Some rashes can be indicators of life-threatening diseases — here's how to tell if your rash is serious

tinglee1631/ShutterstockSome rashes can be quite serious.
  • Skin rashes can be symptoms of a variety of mild to serious conditions.
  • Since many factors go into accurate diagnosis and treatment of rashes, it’s important to see a medical professional.
  • If you experience fever, pain, or trouble breathing in addition to a rash, you should seek immediate medical care.

Many rashes are simply harmless and uncomfortable, but some rashes can be indicators of some serious and even life-threatening conditions.

Although it’s important to realise that not every rash can be treated with simple home care, it’s equally important to know that not every rash means you’re on your deathbed.

As is always the case with health concerns, your doctor is the best authority to consult about your specific experience.

Here are some signs your rash is more serious than you thought.

A lot of minor and major things can cause rashes

Lyme Disease RashWikimediaCommonsSome rashes can be a symptom of Lyme disease.

Although new medications or beauty products can lead to rashes, a wide variety of serious conditions may be responsible for your rash, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.

A few of the many possible causes of rashes include insect bites, Lyme disease, eczema or psoriasis, lupus, scabies, cellulitis, chicken pox, measles, and at least one form of cancer.

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There are many types of rashes that can’t accurately be identified without medical training, especially since a lot of common rash descriptions (like scaly, blotchy, or itchy) can apply to multiple types of rashes.

Furthermore, rashes might stay confined to one specific area of your body or be spread out all over depending on their cause. Because rashes aren’t always simple, it’s important to consult a medical professional about your rash when possible.

There could be signs your rash is infected or at risk of becoming infected

The immediate sense of relief that comes with scratching can feel good, but any time you break your skin you run the risk of infection.

According to Healthline, some indicators that your rash is infected include pus, blisters, and discolored skin. If this is the case, you’ll want to seek medical attention.

Additional symptoms can be an indicator of something more dangerous

Woman doctor patientSpencer Platt/Getty ImagesRashes can be an indicator of a more serious issue.

According to the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California, there are many rashes indicators that signify you should immediately seek medical attention.

These include pain, a fever, blisters, bruises around your rash, the sudden onset of a rash that has quickly spread around your body, a circular rash, or changes to your skin’s colour or texture.

The American Academy of Dermatology also advises seeking professional care immediately if you experience trouble breathing in addition to your rash.

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