What causes shortness of breath and skin redness? 10 possible conditions

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See a list of possible causes in order from the most common to the least.

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Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A burn is damage to the skin or body normally caused by exposure to heat or hot substances. Some symptoms are pain, red skin, and blisters.

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Drug Allergy Overview

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Drug allergies occur when your immune system mistakes a drug for a harmful substance, triggering an inflammatory response (allergic reaction). This reaction is different from the side effects caused by a medication.

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Bites and Stings

Whether you're in the water, on a mountain trail, or in your backyard, wildlife you encounter have ways of protecting themselves and their territory. One method of defense involves biting or stinging. The wounds ca...

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Chemical Burns

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Chemical burns occur when the skin or eyes come into contact with irritants, such as acids or bases. Symptoms vary, but skin reactions, pain or numbness are common.

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Polycythemia Vera

Polycythemia vera is a disorder in which the body produces an excessive amount of red blood cells. This can lead to clots, which block blood from reaching the heart or brain, causing serious damage.

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Angioedema (Giant Hives)

Angioedema is severe swelling of the skin. The face is one area prone to swelling from this condition.

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Poisoning Due to Black Widow Spider Venom (Black Widow Spider Bites)

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

A black widow spider bite may cause redness and swelling in the area of the bite before more serious symptoms develop, including pain in the chest and abdomen, and muscle cramps.

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Marine Animal Bites or Stings

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Stingrays have venomous spines on their tails that can cause a painful wound, nausea, and weakness, and sometimes death. Swimming or snorkeling in shallow waters puts you at risk for coming in contact.

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Fertilizer and Plant Food Poisoning

This condition is considered a medical emergency. Urgent care may be required.

Plant foods can be hazardous to people and pets through physical contact, inhalation, or accidental ingestion. Contact may result in burning, itchy, and red skin.

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Neutropenia

Neutropenia occurs when a type of white blood cell called neutrophils that protects your body from infections is low. It can cause symptoms like gum inflammation and mouth sores.

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This feature is for informational purposes only and should not be used to diagnose.
Please consult a healthcare professional if you have health concerns.
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