A broad term used to describe a dermatologic manifestation that may include hives, infections (fungal, viral, bacterial), insect bites, or contact dermatitis.

A. Obtain and record telephone triage assessment that includes:

History of allergies:
Determine characteristics of rash:
Associated symptoms and behavior
fever sore throat
headache joint pain
drowsiness vision changes
facial or eye swelling refusal or inability to swallow
"cold" symptoms nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
itching swollen glands

B. Risk Factors which may increase the acuity of a patient with a rash:

C. See Immediately

Triage nurse should advise the use of an ambulance when the patient's current status is life threatening, may deteriorate enroute to hospital, or anxiety level is too high to safely drive to closest ED.

D. See Within 4 Hours:

E. See Within 24 Hours:

F. Home Care Advice:

Relieve itching:

H. Call Back If:

(Briggs, 1997; Brown, 1994; Edwards, 1996; Grimes, 1992; Schmidt, 1994)

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