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When is a Skin Rash an Emergency?

When is a Skin Rash an Emergency?

When do you need to seek emergency medical attention for a skin rash?

A rash may appear at any time and often have variable appearances. Rashes can be red, scaly, itchy, or even blister-like. Rashes can be localized to one area or become widespread.  So, at what point should you seek emergency care?

Here are some helpful tips:

  1. Infant that is less than 6 months old with fever:  during this time, an infant’s immune system is still not well developed and this should prompt immediate evaluation.
  2. Pain and fluid filled pustules or blisters:  this can be a sign of a rapidly spreading infection or an autoimmune reaction.  
  3. Shortness of breath or tightness in the throat:  this can signal an allergic reaction and should be evaluated by an emergency medical professional immediately.
  4. Rash that is progressively becoming more painful: this may indicate a growing infection or abscess.  
  5. Rash involves the eye area: shingles is a very painful rash that can affect the eyelids and in severe cases, the nerve centers of the eye.  If you are losing any part of your vision or seeing spots, seek emergency help!
  6. Rash that is sloughing or bleeding or bruising: autoimmune conditions causing vasculitis can be serious and life-threatening.

In short, rashes accompanied by another symptom should be evaluated by a physician.  

Memorial Heights Emergency Center, and The Heights Emergency Room in Houston, TX Offer 24 Hour Emergency Care. Our unique, state of the art facility includes an On-site Lab & Pharmacy, Private Patient Rooms, and Best of all, No Wait Time. You can be seen by a Board Certified ER Physician Immediately.

The Heights ER is located off of 610, at the corner of North Loop & Yale. (Next to the Whole Foods 365). Stop by our facility today, or call us at (713) 588-0320


We will bill your health insurer and work with all major private insurance plans.


Unfortunately, at this time we are unable to accept Government Insurances, such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Tri-Care in addition to Ambetter Insurance.




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