Pediatric Rashes Treatment Questions and Answers
Kids can develop rashes for any number of reasons, particularly as their skin is exposed to new substances that can potentially irritate the skin. Night Lite Pediatrics Urgent Care can determine if a rash is severe and requires medical treatment and investigation or is simply your child’s skin having a minor reaction to something it came into contact with. We offer several locations in Florida to ensure your child gets the medical care they need. Click here to find the location near you or call us for more information.
Is my child’s rash serious?
Children can experience rashes on their skin at several points over the course of their life, starting as young babies with diaper rash. Rashes form when the body’s immune system has a negative reaction to something that it has come into contact with. Although rashes appear on the exterior of the body, they aren’t always the result of the skin coming into contact with an irritant that triggered the reaction. Rashes can form as the result of a reaction to something the child has ingested, or most commonly, as the result of a virus that the child’s immune system is fighting. In most cases, rashes are not serious and will fade on their own over time, although they can be itchy and may require treatment to at least help calm the itchiness. There are rare cases when rashes can be serious and require medical attention. Bring your child to Night Lite Pediatric Urgent Care for an exam of the rash if it is accompanied by a fever, headache, back pain or stiff neck and the rash itself consists of small, purple or bright red spots that don’t turn white when you press on them.
How long do rashes last?
Rashes will last for as long as it takes the body’s immune system to fight off whatever upset it in the first place and caused the rash to form. In the case of a rash being caused by a viral infection, the rash is actually a sign that the infection is fading, and the rash will also fade over the course of a few days but could take up to a few weeks. Other types of rashes will fade on their own over time, although that time will vary depending on the cause of the rash and your child’s immune system. In cases such as heat rash, hives, eczema or contact rash, these will fade away over the course of a few hours to a few days or weeks, again depending on the immune system and what is causing the body to react. Eczema can also be a chronic condition that can come and go throughout your child’s life. If your child’s rash doesn’t go away or gets worse, the rash could be a sign of an allergic reaction and the doctors at Night Lite Pediatrics can help determine what your child is potentially reacting to. In the case of allergies, once the allergens are established, your doctor will come up with a management plan for the allergies.
What causes rash?
Rashes are the result of exposure to any number of things. Typically, rashes are the result of the body’s immune system having a negative response to something it has come into contact with, either through touch at the point of the rash, or something that has been ingested or breathed in. Everyone will react differently to foreign substances and what causes a rash on contact one time may not cause a rash the next time the body comes into contact with it. One of the most common causes of rashes in children is viral infections. Other causes of rashes are insect bites, heat exposure, bacterial infections, allergies and many others. If you are worried about your child’s rash, make an appointment with one of the doctors at Night Lite Pediatrics or walk-in to our urgent care to get the rash looked at by one of our medical professionals. If the rash is an allergic reaction to something, you will want to find out what the allergen is to know what to avoid and what to do the next time your child comes into contact with it.
When should I take my child to the doctor for a rash?
Most rashes are harmless and will fade on their own over the course of a few days to a few weeks, or in some cases in a few hours. Many rashes can be treated at home using a hydrocortisone cream or antihistamines, depending on the age of your child, or by placing cool cloths on the skin. In the case of a rash that doesn’t fade briefly when you press on it and is accompanied by a headache, fever, stiff neck or back pain and appears in the form of small, red or purple spots, you should take your child to a doctor immediately. Night Lite Pediatrics offers walk-in urgent care for patients from newborn to 21 years of age, with late night hours 7 days a week. This type of rash could be a sign of a serious condition that requires immediate medical attention.