A rash is a skin’s reaction to an irritant such as an allergen. Rashes may itch, burn, or cause pain. They may be hot to the touch or not. A rash may have raised bumps or be completely flat, and they can show up on any part of the skin. All of these characteristics and more give medical providers clues as to what caused the rash.
There are many causes of rashes, including: allergies, autoimmune disease, reactions to medications, irritants (such as poison ivy), excessive heat, pregnancy, certain viral and bacterial infections. The skin is the largest organ in the human body, and it is affected by everything our bodies touch and consume. As such, it can be difficult to decide what’s causing a rash and how to get rid of it. A qualified medical professional can help. Our providers are trained to diagnose and treat rashes and the underlying causes.
A rash is sometimes the only symptom that will prompt someone to seek medical attention. Apart from that, there can be other symptoms as well.
Sensations of pain directly on, or around, the rash
Small, elevated bumps around or on the rash
Typical sensations associated with itchiness
Increases in temperature / sensations of heat around the rash
Open sores, typically caused by poor blood circulation
Typically represented by fluid-filled bubbles that appear under the skin
Pain or soreness in the muscles, especially near the rash
Typical fever symptoms like muscle pain, fatigue, sweating, or chills
Frequent or repeated sneezing
A noticeable swelling of the lymph nodes
If your rash appears with any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care.
Incredibly painful, migraine-like headaches
Tight, stiff feelings in your neck and other joint pain in your body
Troubling symptoms in the eyes such as redness, blurry vision, and more
A sudden onset of breathing difficulties
When you see a medical provider for a rash, they will ask you about any other symptoms you’re having as well. The provider will take a look at your rash to analyze its characteristics. Make sure to tell your provider: when you noticed the rash, how it feels, if it has changed, and if it has grown.
If you have a rash and need to see a medical provider, contact the closest location of the Center for Advanced Wellness. Once you set your appointment, you'll confirm it, check-in, and arrive and wait for your name to be called. We are happy to serve you and help you feel better.
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Providers can treat most rashes in their offices or in urgent care. However, you should go to the emergency room if you also have symptoms such as a stiff neck or back, severe headache, new or worsening joint pain, trouble seeing, or difficulty breathing.
Yes, excess stress can cause rashes, especially those who have underlying skin conditions. These rashes are typically small, raised red bumps, also knows as hives.
Although rare, antibiotics like penicillin and cephalosporins, can cause itchy, raised skin rashes.
If you need diagnosis or treatment help with your rash, we are here to help. Our Texas-based care center will make sure you get the help you deserve.