Often times, a rash is not a great concern and does not require emergency medical attention. Many plants, such as poison ivy and poison oak, can cause minor allergic reactions, as can many laundry detergents, soaps and shampoos. Additionally, sudden changes in temperature or reactions to embarrassment or stress can also cause rashes to flare up. In most cases, all of these rashes can easily be treated at home.

Some people may also experience hives as a result of an allergic reaction. Hives, similar to rashes, are patches of itchy skin with raised bumps and also do not typically necessitate a visit to the ER.

Other times, rashes can be indicative of more serious medical issues, and a trip to the closest Aurora emergency room may be necessary. Below are some symptoms that can help you decide if your rash needs more serious, emergency medical treatment.

Ultimately, however, you know your body better than anyone. If a rash is something you’ve never seen before or if you feel like something is seriously wrong, the best course of action is to seek emergency care.

When to go to the ER for rashes – symptoms and situations

If you have a rash and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, visit an emergency room near you:

  • Streaks of red
  • Headache
  • Fever
  • Skin peeling or blisters in the mouth
  • Areas of tenderness
  • Shortness of breath
  • Joint pain
  • Abnormal bleeding or bruises under the rash
  • Swelling/tightness in the throat

Rashes and hives can also be the result of allergic reactions to certain medications. If you believe this to be the case, stop taking your medication immediately and contact your physician.

If you have a persistent or recurring rash, it may be indicative of an ongoing allergic reaction or a skin condition (e.g. psoriasis or eczema). In this case, seek out your doctor at your earliest convenience.

High-quality Aurora ER care at The Medical Center of Aurora

With expertise in treating rashes and other emergency concerns, The Medical Center of Aurora’s board-certified emergency physicians and certified emergency nurses are dedicated to providing patient-centered, patient-focused care. In fact, The Medical Center of Aurora strives to beat the national average emergency care wait time, so you have quick access to high-quality emergency medical care at an Aurora ER near you.