Flu Symptoms Accompanied by a Rash

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Flu symptoms accompanied by a rash are often attributed to allergies or relatively common illnesses. Individuals experiencing flu symptoms with a rash should be seen by a physician to begin treatment and rule out potentially life-threatening problems such as Lyme disease or severe allergic reactions.

Flu Symptoms Accompanied by a Rash
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Foods, medications, insect bites and even a flu virus itself may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Rashes, itching, congestion and a general feeling of unwell are common symptoms of an allergy.

Itchy rash may indicate an allergy
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Common childhood diseases including chicken pox, measles and fifth disease all cause flu symptoms with a rash. These illnesses usually occur in children, but adults who were not vaccinated or never had the diseases as a child are susceptible as well.

Child with chicken pox
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Lyme disease, which is contracted through tick bites, usually begins with flu-like symptoms and a localized rash where a person was bitten. In more advanced cases, the rash may spread to other parts of the body and severe symptoms may occur.

Deer ticks, one adult and one nymph, on a man's finger. Infected deer ticks transmit Lyme Disease to humans.
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Scarlet fever is contracted by individuals infected with streptococcus, or strep throat. Flu symptoms accompanied by a lacy-like rash are indicative of scarlet fever.

Scarlet fever is contracted by individuals infected with streptococcus
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This viral infection is more common in children, but may strike at any age. Common symptoms include sore throat, fever, headache, mouth sores and a rash on the hands, feet and genitals.

Two year old girl with hand, foot, and mouth disease
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