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Rash Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: 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. How long have you had the rash?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Where is the rash and where did it start?
  3. Contact with anyone that also has had a rash?

    Why: e.g. may suggest scabies, chicken pox, impetigo, meningococcal disease.

  4. Past history of skin disorders?

    Why: e.g. atopic dermatitis (eczema), hives, scabies, dermatitis herpetiformis, asteatosis (dry skin).

  5. Have you worn any new clothing recently?

    Why: may provide information concerning contact dermatitis.

  6. Have you used any new cosmetic products recently?

    Why: e.g. perfumes, hair sprays etc may cause allergic contact dermatitis.

  7. Do you have an allergic tendency?

    Why: e.g. asthma, hayfever - increases the chance of atopic dermatitis (eczema).

  8. Aggravating factors?

    Why: e.g. eczema may be aggravated by soap, frequent washing, chlorinated water, bubbles baths, sweating (because it is drying), sand pits, winter months, extremes of hot and cold weather, emotional stress, wool clothing or blankets, chemical disinfectants, detergents, scratching or rubbing, pregnancy, menstruation and various food stuffs.

  9. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Celiac disease may be associated with dermatitis herpetiformis; presence of other allergic type conditions such as asthma, hives and hay fever increase the risk of atopic dermatitis; varicose veins may suggest varicose eczema (patches of dry scaly skin that overlie leg varicose veins); Erythema nodosum may be associated with sarcoidosis, inflammatory bowel disorders (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and some infections (streptococcal, tuberculosis, leprosy and fungal infections); necrobiosis lipoidica is often associated with diabetes mellitus.

  10. Medications?

    Why: some medications may cause sensitivities such as aspirin, morphine and codeine.

  11. Known allergies?

    Why: e.g. food allergies, insect allergies, drug allergy.

  12. Family history?

    Why: e.g. allergies, psoriasis, eczema.

  13. Occupational history?

    Why: e.g. exposure to fiberglass may cause a generalized sensitivity; allergic contact dermatitis e.g. contact with resins, rubber, latex, dyes.

  14. Fever?

    Why: may suggest chicken pox, serum sickness, eczema herpeticum, exfoliative dermatitis, severe allergic contact dermatitis from poison ivy.

  15. Itch, and if so is the itch mild, moderate or severe?

    Why: e.g. a very itchy rash may suggest hives, atopic dermatitis, scabies, skin lice, insect bites, chicken pox, dermatitis herpetiformis; a mild to moderate itchy rash may suggest tinea, psoriasis, drug eruption, pityriasis rosea, candida or lichen simplex.

  16. Nails affected?

    Why: may suggest psoriasis or tinea.

  17. Butterfly shaped facial rash?

    Why: suggests systemic lupus erythematosus.

  18. Symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema)?

    Why: e.g. itchy, red, dry, scaling, cracked skin. The typical distribution changes as the person grows older. In infants the rash is usually on the cheeks of the face, the folds of the neck and scalp. It may then spread to the limbs and groin. During childhood a drier ad thicker rash develops in front of the elbow, behind the knees and on the hands and feet, which may be dry, itchy, cracked and painful. Rarely does eczema have an adult onset.

  19. Symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. may range from faint redness to severe swelling, symptoms are often worse in area around the eyes, genitals and on hairy skin, symptoms are least on hairless skin such as palms and soles. Allergic contact dermatitis is usually confined to the site of exposure to the allergen.

  20. Symptoms of psoriasis?

    Why: e.g. red lesions that enlarge and develop a silvery scale. The commonest sites are the backs of the elbows and knees, then the scalp, sacral areas, genital and nails.

  21. 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.

  22. Symptoms of lupus erythematosus?

    Why: e.g. fever, malaise, tiredness, Raynaud's syndrome, butterfly shaped facial rash. Systemic lupus erythematosus may be complicated by protein in the urine.

  23. Symptoms of Rosacea?

    Why: e.g. flushing of the face with increases in skin temperature, acne-like rash over the face. May be complicated by blepharitis, conjunctivitis, episcleritis or corneal ulcers.

  24. Symptoms of sarcoidosis?

    Why: e.g. shortness of breath, cough, tiredness, skin symptoms occur in 10% of cases and may include purple or brown plaques or nodules on face, nose, ears and neck in chronic sarcoidosis.

  25. Symptoms of dermatomyositis?

    Why: e.g. muscle weakness, muscle tenderness, muscle pain, purple colored rash on face (especially on the eyelids, upper cheeks and forehead), swelling round the eyes, red rashes, pain in joints, Raynaud's phenomenon, difficulty swallowing, fever, weight loss, tiredness.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Rash:

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