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4 Types of Life Threatening Rashes

Updated on April 9, 2016
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Deadly Rashes To Worry About

Rashes are common skin problems; however, they are something which shouldn’t be taken casually at all. Although most rashes are mild without creating much nuisance, some might turn out to be deadly or life-threatening. Although distressing and severe rashes are quite rare, immediate medical attention is recommended in case of such occurrences.

Let’s study what are four likely life-threatening rashes or skin disorders and what causes them:

  1. Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS): This skin rash is the result of severe allergic reaction to medication. The condition affects the skin and mucus membranes. Various medicines, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, anticonvulsants, penicillin and sulphonamides might trigger this type of rash. It is characterized by painful lesions emerging in clusters.
  2. Staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome (SSSS): Mostly affecting babies and young children under the age of five, this skin disease brings on extensive blisters with red blistering skin looking like burn or scald. This syndrome is caused by infection with strains of Staphylococcus bacteria.
  3. Pemphigus vulgaris (PV): This unusual autoimmune skin condition gives rise to excruciating blisters on the skin, which often go on to the mouth, throat, nose and even genitals. The open sores from this disease often lead to infections and acute cases can even cause lung infections and lesions. This rash has no cure but is often treated with corticosteroids, antibiotics or immunosuppressants. If untreated, it can even cause death.
  4. Toxic shock syndrome (TSS): TSS is often caused by overgrowth of Staphylococcus bacteria with the infection spreading throughout the body. Besides these bacteria, infections from surgical wounds, contaminated nasal packing after nasal surgery and infections after baby birth are probable causes. This life-threatening rash generally affects teens and young adults, most of them being women. It can affect mucus membranes of mouth and eyes, although there are no blisters or skin bumps. One can experience slight dizziness and high fever as well as swelling of joints and eyelids. This skin condition often affects liver, kidneys, heart and the brain.

More to the point:

Further to the four potential life-threatening skin rashes discussed above, there are several other types, which can be equally discomforting and critical. Toxic epidermal necrolysis, Dermatitis herpetiformis, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis and several others are nasty skin diseases are cases in point. If you experience even the slightest discomfort, do not hesitate to consult a doctor. Stay safe!

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