When to Worry About Your Skin Rash

Your skin is your body’s largest organ, accounting for about 15% of your body weight. The delicate skin barrier is your body’s primary line of defense against disease and infection-causing bacteria. Therefore, it is often susceptible to health issues, including skin rashes. Vintage Park rash is an inflammation of the skin, occurring due to internal or external factors. Your skin may inflame because of exposure to harmful chemicals, detergents, cosmetics, and poisons. Moreover, you may get a rash from an insect bite, sting, or illnesses such as chickenpox, shingles, impetigo, and eczema.

Although most skin inflammations do not threaten your life, some can indicate a severe health issue. Therefore, you should know how to identify common rashes and their symptoms. Consequently, below are situations that should make you worry about your skin rash.

You experience fever

Fever refers to a temporary rise in the body’s temperature as your immune system viciously fights against your body’s infection.

Fever is a common sign of an infection, including skin rashes. However, if your inflammation gives you a fever, it may also mean you have a severe reaction to allergens, like trees and grass pollen, medicines, insect stings, pet fur, and certain types of food.

It is widespread

A skin inflammation spreading quickly throughout your body is often severe; therefore, you should seek medical attention immediately. A rash affecting your entire body may come from an allergic reaction or a viral infection.

For instance, Lyme disease, which comes from being bitten by black-legged ticks, can cause a rash covering your body. Other common causes of viral infections may include measles, fifth disease, and Roseola.

You may be susceptible to widely spread-out rashes if you have a weaker immune system. For example, a later-stage HIV infection may lead to you having disseminated herpes zoster (shingles).

Painful rashes

It is usual for a rash to be itchy, which should not worry you. But when a rash is itchy and painful, you may have a severe health problem like a sexually transmitted infection that requires immediate treatment.

Your doctor will treat a painful viral rash using antiviral medication. Go for early treatment to avoid risks such as damage to your vision and neuropathic pain.

Breathing problems

When the occurrence of rashes also leads to you having trouble breathing, you may have anaphylaxis. The condition may result from a bee sting or eating peanuts.

Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction that is severe and can threaten your life. You can go into a coma, suffocate, or experience heart failure.

Other common signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis are vomiting, dizziness, and irregular heartbeat.

Rashes form blisters

Many severe diseases and infections cause rashes that have blisters. If you cannot manage a blistering rash at home, see your doctor as soon as possible.

Rashes or a rash appearing for more than a week

Most rashes disappear within a few days, even without home care. A long-lasting inflammation requires specialist intervention.

Contact Elite Dermatology & The Oaks Plastic Surgery today for the diagnosis and treatment of your skin condition.