Fever with a rash
Rashes can mean any number of things, but fever with a rash is a symptom that should not be taken lightly. This condition is called Kawasaki disease, and it’s commonly mistaken for strep throat. Symptoms include high fever (higher than 102 degrees), peeling skin on hands and feet, unexplained redness in cheeks or eyes and swollen lymph nodes. It’s important to seek treatment as soon as possible if you suspect you might have Kawasaki because left untreated, it can cause heart problems later in life. If your child has a sore throat that persists longer than three days without other symptoms like fever, you should take them to urgent care. Many clinics also offer same-day appointments if your situation is urgent enough.
If you have fever and a rash that covers your body, make sure to go to an urgent care center immediately. The symptoms could indicate meningitis—an infection of the tissue surrounding your brain and spinal cord. In some cases, meningitis can be deadly if left untreated, so it’s important to take action right away if you think you might have it. Usually, for a case of meningitis to be serious enough to require urgent care treatment, someone needs to experience headache with neck stiffness or fever with nausea and vomiting. You should also see a doctor if your headache worsens within 48 hours (or if you don’t have any other symptoms but still just want peace of mind).
A fever is a sign that something is wrong, so it’s important to know when you should seek immediate medical care. For example, if you develop a high fever with a rash and can’t shake it after three days, it could be related to meningitis. In situations like these, it’s best to head straight for an urgent care center or emergency room rather than waiting until your next doctor appointment. Similarly, you should always call 911 in instances of severe dizziness, chest pain or trouble breathing. Unless you have another way of getting help (like an ambulance service), EMS might be your only option for ensuring your safety.