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Misdiagnosis of Rash

Rash: Misdiagnosis

Diagnosing a rash and its cause may be delayed or missed because in some cases, a rash may not be severe enough for a person to seek medical care. A rash is a symptom of many different conditions, so a thorough medical evaluation that may include skin patch testing is needed to ensure an accurate diagnosis of the reason for a rash.

There are many causes of rash, literally hundreds, many of which can be difficult to diagnose, and some of which can be serious or even fatal. One of the most serious potential misdiagnoses is a failure to detect meningitis (i.e. meningococcal rash from meningococcal septicemia; see also hemorrhagic rash.

Chronic rash can be caused by numerous medical conditions. Some causes that can remain undiagnosed include psoriasis, allergies (see allergic dermatitis), eczema, ichthyosis, and many others; refer to causes of chronic rash. Chronic rash can also be a symptom of a hidden cause that is more serious, such as diabetes, where undiagnosed diabetes commonly causes leg rash (see misdiagnosis of diabetes).

However, this discussion has only touched on some of the possible causes of rash. There are many other possibilities, and many that can also be difficult to diagnose - see causes of rash for a longer list, and see types of rash for more specific information on particular types of rash. Always seek prompt professional medical diagnosis by a qualified professional.

Rash: Related Misdiagnoses

Poorly healing leg rashes a classic sign of chronic disease: Recurring leg rashes, or poorly healing leg rashes, are a classic sign of undiagnosed diabetes, particularly of Type 2 diabetes, but also Type 1 diabetes. They can also occur with poor diabetic control. However, there are many other possible causes of leg rashes. See causes of leg rash or misdiagnosis of diabetes.

Psoriasis often undiagnosed cause of skin symptoms in children: Children who suffer from the skin disorder called psoriasis can often go undiagnosed. The main problem is that psoriasis is rare in children, and not often seen by physicians for this reason. children may receive treatment for fungal skin infections. See misdiagnosis of psoriasis or symptoms of psoriasis.

Rash: Possibly Deadly Misdiagnoses

Some of the causes, which may potentially be dangerous or fatal if left undiagnosed, may include:

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Conditions listing medical symptoms: Rash:

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