If your skin rash appears all over and is painful, seek urgent medical help immediately. It could be an indicator of severe allergic reaction, an infection or another issue which needs urgent treatment.
Check to see whether the rash is localized or widespread. A localized rash refers to any that affects only a localized area of skin; such rashes can typically be treated at home with over-the-counter solutions like calamine or antihistamines; however if it spreads rapidly it should be brought directly into an urgent care center or emergency room for evaluation and treatment.
Widespread rashes refer to any that cover most of the body and appear on both sides, and often spread around evenly. Such widespread rashes could be an indicator of sepsis, meningitis, Henoch-Schonlein purpura or another condition. They could also indicate an allergic reaction from medications or foods and require immediate medical care.
4. The rash is itchy
Rashes range from mildly irritating to telltale indicators of serious illness. Rashes may be caused by anything from autoimmune diseases and infections to insect bites, poison ivy rash, lupus symptoms, eczema/psoriasis/cancer. Rashes may be difficult to identify without medical training due to similarity in appearance between them all; how can you determine whether a rash requires medical attention? Here are a few key indicators.
Itching can be a telltale sign of contact dermatitis, hives, ringworm or impetigo – three conditions which require medical evaluation as soon as possible. If itching persists and accompanies fever or other symptoms it should be evaluated immediately by health professionals; antihistamine-resistant itching must also be assessed, since it could indicate allergies or serious diseases such as cancer.
Blisters indicate a serious infection and should be addressed quickly, since they often ooze or weep with fluid and can be painful. Blistering could also indicate viral or bacterial infection such as herpes, chicken pox, mononucleosis or scarlet fever.
If your rash is accompanied by severe pain, fever and other symptoms like swelling, redness and tenderness in the joints or muscles; seek immediate medical advice if it appears in your mouth or throat as this could be an early indicator of herpes, shingles or encephalitis.
Rash can be distressing, so it is crucial that you know when and why to visit PhysicianOne Urgent Care centers for evaluation by medical professionals. Visit our website and locate the closest PhysicianOne Urgent Care location near you; no one knows rashes better than our board-certified dermatologists who will assess whether it is serious and offer treatments specifically tailored for you; otherwise they will offer tips for self-managing it at home.