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When Is a Skin Rash a Medical Emergency?

Most often, a skin rash will be nothing more than a minor irritation that will clear up with the right first aid and soothing skincare products. There are, however, some types of rashes that are much more serious and should be treated in the hospital right away. Below, you will see some of the signs that might indicate that your rash could be much more serious than hives or contact dermatitis. If you notice any of these symptoms, head to the ER immediately to get the care you need for your skin.

The rash is a reaction to medication.

A rash that develops after taking a new medication can be a medical emergency, because adverse reactions to certain drugs may cause very serious complications without immediate medical intervention. Some of the medications most likely to trigger a rash and allergic reaction include penicillin, gout medications, NSAIDS, and anticonvulsants.

The rash is accompanied by other symptoms.

If you have an unexplained rash that is accompanied by swelling of the throat, bleeding or bruises beneath the rash, joint pain, headache, red streaks, or fever, you should not hesitate to go to the emergency room. In children under five, there is a risk for staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome, which will be characterized by widespread blistering that causes the skin to appear as if it has been scalded by hot water.

The rash has caused a secondary infection of the skin.

Any time a rash leads to blisters, pus, or open wounds, an infection that could cause much more extensive damage is likely. Visiting the ER will help to manage infections and reduce the threat of permanent damage to the skin and muscle tissue.

When you are in doubt of where you should turn for medical care, the nurses of Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center can provide help anytime. To speak with one of our Las Vegas nurses about your medical care, dial (702) 880-2700.

Getting to Know the Facts of Brain Injuries

Brain injuries are often underdiagnosed and have the potential to lead to a wide range of chronic issues down the road. That’s why it is important to understand the signs of brain injuries along with their common causes. When you are able to recognize an acquired or traumatic brain injury, you will be more likely to seek the appropriate care in the emergency room. Below, you can see some quick facts about brain injuries that will help you take the right steps in caring for these types of injuries.

Brain injuries have many unlikely symptoms.

Traumatic brain injuries sustained through significant external force are easy to identify, but less severe brain injuries may have a wide range of physical, cognitive, and emotional symptoms that you may not immediately associate with a blow to the head. Symptoms of a brain injury may include: short attention span, difficulty focusing, memory loss, balance issues, headaches, muscle spasms, depression, anxiety, and frequent mood swings.

You may need several weeks to heal from a brain injury.

With a brain injury, it is important not to return to regular activities too quickly. You may need to take some time off work or school, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery, and get plenty of rest to allow enough time for a complete recovery. Follow-up visits with your primary physician or a neurological specialist will also be important for monitoring the outcome of the injury.

Anyone may suffer from a brain injury.

While injuries like concussions are often associated with athletes, it is important to remember that there are all different causes of brain injuries, making most people susceptible to brain injuries of some type. Oxygen deprivation, electric shock, seizures, stroke, substance abuse, and toxic exposure are all possible causes of brain injuries that do not involve physical force directly to the head.

If you suffer any type of brain injury, the emergency room at Southern Hills Hospital is there for you with advanced imaging technologies and some of the lowest wait times in the Las Vegas region. We also provide dedicated neurological care with our advanced neurosciences services, which you can learn more about online or by calling (702) 880-2700.

How to Tell if You Are Having a Heart Attack

What is it like to have a heart attack? Most people envision the movie version, in which you clutch your chest and collapse with little doubt of the cause. In reality, heart attacks can be much more difficult to identify. The symptoms can be subtle and non-specific, and it’s not uncommon for patients having a heart attack to be unsure if they should even seek urgent care. However, delaying heart attack treatment can be dangerous as every minute without care means the loss of more heart muscle. Get the urgent care you need if you experience any of these symptoms.

Chest Pain

Chest pain doesn’t always mean you are having a heart attack, but as this video explains, a doctor should always diagnose the cause. Most people do experience chest pain during a heart attack. The pain can be mild or intense, constant or come and go, and feel like burning, squeezing, or pressure. Although many things can cause chest pain, it’s essential to rule a heart attack out so you don’t lose valuable treatment time.


