Rashes or itchiness

Rashes or itchiness

There could be serious underlying issues such as an allergic reaction, and itching can mean there’s a potential for infection. Seek medical attention right away if you have a rash that doesn’t go away after several days, or if it looks infected—for example, if it’s spreading or you see redness around your skin. Large, swollen bumps: Any type of swelling in your skin could be due to an allergic reaction or infection.

While many rashes and skin conditions can be treated by a general practitioner, those that are severe enough to require immediate treatment are best addressed in an emergency room. Itching or irritation accompanied by redness, swelling or discharge requires a doctor who has access to more advanced equipment than what is found in most doctor’s offices. Additionally, even though it may seem like your mild rash might not be serious, if you have something contagious like chickenpox or measles (and you aren’t immune), going to an emergency room is your safest bet. Infections that have already been treated at home can easily spread in a medical facility where there are large numbers of people with weakened immune systems and open wounds.

It’s normal for your child to break out in a rash or itchiness. But it may also be a sign of something more serious. In some cases, that could mean an allergic reaction or even meningitis. If you think your child is experiencing an allergic reaction, get him or her help immediately by heading straight for your nearest emergency room (ER). The symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: hives, rashes, blisters, trouble breathing and swelling of the face, lips and tongue. Not all rashes are dangerous; if you think it’s just a case of poison ivy or hives caused by exercise—that’s OK!


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