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Hemorrhagic rash Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Hemorrhagic rash. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. When did you first notice the hemorrhagic rash?
  2. Is the rash truly hemorrhagic?

    Why: One of the main examples of a hemorrhagic rash is the meningococcal rash from meningococcal disease (specifically the type called meningococcal septicemia). The meningococcal rash has certain particular characteristics. It often starts out looking like lots of tiny blood spots under the skin. These spots will increase over time as more under-skin bleeding occurs. Gradually, the spots become bruises, and eventually become large red-purple areas of obvious bleeding. One of the main tests of the meningococcal rash is that it does not fade under pressure. In other words, the skin does not turn whiter or go paler under pressure. Unfortunately, this is not always true in the early stages of the rash, so the rash needs to be assessed regularly to avoid a misdiagnosis in the early stages. The pressure test involves pressing on the rash to see whether it fades. One convenient way is to press on the rash with a clear see-through drinking glass, to see through the glass how the rash responds. Whereas most rashes from allergies or viral infections will fade, the meningococcal rash does not fade (except in early stages of the disease).

  3. Infectious contacts?

    Why: any known contacts with meningococcal disease.

  4. Risk factors for meningococcal septicemia?

    Why: e.g. absence of spleen, alcoholic, complement immune deficiency, highest incidence in children aged 6 months to 1 year, highest incidence in midwinter and early spring.

  5. Recent history of mosquito or tick bite?

    Why: may suggest one of the hemorrhagic fevers due to arbovirus' transmitted by mosquito or tick bites including Yellow fever, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, tick-borne hemorrhagic fevers.

  6. Travel history?

    Why: e.g. Dengue hemorrhagic fever is a disease of children and occurs almost exclusively in South East Asia; Yellow fever is a disease confined to Africa and South America.

  7. Symptoms of meningococcal septicemia?

    Why: e.g. may start with cough, headache, sore throat, nausea, vomiting and then progress to spiking fevers, chills, aching joints and muscles. Later drowsiness, hemorrhagic rash most commonly on trunk and extremities but can be anywhere, and low blood pressure. May have stiff neck and dislike for light.

  8. Symptoms of Dengue hemorrhagic fever?

    Why: e.g. disease has a mild start often with symptoms of an upper respiratory tract infection (runny nose, cough, sore throat). This is then followed by an abrupt onset of hemorrhage into the skin and ear, bleeding nose, vomiting blood and passing black tarry stools (melena).

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Hemorrhagic rash:

The following list of conditions have 'Hemorrhagic rash' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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