Signs and symptoms of Life threatening skin rashes

Are those itchy red bumps on your skin bothering you? We understand how annoying it can be, especially when you don’t really know the root cause of skin rashes. To get rid of these mystery skin rashes, you must need to consult your doctor or apply some over-the-counter medicament or home remedy.

Signs and symptoms of Life threatening skin rashes

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While some skin rashes can easily be treated at home or with the use of over-the-counter ointment, there are some rashes that need to be looked at only by a medical professional. Here are five potentially life-threatening diseases that have skin rashes as one major symptom:

  • Pemphigus vulgaris (PV)
  • Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)
  • Toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN)
  • Toxic shock syndrome (TSS)
  • Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSS)

Common characteristics of all these diseases:

  • You’ll notice that rashes are appearing on your entire body or most parts of the body. Even mucous membranes of mouth, nose, eyes, anus, vagina or urethra are affected – as these membranes have moist linings. 
  • Not all rashes with blisters are dangerous. But blisters accompanying a serious rash have the following features:

  1. Blisters cover large parts of the body and develop on the outer layer of the skin. You’ll notice several small blisters of nearly 1 cm all across your body. Even a few very large blisters of may appear. Blisters are full of fluid at first and later may become lose before bursting. Even the underlying skin gets affected when these blisters rupture, and after that, the underlying skin begins to dry and form crusts.
  2. If you try to suppress the blister or scratch the skin next to a blister, the chances are that these blisters will extend to other parts of your body.
  3. Blisters in all the areas with mucous lining are easily noticeable because they are likely to rupture easily. However, blisters rupturing on the mucous membranes are usually very painful. When these occur in mouth, it makes eating or drinking quite painful.

Signs indicating you need to see a doctor:

  • A fever or intense pain accompanying skin rashes indicates that you need to see your doctor. It may be a sign of certain allergies or underlying infections.
  • Spreading of lesions on certain body parts could be a symptom of vasculitis. This needs a medical attention as it might block your clotting cells.
  • Some rashes start out slow and may look completely normal, but these can lead to secondary infections that further develop to cause more trouble to the patients. Certain signs of an infection are warmth along with pain, as well as, yellowish cloudy discharge with bad odor.
  • A widespread rash can be a sign of some major allergic reaction. It may happen within two weeks of starting some new medication. You need to get it diagnosed whether you’re suffering from a particular allergic reaction due to some medication or some other reason.
  • Even rashes accompanying blisters need to be checked by a doctor. Your doctor will examine the condition to find out the exact cause of the blisters on rashes.
  • If you notice some purple spots on your hands and feet, it could be a sign of certain bacterial infection of the heart. Your body speaks to you in different ways like forming rashes or spots to indicate that you’re not well internally.
  • Rashes forming in circular shape may be a sign of Lyme disease and you need to immediately see your doctor for the further check-up.

Reference Links:

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