Rashes are common conditions that occur from a variety of different reasons. In the work place, rashes can occur from changes in materials used or changes in work place environment. Most rashes are not dangerous, but just uncomfortable and inconvenient. Life- threatening skin rashes are extremely rare, but if they do occur, you should seek medical help. There are five potentially life-threatening disorders that cause skin rashes as a primary symptom:
- Pemphigus Vulgaris
- Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS)
- Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN)
- Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome (SSS)
Rashes affect the entire body or the greater part of the body. Rash affects the skin and the mucous membranes. The mucous membranes are linings of:
- Mouth and noise
- Vagina/Urethra (Women)
- Urethra (Men)
Usually rashes will have blisters that start forming on top of them. Some of the features of blisters are:
- Blisters involve the thin outer layer of skin that covers large parts of the body. Blisters can be small from 1 cm across or very large blisters that range to several centimeters wide. Blisters are filled with fluid at first and then become loose before they are about to burst open. When they rupture open, the skin underneath is moist and painful. After this stage, the underlying skin surface then dries up and crusts over.
- Blisters that are scratched can extend to a bigger area of the skin causing them to become larger. This is what occurs in common skin disorders.
- Blisters can occur in the mucous membranes listed above. At times, blisters in the mucous membranes go unnoticed because they rupture easily.
If you experience a strange rash, please contact your local medical professional.