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Erythema toxicum — also called erythema toxicum neonatorum (ETN) or toxic erythema of the newborn — is a common rash seen in full-term newborns. It usually appears in the first few days after birth and fades within a week.
Up to half of all newborns will have ETN. The rash can be on the baby’s face, chest, arms, and legs, but usually won’t be on the palms or soles of the feet. It’s a blotchy red rash with small bumps that can be filled with fluid. Although the fluid might look like pus, there is no infection.
Because erythema toxicum doesn’t cause any symptoms and goes away on its own, no treatment is needed.
Follow your doctor’s advice about caring for your baby’s skin. Call your doctor if your baby has a rash and is also fussy, not feeding well, or has a fever.
Most kids who develop this inflammation of the blood vessels (marked by a raised red and purple rash) make a full recovery and have no long-term problems.
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This virus poses few risks to healthy kids, but can cause serious health problems in unborn babies and kids with a weak immune system.
By the looks of the “bulls-eye” marks this rash leaves on the skin, you might think it’s cause for concern. But erythema multiforme clears up on its own within a few weeks.
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Scarlet 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.
Especially 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.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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