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Life-Threatening Skin Rashes (cont.)

When Should Someone Seek Medical Care for a Rash?

You must recognize these life-threatening skin rashes early to get the proper attention quickly. Contact the doctor if your symptoms include any of the following:

  • Rash
    • Any rash that is sudden in onset and covers a large part of the body
    • Any rash that occurs shortly after starting a new medication
    • Any rash associated with a severe febrile flu-like illness
  • Mouth sores: Any mouth sores that make it difficult to drink clear liquids
  • Red eyes: Any sudden onset of red, inflamed eyes, accompanied by a rash or other illness
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness when standing

You should go to a hospital's emergency department if you have any of the following symptoms or signs:

  • Rashes that begin to blister over large portions of the body surface or when large portions of skin begin to peel
  • Rashes that are purple to red, that appear bruise-like, and are associated with a febrile illness
  • Fainting, or passing out
  • Any mouth sores that are too painful to drink even small sips of liquids
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 5/20/2016

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