You may develop itchy red bumps on neck and you’re wondering whether this mystery rash is something you need to show to your doctor or if you can control it and soothe it away with over-the-counter. Commonly, plenty of rashes respond well to over-the-counter remedies. However, experts said that some rashes can be a sign of something more serious it could simply be the result of a harmless insect bite or a brush past some poison ivy.
A skin rash can be a warning sign of a serious medical problem such as a Lyme infection, or Signs that your rash needs to be looked at by a physican:
- If you have a fever or pain with the rash you should contact your doctor because it could be a sign that you have an infection or are experiencing an allergic reaction or a viral rash.
- If you have a sudden spreading of bruise, it might be a symptom of vasculitis. In this case, you need to see the doctor because your clotting cells might not be working right.
- If your rash continues unabated, you could have an infection. Some baby rashes start out benign, but then a secondary infection develops because the integrity of the skin, which is a barrier against potential pathogens, has been disrupted. The Signs of an infection on face include warmth and pain, yellow or green cloudy discharge and a bad odor.
- Any rash that is widespread could be a sign of a major allergic reaction. For example, if this happens within 2 weeks of starting a new medication, the concern would be a reaction to the medication.
- Rash that starts to blister should send you straight to your doctor’s office. If you don’t have a good reason to suspect you’ve come in contact with poison ivy.
- Purple spots that appear on your hands and feet could be a sign of a bacterial infection of the heart.
- If you develop a circular shaped rash and you’re in an area where Lyme disease is endemic, you should see your doctor.