First Aid: Rashesenparents rashes are only a minor annoyance. Other times, they are more serious and require medical treatment. Here's what to do if your child has a rash.rash, rashes, redness, spots, scaly, scales, skin, itchy, itchiness, bumps, bumpy, blisters, pimples, scratch, scratching, fever, red, dots, allergy, allergic, hives, eczema, flare-up10/20/200906/28/201809/02/2019Kate M. Cronan, MD06/15/2018b20f177c-afbf-49de-b9ea-2ad76cf5d132<p><a href=""><img class="right" title="Parents image" src="" alt="First Aid" name="4990-P_FIRSTAID_ENBT.JPG" /></a></p> <p>Rashes can be caused by viruses , bacteria , medicines, heat, <a href="">allergies</a>, and many other things. Many are only a minor annoyance. But some can&nbsp;be serious and need medical treatment.</p> <h3>Signs and Symptoms</h3> <ul> <li>redness</li> <li>spots on the skin</li> <li>scaly skin</li> <li>itchiness</li> <li>swelling</li> <li>bumps</li> <li>blisters</li> <li>pimples</li> </ul> <h3>What to Do</h3> <h4>To ease discomfort:</h4> <ul> <li>add a few cups of oatmeal to the bath</li> <li>pat the skin dry (instead of rubbing) after a bath or shower</li> <li>don't scrub or scratch the affected skin</li> <li>leave the rash exposed to the air as much as possible</li> </ul> <h3>Get Medical Care if:</h3> <ul> <li>your child also has a <a href="">fever</a></li> <li>your child looks sick</li> <li>there are tiny red dots that can't be felt when touched and don't fade when pressed</li> <li>there are bruises not related to injuries</li> <li>there is no improvement after a week</li> </ul> <h3>Think Prevention!</h3> <p>Rashes can be hard to avoid. But some types can be prevented:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Have kids avoid people with contagious skin rashes.</li> <li>For allergic rashes, try to avoid the substance that causes the reaction.</li> <li>Use sunscreen to avoid <a href="">sunburn</a>.</li> <li>If your child gets <a href="">eczema</a> flare-ups, avoid harsh soaps.</li> </ul>
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Diaper RashDiaper rash is a very common infection that can cause a baby's skin to become sore, red, scaly, and tender. In most cases, it clears up with simple changes in diapering.
EczemaEczema is a common skin problem among teens. If you have eczema, read this article to find out more about it and how you can deal with the skin stress.
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)Eczema can be an itchy nuisance and cause scratching that makes the problem worse. Many kids who have eczema today will be over it by the time they're teens.
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Erythema ToxicumErythema toxicum is a common rash seen in full-term newborns. No treatment is needed and it goes away on its own.
Fifth DiseaseEspecially common in kids between the ages of 5 and 15, fifth disease is a viral illness that produces a distinctive red rash on the face, body, arms, and legs.
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Hives (Urticaria)Hives cause raised red bumps or welts on the skin. They're pretty common and usually not serious. Find out what to do about hives in this article for teens.
ImpetigoImpetigo is a skin infection caused by fairly common bacteria. Read this article to learn how to recognize it and what to do about it.
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ScabiesScabies is an infestation that affects the skin, and is caused by a mite that burrows into the top layer of skin. It causes itching and bumps or blisters.
Scarlet FeverScarlet fever is an illness caused by a strep infection. It causes a red, bumpy rash that spreads over most of the body, and is treated with antibiotics.
ShinglesShingles isn't very common in kids - it mostly affects older people. Find out what causes shingles, symptoms to watch for, and what to do if your child has it.
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