Rashes that may require a visit to a doctor include:
Lyme disease, which is caused by a bacteria carried by deer ticks in some areas. A characteristic
expanding red rash usually occurs at the site of the tick bite and is followed
by flu-like symptoms, such as a headache, chills, fever, body aches, and
A rash that looks
like a sunburn and a fever of
102 °F (38.9 °C) or higher. This type of rash may be
caused by a rare condition called
toxic shock syndrome.
A very rare and serious type of generalized red rash called toxic
epidermal necrolysis (TEN). This type of rash may cause the skin to peel away, leaving large
areas of tissue that weep or ooze fluid like a severe burn. TEN may occur after the use of some
To know how serious the rash
is, other symptoms that occur with the rash must be evaluated. Check your child's symptoms to decide if and when your child should see a
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
February 21, 2012
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