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When should I go to the emergency room for a skin rash?

If you have skin rashes, call 911 or go to the hospital emergency room for:
  • Tightness in throat
  • Wheezing (whistling sound when you breathe) or trouble breathing
  • Swelling in the face or tongue
  • Passing out
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tongue or face swelling
Your rash may come from a dangerous allergic reaction -- especially if you have the above symptoms.

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