Misdiagnosis of Rash
There are many possible causes of rash. Uncommon causes are more likely to be overlooked or misdiagnosed. Some of the causes of rash where misdiagnosis is a known issue include:
- Meningococcal Disease (Meningitis). A relatively rare but very dangerous disease, that causes a hemorrhagic rash. The most dangerous condition is actually called Meningococcal Septicemia, which is a rash-causing complication of Meningococcal Meningitis. A typical case would have both fever and rash.
- Undiagnosed Diabetes. A mild rash on the lower legs or feet is a classic symptom of undiagnosed diabetes. This can occur in both Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes, although it is more likely for a rash to occur over longer periods in Type 2 Diabetes. Other types of rash on other parts of the body are also possible with diabetes, as it generally reduces the bodyís immune response. The early symptoms of diabetes can often be quite mild (e.g. irritability, thirst, hunger, urination changes, usually without fever), and so a diagnosis of diabetes can be overlooked, particularly if a patient self-treats the rashes rather than seeing a doctor for a full diagnosis.
- Eczema. A chronic cause of recurring rashes, that may be overlooked.
- Psoriasis. Another possible cause of chronic rashes, which can cause rashes in various body locations.
- Lupus. Lupus is a tricky disease to diagnose in general, with varying symptoms, but it does have a classic type of rash, which can make diagnosis easier in patients that have the classic rash.
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Diseases or conditions for Rash with known diagnostic difficulty or misdiagnosis issues include:
- Acne Misdiagnosis
- Rosacea Misdiagnosis
- Allergies Misdiagnosis
- Lupus Misdiagnosis
- Lyme Disease Misdiagnosis
- Von Willebrandís Disease Misdiagnosis
- Leukemia Misdiagnosis
- Vitamin B deficiency Misdiagnosis
- Diabetes Misdiagnosis
- Cancer Misdiagnosis
- Inflammatory disorders Misdiagnosis
- Acne: Various skin disorders are similar to acne and should not be misdiagnosed. It is also possible that worsening acne is
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- Rosacea: Acne. The skin effects of rosacea can resemble acne of the face.
Lupus. The skin effects of rosacea across the
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- Allergies: Allergies can be undiagnosed or in some cases can be misdiagnosed as another disorder.
Undiagnosed Allergies: Not everyone is aware
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- Lupus: Undiagnosed SLE: The diagnosis of SLE is extremely difficult, is often delayed, and misdiagnosis is common. Blood tests can confirm
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- Lyme Disease: Diagnosis of Vague Symptoms: Lyme disease is a difficult disease to diagnose and can give very varied symptoms. If the
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- Von Willebrandís Disease: Any type of excessive menstrual bleeding in women could well be undiagnosed Von Willebrandís disease. This is a bleeding disorder
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- Leukemia: Undiagnosed Chronic Leukemia: The early signs of some forms of chronic leukemia are quite mild, and may remain undiagnosed for
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- Vitamin B deficiency: Vitamin B deficiencies can sometimes be asymptomatic and undiagnosed. Vitamin B12 deficiency is a disorder known to cause variable symptoms
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- Diabetes: The most likely diagnostic problem with diabetes is failure to diagnose it early because patients do not recognize its early
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- Cancer: Cancer is difficult to diagnose by its very nature. There are literally hundreds of types. Many types of tumors are
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