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How to tell if a rash needs medical attention

August 27, 2019


A rash is a skin condition in which the color,
appearance or texture of skin changes. Rashes can appear as blotches, redness, bumps,
lumps, welts, or blisters. They can be red, itchy, scaly, dry, or weepy, and they can
occur in one area of skin or all over the body. In addition, some rashes may come and go,
while others never seem to go away. To the untrained eye, all rashes may look
alike and seem easily treatable with over-the-counter oral antihistamines or hydrocortisone cream. However, since rashes have many causes, the
best way to correctly diagnose a rash is to see a dermatologist. Although most rashes are not life-threatening,
some may signal something more serious. If you have a rash and notice any of the following
symptoms, see a dermatologist immediately. The rash is all over your body. A rash that covers the body usually indicates
something more serious, such as an infection or allergic reaction. You have a fever with the rash. If this is the case, seek immediate medical
attention. This could be caused by a serious allergic
reaction or an infection. Examples of rashes caused by infection include
scarlet fever, measles, mononucleosis, and shingles. The rash appears suddenly and spreads rapidly. This could be the result of an allergy. Allergies to medications are common, and some
can be serious. If breathing becomes difficult, go to the
emergency room immediately or call 911. The rash is made up of blisters, or the rash
turns into open sores. This could be the result of an allergic reaction,
a reaction to medication, or an internal cause. Go to the emergency room immediately if the
blisters affect your eyes, multiple areas in your mouth or your genitals. The rash is painful. Painful rashes can be a sign of a serious
problem and should quickly be evaluated by a dermatologist. The rash is infected. If you have an itchy rash and you scratch
it, it may become infected. Signs of an infected rash are yellow or green
fluid, swelling, crusting, pain and warmth in the area of the rash, or a red streak coming
from the rash. Go to the emergency room or call 911 immediately
if you have a rash and you’re having trouble breathing or have swelling of the lips, tongue
or throat. Rashes can come in many forms and, depending
on the cause, they can take days or even weeks to heal. Rather than try to treat the rash on your
own, see a board-certified dermatologist. A dermatologist is trained to tell which rashes require more extensive medical testing and can properly diagnose the rash and determine
the best course for treatment. To find a dermatologist in your area, visit
aad.org.

45 Comments

  • Reply Alison Ford May 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    how do you get rid of rashes

  • Reply Alison Ford May 21, 2016 at 8:40 pm

    thanks but they haven't

  • Reply Eclipse the Brave October 1, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    I went to the doctor he thought it was shingles but then I told him I've had it over a month and he didn't know what it is

  • Reply _NaNa Fei_ October 29, 2016 at 11:12 pm

    0:28 my rashes kinda looks like that :/

  • Reply Lxsinq December 22, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    My rash is bumpy and very very itchy it's hard not to scratch!!!

  • Reply Braxmon January 14, 2017 at 8:31 am

    0:41 I have 2 above my knee on both sides

  • Reply Espa Guette April 5, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    I've been to the doctor 3 times already and after i finish taking the pills the rashes always come back. Any idea what this is? I don't have any rashes that appear in the video, they just show up all over my body, are itchy, they don't hurt, I don't have a fever, my lips get swollen as well but then go back to normal after a few minutes/hours, this is really annoying, two out of the three times I've been to the doctor I was vaccinated and took some pills, but right after taking those pills, they just show up.

  • Reply Sans le skele April 7, 2017 at 10:11 am

    my rash is bumps on my skin that itch and are warm and when I itch I feel chills anyone know what this is?

  • Reply Turnin Down April 10, 2017 at 10:24 am

    Mine is spreading,and spreading quick,it started on my legs,two days later,it has covered 90% of my body,just some parts on the face.

  • Reply PANIC Athedisco May 15, 2017 at 3:12 am

    I think I have cancer

  • Reply Aira Kate June 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    My 5 yr old brother got these rashes one on his chin and now on his back. Its round and its pink and it looks dry.Anyone help

  • Reply Dawn Newton July 2, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I got rashes on my legs it been about a month only on my legs is it the worst it not bad on the reat of my body my arm and back no bad only my legs I so worry qhat wrong I been feeling bad I want to know to do

  • Reply Jay Dolan August 8, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Me and my family went to the beach and me my cousin and my aunt got these rashes we don't know y

  • Reply Anuruddha Weligamage August 22, 2017 at 3:09 am

    My inner thighs have always been sensitive but the other day I went to the beach and a couple hours later I felt pin in my thigh and I looked and there was like a brown dry spot in it and when i touch it it's like rough. Anyone have ideas?

