Urgent Rashes: What You Need to Know

To put it frankly, rashes are scary. I would bet that you’ve never had one and not been freaked out, right? However, not all rashes are urgent rashes.  There are a few characteristics of rashes that you can use to easily determine if your rash is benign or an urgent rash. Here’s what you need to know.

Urgent Rashes: What You Need to Know

Urgent care centers like Rapid Med see rashes at every hour of the day. From toes to foreheads, a rash can appear anywhere at any time. However, a rash never shows up without reason. If you see a rash pop up, something has caused it.  The reasons vary wildly in character, though. Some rashes simply occur because of irritated skin, while others are a result of an infection. In some cases, rashes occur as a symptom of an allergy. As the nature of the rash changes, so too does the treatment.

Saying with any degree of certainty that a rash is just a rash or that it requires medical attention requires a degree. There are simply too many variables involved in rashes that can’t be diagnosed over the internet. Some are simple, though. The rash that Lyme disease causes, for example, is fairly distinct.  These are a few things you can do to tell from a quick glance if the rashes you see in your life are urgent rashes or not.

Fever or Pain

This one is fairly straightforward: if you are experiencing a fever or pain alongside your rash, it’s more than just irritated skin.

Fevers are always a sign that your body is trying to rid itself of something. They occur as your white blood cells attack a foreign body in your bloodstream, and get better or worse in unison with that process. Therefore, if your rash is accompanied by a fever, it is also accompanied by an infection. A mild fever is not an urgent care issue, and neither is a mild rash. The two in tandem, however, absolutely are.

General pain means something similar. In many cases, a rash accompanied by pain is a sign of an underlying infection. Of course, the nature of the pain has a lot to do with this. If you are dealing with a bad stomach ache and a rash shows up, something is wrong. If you have a bad hangnail and a rash on your foot, the two probably have nothing to do with each other. Sometimes, pain alongside a rash can be a symptom of an allergic reaction. These types of rash also tend to be bumpy and spread out,  similar to the rash you would get from poison ivy. If you have this perfect cocktail of a rash, you should seek medical attention immediately.

Time

Another good sign that your rash is an urgent rash is if it’s simply not going away. A rash that is benign should clear up in a few days without treatment. In fact, you’re likely to forget about it. If your rash doesn’t do this, something is wrong. This type of rash can be a symptom of many things that aren’t an emergency but are certainly an urgent issue. Similarly, if your rash is showing up again after previously clearing up, you might want to seek medical attention.

Occasionally, a rash that appears just because of irritated skin leaves you open to infection. A rash may begin benignly, but then grow to have several symptoms that are less than pleasant. Pain, the warmth of the affected area, and green or yellow discharge are all possible in an infected rash. Time heals all wounds, but some things get worse before they get better. If you’re suspicious of your rash, then you should get a second opinion.

Size

Finally, the size of your rash is something to take into consideration when you are examining a rash. A normal rash will only appear on one area of your skin, like your outer thigh, for example.  A problematic rash will often cover much more than this, though. If your rash is stretched out across a large part of your body, you should get it checked it out immediately.

You should also seek medical attention if your rash is growing. A growing rash is often caused by something you are putting into your body — either an allergic reaction or medication irritating your skin. In any case, a rash that doesn’t seem to stay in place is a problem. In general, you don’t want blemishes on your skin to go through any sort of metamorphosis.

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