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    First Aid: Rashes

    First Aid: Rashes

    First Aid

    Rashes can be caused by viruses, bacteria, medications, heat, allergies, and many other things. Many are only a minor annoyance, but some can be serious and require medical treatment.

    Signs and Symptoms

    • redness
    • spots on the skin
    • scaly skin
    • itchiness
    • bumps
    • blisters
    • pimples

    What to Do

    To ease discomfort:

    • add a few cups of oatmeal to the bath
    • pat the skin dry (instead of rubbing) after a bath or shower
    • avoid scrubbing or scratching the affected skin
    • leave the rash exposed to the air as much as possible

    Seek Medical Care


    • your child also has a fever
    • your child looks ill
    • there are tiny red dots that cannot be felt when touched and don't fade when pressed
    • there are bruises not related to injuries
    • there is no improvement after a week

    Think Prevention!

    Most rashes are difficult to avoid. However, some specific rashes can be prevented:

    • Have kids avoid people with contagious skin rashes.
    • For allergic rashes, try to avoid the substance that causes the reaction.
    • Use sunscreen to avoid sunburn.
    • If your child tends to get eczema flare-ups, avoid harsh soaps.

    Reviewed by: Steven Dowshen, MD
    Date reviewed: April 2014