When to call the doctor if your child has a rash

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Springtime isn’t just allergy season, but also means doctors’ offices fill up with patients who have rashes. Children get them frequently and most are only a minor annoyance, but some rashes can be serious requiring medical treatment.

Dr. Katy Stordahl, emergency room physician at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, says common causes are viruses, bacteria, medications, heat and allergies. Symptoms can include redness, spots on the skin, scaly skin, itchiness, bumps, blisters and pimples.

Stordahl says Children’s Hospital is seeing Scarlet Fever rash, hand food and mouth disease, eczema, and pityrasis rosea. If your child has a rash, you can ease discomfort by adding a few cups of oatmeal to the bath, patting the skin dry after a shower or bath instead of rubbing, avoiding scrubbing or scratching, and leaving the rash exposed to air as much as possible.

You should see a doctor if your child also has a fever, looks ill, has tiny red dots that cannot be felt when touched and don’t fade when pressed, has bruises not related to injuries or if there’s no improvement after a week.

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