Women in particular often feel nauseated during a heart attack. Vomiting is also possible. If you feel nauseated, consider your other symptoms. Nausea combined with chest pain, fatigue, or light-headedness could indicate that you are having a heart attack and need to be diagnosed in an ER.

Shortness of Breath

Shortness of breath is common during a heart attack. Many survivors describe the feeling of intense chest pressure that leaves them breathless. Shortness of breath should always be evaluated in the ER so that a proper diagnosis can be made, even if you are not also experiencing chest pain.

The ER at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center is committed to providing patients with the urgent care they need during a heart attack. Our accredited Chest Pain Center and inpatient cardiology team offer comprehensive care for a range of heart conditions. To find out more, contact our hospital in Las Vegas at (702) 880-2700.

Women and Heart Attacks: Get the Facts

One of the biggest misconceptions about heart attacks is that they are a man’s problem. In reality, women experience just as many heart attacks as men, and worryingly, they are more likely to die from them. That is because women are less likely to seek urgent care when they experience heart attack symptoms because they think it can’t happen to them. It’s more important than ever for women to educate themselves about their heart health and to take steps to protect themselves. Here are the facts you need to know about this pressing women’s health issue.

Women Have Different Heart Attack Symptoms

When most people think of heart attacks, they think of crushing chest pain that makes you double over. In reality, most heart attacks are much more subtle, especially for women. In fact, women are more likely to have nausea, back pain, and jaw pain during their heart attacks than men are. Breathing difficulties, with or without chest pain, are also common. If you have these symptoms, seek urgent care in an ER, even if you don’t have chest pain, because your heart could be to blame.

Hormones Are Linked to Heart Disease Risk

Menopause marks a dramatic shift in hormone levels in women. The decreased level of estrogen has a side effect many women overlook—an increased risk of heart disease. For some women, hormone replacement therapy may not only control more traditional symptom of menopause but also reduce the risk of heart disease that can lead to a heart attack. Talk to your women’s health specialist about heart health after menopause.

Urgent Care Saves Lives

As with men, every second counts during a heart attack for women. By minimizing your risk and delaying treatment, you could be allowing more damage to heart muscle. It is better to seek urgent care in the ER and find out you’re not having a heart attack than to wait and second-guess your symptoms.

Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas provides urgent care in our ER in Las Vegas for heart attacks and comprehensive women’s health services. Talk to one of our nurses today by calling (702) 880-2700.

Knowing What to Do to Survive a Heart Attack

During a heart attack, every minute counts. For the best possible outcomes, patients should receive urgent care within one hour of the onset of symptoms, and delaying treatment even 30 minutes could shave one year off of your life. Don’t let a heart attack put your life on the line. Take these steps to fight back when a heart attack strikes.

Call 911

If you experience heart attack symptoms, you need urgent care immediately. The fastest way to get treatment is to call 911 and report your symptoms. Tell the operator that you think you are having a heart attack so that help is dispatched immediately. The operator may ask you to chew an aspirin, and if you are not allergic, do so. Don’t delay calling 911 to find aspirin or take one until instructed to do so. Do not call your own doctor before calling 911, which can delay treatment, and do not try to drive yourself to the ER. An ambulance is the best way to get to the hospital, since treatment can begin en route, however, accept a ride from someone else if you don’t have any other choice.

Describe Your Symptoms Clearly

In the ambulance and at the ER, be direct and clear about your symptoms. Don’t minimize them or try to explain them away. Express how severe they are, when they started, and that they are not usual for you. If you feel like you are not being understood, be persistent. Answer questions clearly and don’t be afraid to ask your own. Try to remain calm so you can communicate effectively.

Be Your Own Advocate

Women in particular sometimes face diagnosis delays in the ER during heart attacks. If you think that something is wrong, don’t allow your concerns to be dismissed. Ask if you have been screened for a heart attack, and if you don’t feel like you’re getting appropriate care, request a visit from a cardiologist.

The Chest Pain Center at Southern Hills Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas offers urgent care for heart attack patients to save heart tissue and lives. More information about our cardiac and stroke care services is available by calling (702) 880-2700.

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