  • Reply Steven Torcino. September 7, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Does eating to many sweet make you have rashes

  • Reply Casen Boyd September 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

    0:32 is what I have

  • Reply The Snowman December 18, 2017 at 2:13 am

    I burned myself with boiling water and my skin is bumpy and very itchy…Some skin is peeling off now

  • Reply Marie Joy January 6, 2018 at 2:45 am

    :08 looks like my grandson's multi-systemic lyme disease rash.

  • Reply Drizzle Up January 26, 2018 at 1:08 am

    I got lots of rash but by 4 days it was heal in may 18 in a long time ago now I don’t have rash now

  • Reply Stay Cool February 16, 2018 at 4:19 pm

    very comprehensive and explained with good photos, helped me with allergic reaction to new detergent irritating my arms and knees

  • Reply goten February 23, 2018 at 4:21 am

    NO NO NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO I HAVE A ITCHY ONE IT ITCH BADLY

  • Reply Potato Retardo April 4, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Should i sweat when i have rashes?

  • Reply Potato Retardo April 4, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    I cant tell if i have chicken pox or rash. I had it right after i cured my fever.

  • Reply mariel dela cruz April 12, 2018 at 4:02 pm

    It feels so good and unreal to have clear skin and no pain, or burn… but have you thought why most remedies, or home cures do not work? There’s exceptions like the one in Kaena Ramingler’s website that I googled, it does take 3 days though, but it works because it’s based on the same principles ANY of the legit cures are based on.

  • Reply michelle warner April 13, 2018 at 10:51 am

    i had pizza hut and then in the morning i had red rah

  • Reply Angel's Vlogs May 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm

    0:41 thats my rash that i always get from heat. had it today at school.its because at my table i cross my legs and it causes it.

  • Reply Anthony Serkov June 11, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    I got a rash on my butt and I’m not even lying.

  • Reply Gerson Carrera July 15, 2018 at 8:34 am

    My rash has blisters

  • Reply CR RC July 31, 2018 at 12:36 am

    1:27 Is that girl 1/2 giraffe?

  • Reply Cultry Om August 14, 2018 at 12:15 am

    I have a bunch of rashes all over that dont go away they dont bother at all but are just ugly

  • Reply Not Here August 23, 2018 at 5:02 am

    Mines covers almost all my back and under my armpits

  • Reply julie August 30, 2018 at 7:26 am

    The truth is ER can't do much for allergic reaction besides epi pen. Even epi shot only works couple hours then hives come back. Best way to do is to see allergist. Of course I had to take 6 different meds include steroids. It did control hives but had to deal with side effects from meds. I researched and I am going to see naturopathy doctor.

  • Reply Ryan Fisher September 25, 2018 at 6:14 pm

    my penis is rashie

  • Reply Aanxiety October 15, 2018 at 9:45 pm

    i just wanna scartch that crap

  • Reply Gamer Soldier Kill The Furries October 24, 2018 at 1:48 pm

    Mom says i have a rash but it was just a stratch

  • Reply Thomas Tyler November 16, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    Cool rash.

  • Reply Joseph Smith February 10, 2019 at 12:00 pm

    I had a bit of a cough and I have a rash but it isn’t sore it doesn’t itch either

  • Reply Selina Limbu March 2, 2019 at 2:21 am

    Mine isn't that big it's like tiny small bumbs

  • Reply Sera is Fancy March 16, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Thats cute how you just keep on harping on how you should see a dermatologist but in Harrisonburg Virginia with no insurance it's hundreds and hundreds of dollars to drive to Charlottesville and see a dermatologist what a joke Sentara the business but our hospital and they don't think it's important for me to see a dermatologist laugh my ass off

  • Reply Deandre and Antaneia Entertainment March 19, 2019 at 8:39 pm

    Ms.Elliott took her babies to the emergency room. I have a book appointment for her hemangioma or rash.

  • Reply Han Pham June 27, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I had blister in the two of middle of my fingers

  • Reply Stokes Wait July 10, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    Skin lotion helps alot just saying

  • Reply Sheree Hardin July 23, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    Good info.

  • Reply Isabelle Wagner July 28, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    O mine is in a little pain is that bad?

  • Reply ROAS August 14, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I hate when I think I get bad stuff like this cause my anxiety gets so bad I can never sleep

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