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Mottled skin can be a sign of sepsis and what does a sepsis rash look like?

SEPSIS is rare but serious, so it’s important that it gets treated right away.

If you’re concerned that a rash you or your child develops could be a sign of this condition, we’ve put together some tips for what you should look for.

It's important to find out what a sepsis rash looks like

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It’s important to find out what a sepsis rash looks likeCredit: Alamy

What does a sepsis rash look like?

Humans with sepsis often develop what is known as a hemorrhagic rash.

This can be a reddish discoloration or a small patch of blood that looks like a pin prick on the skin.

If left untreated, these black dots gradually get bigger and start to look like new bruises.

They then join together to form larger areas of purple discoloration.

If you or someone you know has a rash that you’re worried might be a sign of sepsis, try pressing it down.

The sepsis rash won’t go away with pressure so it can help let you know if you need help.

Another way to monitor a rash is to mark the site of the rash on the skin every hour, if it spreads quickly – call for help.

Hemorrhagic rash that looks like a red pin prick on the skin

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Hemorrhagic rash that looks like a red pin prick on the skinCredit: Alamy

Can spotty skin be a sign of sepsis?

Yes, it can.

According to NHSyou should go straight to A&E or call 999 if children under the age of five look mottled, bluish, or pale.

In older children and adults, cold, rough, and pale or mottled skin can be a sign of sepsis or sepsis.

Hands and feet may also be cold and clammy, even if the patient has an elevated temperature.

What are other symptoms of sepsis and sepsis?

In children under five years oldThe NHS recommends going straight to A&E or calling 999 if they:

  • look mottled, bluish, or pale
  • very lethargic or difficult to wake up
  • feels unusually cold to the touch
  • breathing very fast
  • there is a rash that does not fade when you press it
  • have a seizure or convulsion

In older children and adults, early symptoms of sepsis may include:

  • high temperature (fever) or low body temperature
  • chills and shivers
  • fast heart beat
  • fast breathing

In some cases, symptoms of more severe sepsis or septic shock (when your blood pressure drops to dangerously low levels) develop soon after.

They may include:

  • feel dizzy or faint
  • changes in mental status – such as confusion or disorientation
  • diarrhea
  • nausea and vomiting
  • stutter
  • severe muscle pain
  • severe shortness of breath
  • producing less urine than usual – for example, not urinating in a day
  • cold, rough and pale or mottled skin
  • loss of consciousness
A rash may develop that looks like a bruise

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A rash may develop that looks like a bruiseCredits: Infection Med

Make sure you know difference between sepsis and sepsis – for more information, visit the NHS website.

https://www.thesun.ie/health/2936137/sepsis-sign-rash-mottled-skin/ Mottled skin can be a sign of sepsis and what does a sepsis rash look like?

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