Rashes, hives, and skin infections can have a wide range of causes, some of which can be very serious. With the recent outbreak of measles and its associated rash, properly treating the underlying causes of a rash can be very important. While there are many, many causes for skin eruptions, those causes generally fall into either of two categories: infectious, or non-infectious. These are, of course, treated differently and it’s vital that a clear distinction is made before undergoing a course of action.
Because there are so many different causes for a rash, it is essential to visit an emergency room should you have any of the following:
• Fever with the rash. This could be a sign of a serious underlying infection such as scarlet fever, measles, or mononucleosis.
• Pain and blistering. This could signal conditions such as shingles, poison ivy or poison oak exposure, or an allergic reaction. All of these should be treated immediately.
• The rash is sudden, spreads rapidly, or covers the entire body. These conditions may indicate either an infectious type rash or an allergic reaction, such as to medications. Get immediate medical attention, especially if breathing becomes difficult.
• A rash that is circular in nature. This type of rash may indicate Lyme disease.
• Signs of infection from scratching the rash. These include yellowish or greenish fluids around the rash, crusting, swelling, warmth around the rash, or red streaks coming from the rash area.
In all of these cases, it is a good idea to seek the advice of a professional such as those found at the Emergency Hospital System’s ER’s. We have five conveniently located ER facilities in our communities, all dedicated to serving you when you need urgent or emergency medical attention (two in Cleveland, and one each in Spring, Porter, and Humble.) Give us a call or just walk in.
It generally takes a professional to diagnose and treat symptoms of a rash or hives accurately. Because skin eruptions occur for a wide range of reasons, it is essential to visit an emergency room if you have a worrisome rash or itchy hives. Phone today to set an appointment or walk-in.
We have plenty of free parking and our wait times are short. Don’t let a rash turn into something worse, call today, 281-592-5400.