|Rash - Widespread And Cause Unknown|
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Chickenpox on Abdomen
Penicillin Rash on the Arm
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever
Scarlet Fever Rash
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|When to Call Your Doctor|
|Call 911 Now (your child may need an ambulance) If|
|Call Your Doctor Now (night or day) If|
|Call Your Doctor Within 24 Hours (between 9 am and 4 pm) If|
|HOME CARE ADVICE FOR WIDESPREAD RASHES (until you talk with your doctor)|
- For Non-Itchy Rashes: No treatment is necessary, except for heat rashes which respond to cool baths.
- For Itchy Rashes:
- Wash the skin once with soap to remove irritants.
- Hydrocortisone Cream: For relief of itching, apply 1% hydrocortisone cream (no prescription needed) 3 times per day to the itchy areas.
- Cool Bath: For flare-ups of itching, give your child a cool bath without soap for 10 minutes. (Caution: avoid any chill). Optional: Can add 2 ounces (60 ml) of baking soda per tub.
- Fever Medicine: For fever above 102°F (39°C), give acetaminophen (e.g. Tylenol) or ibuprofen.
- If your child has a fever, avoid contact with other children and especially pregnant women until a diagnosis is made.
- Most viral rashes are contagious (especially if a fever is present).
- Your child can return to child care or school after the rash is gone or your doctor says it's safe to return with the rash.
- Expected Course: Most viral rashes disappear within 48 hours.
- Call Your Doctor If:
- Your child becomes worse
And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the "Call Your Doctor" symptoms.
Disclaimer: This information is not intended be a substitute for professional medical advice. It is provided for educational purposes only. You assume full responsibility for how you choose to use this information.
Author and Senior Reviewer: Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.
Last Reviewed: 9/15/2011
Last Revised: 8/1/2011
Content Set: Pediatric HouseCalls Symptom Checker
Copyright 1994-2012 Barton D. Schmitt, M.D.