In most cases, a rash is a simple, if annoying, condition that can be relatively
easily managed with home care. There are instances when a rash is actually
a sign that you need
emergency care. How can you tell the difference between a rash that can be treated with
over-the-counter medications and one that should be examined in the ER?
If you experience any of these symptoms, consider getting emergency care
for your rash.
Your rash is accompanied by a fever.
If you have
a rash and a fever, it could be a sign of a serious condition, such as an infection, scarlet
fever, or shingles. In some cases, a fever accompanied by a rash can also
indicate meningitis, which requires urgent treatment. Although not every
rash that appears alongside a fever is a cause for concern, getting an
accurate diagnosis in the ER is important so you can begin treatment if
there is a serious medical problem.
Your rash appeared suddenly.
A sudden rash that spreads quickly usually indicates that you are having
an allergic reaction. Even if the rash seems like your only symptom at
first, it can quickly become dangerous as the reaction intensifies. A
rash could be the first stage of anaphylactic shock. Go to the hospital
for emergency care if you experience a sudden rash, especially if you
experience shortness of breath. Keep in mind that your second reaction
to an allergen can be much more severe than you first, so don’t
downplay your symptoms simply because they did not progress in a previous reaction.
Your rash is painful.
When rashes are painful, it usually means that they are infected or that
you have an underlying condition, like shingles. An infection can become
serious quickly and affect other parts of your body. An infected rash
can also cause significant complications for people with diabetes, so
seek emergency care quickly.
At Regional Medical Center of San Jose, our hospital provides comprehensive
care for a wide range of conditions in our ER, inpatient, and outpatient
facilities. You can learn more about all of our
hospital services in San Jose by calling (888) 762-8881.