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What could be causing your child’s rash?

There are many reasons why your child may develop a rash. Regardless, it is always concerning when they develop. In many instances, it might be combined with other symptoms such as a fever. Dr. Betty Bellman is a dermatological professional in the Miami Beach, FL area who can evaluate children to determine the cause of their condition.

Below are just a few of the more commonly seen conditions at our practice that can begin with a rash:

  • Allergies. Some children are allergic to certain foods, medications, or environmental triggers, such as pollen or animal dander.
  • Infections. Viral and bacterial infections can cause rashes, including chicken.
  • Autoimmune disorders. Eczema, psoriasis, and other autoimmune disorders can cause skin inflammation and result in pesky rashes.
  • Heat or sweat. A heat rash can occur when the sweat glands are blocked and sweat can’t evaporate from the skin.
  • Measles. Measles starts with a fever, runny nose, cough, and red, watery eyes. Then the telltale rash begins on the face and spreads down the body.
  • Roseola. This common childhood illness usually starts with a high fever for three to five days, followed by a pinkish, bumpy rash that starts on the chest and spreads. It is caused by a strain of the herpes virus.
  • Fifth disease. This viral infection causes a bright red rash on the cheeks, which looks like a “slapped face.” The rash then spreads to the trunk, arms, and legs.
  • Scarlet fever. Scarlet fever starts with a sore throat and high fever. A few days later, a characteristic red rash appears on the chest and stomach and quickly spreads to the neck, ears, elbows, and groin.
  • Rocky Mountain spotted fever. This serious bacterial infection causes a distinctive rash of small red spots that begin on the wrists and ankles and spread to the rest of the body. It is caused by the bite of an infected tick and can be deadly if not diagnosed and treated early with appropriate antibiotics.

Contact a provider today to get a definitive diagnosis

If your child has a rash, it’s important to identify the cause so you can treat it appropriately. Contact Dr. Betty Bellman of Miami Beach, FL to discuss your child’s condition and find effective treatment options. Call 305-534-8480 to make an appointment.

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