GK Dermatology provides treatment of rashes in children in Weymouth MA.
Which Are The Common Rashes in Children?
The most common rashes in children are eczema (atopic dermatitis), keratosis pilaris (“chicken skin”), erythema multiforme, and infections including impetigo, molluscum contagiosum, warts, hand, foot, and mouth disease, cellulitis, chickenpox, and measles. Additionally, rashes such as hives that are caused by allergies are not uncommon in childhood.
Evaluation of Rashes
Your dermatologist will evaluate several factors including the child’s general condition, symptoms or signs of the illness, how quickly the rash appeared, distribution (localized vs. generalized) of the rash, and whether child is on any medications or has been exposed to any new foods, soaps, or skin products. A thorough examination of the skin and mouth helps identify characteristic signs of viral infections such as chickenpox, measles, and hand, foot, and mouth disease. A skin biopsy may help if the diagnosis is challenging.
Treatment of Rashes in Children in Weymouth MA
Treatment is tailored to the specific diagnosis. As a rule, bacterial skin infections are treated with a topical antiseptic or antibacterial medicine but antibiotics by mouth are occasionally necessary. Oral antihistamines help decrease decrease the itch. Cool baths with oatmeal as well as application of a low-potency steroid cream will ease an itchy rash, such as eczema, but shoul not be used when the rash is a result of fungus or bacterial infection. Dr. Kroumpouzos discusses the nature of the rash and treatment options during his consultation.