First Aid: Rashes
Rashes can be caused by , , medicines, heat, allergies, and many other things. Many are only a minor annoyance. But some can be serious and need medical treatment.
Signs and Symptoms
- spots on the skin
- scaly skin
What to Do
To ease discomfort:
- add a few cups of oatmeal to the bath
- pat the skin dry (instead of rubbing) after a bath or shower
- don't scrub or scratch the affected skin
- leave the rash exposed to the air as much as possible
Get Medical Care if:
- your child also has a fever
- your child looks sick
- there are tiny red dots that can't be felt when touched and don't fade when pressed
- there are bruises not related to injuries
- there is no improvement after a week
Rashes can be hard to avoid. But some types can be prevented:
- Have kids avoid people with contagious skin rashes.
- For allergic rashes, try to avoid the substance that causes the reaction.
- Use sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
- If your child gets eczema flare-ups, avoid harsh soaps.
- Pityriasis Rosea
- Diaper Rash
- Hives (Urticaria)
- Erythema Multiforme
- Erythema Toxicum
- Fifth Disease
- Molluscum Contagiosum
- Poison Ivy
- Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
- Scarlet Fever
- Chigger Bites
- First Aid: Diaper Rash
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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