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Macular rash or urticaria?

Macular rash or urticaria?

Easy question: Macules are flat. Papules are raised above the surrounding level of the skin. Hives are itchy papules where each hives lasts less than 24 hours. Hives often last for days to weeks but an individual hive lasts less than a day, resolves without leaving a mark on the skin, and may be replaced with other hives. Read more

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Macular rash on child that comes and goes. What is it?

Macular rash on child that comes and goes. What is it?

Viral or allergic: Fleeting rashes are often allergy, heat, or viral. It is very hard to know without seeing it so I would suggest taking a picture of it and making an appointment with your pediatrician/physician. Taking a picture is very helpful since, like cars with funny noises that are gone when you see the mechanic, rashes can disappear when you see the doctor. Read more

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What can cause this? Small macular orange/brown rash on trunk, spreads to a 2" circle leaving normal skin in middle. Lasts 6 weeks then starts elsewhere

What can cause this? Small macular orange/brown rash on trunk, spreads to a 2" circle leaving normal skin in middle. Lasts 6 weeks then starts elsewhere

Rash: This can't be diagnosed with the information that is available. A history, physical examination & other studies may be needed to determine cause/causes.
Once accurately assessed a treatment plan can be developed. Read more

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Does the skin rash blanch if your baby has diaper rash?

Does the skin rash blanch if your baby has diaper rash?

Yes.: Diaper dermatitis will usually blanch when you press on it; it's a sign that the skin is inflamed, and the little tiny blood vessels in it have dilated to bring more blood to the area. The fastest treatment for diaper dermatitis is to take off the diaper. While that may mean somebody will have to follow the baby around with a pooper scooper, the rash will clear very quickly. Read more

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Woke up with a rash on one side of lower stomach. Blanches, doesn't itch at all, slightly raised tiny pink dots. What could this be?

Woke up with a rash on one side of lower stomach. Blanches, doesn't itch at all, slightly raised tiny pink dots. What could this be?

It could be many: Things, most commonly a contact dermatitis. so I would try OTC hydrocortisone twice a day, if it doesn't resolve or gets worse in the next few days I would see a dermatologist for diagnosis as there are many other things this could be (including viral, bacterial, drug...) Read more

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My daughter has an itchy blistering rash that comes and goes on various parts of her torso. A piece of her skin has now blanched due to this. Help?

Need for evaluation: It is not feasible to provide a meaningful opinion without examining the child. It is imperative that you seek care for the child as soon as possible. Read more

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Rash on elbow. Non-itchy and not raised. Doesn't blanch. Feel well in self just a bit sick. History of dermatitis & eczema. Looks to be under the skin?

Rash on elbow. Non-itchy and not raised. Doesn't blanch. Feel well in self just a bit sick. History of dermatitis & eczema. Looks to be under the skin?

Flare of eczema?: Difficult to determine without seeing rash. Non-blanching rash with a history of eczema is concerning for a possible flare. Would consider applying topical corticosteroids to area and monitor for improvement. If this fails have rash evaluated by doctor. Read more

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My toddlers lab results came back and her WBC is within normal range 7.9 and her lymphs are really high. Doctor doesn't seem too concerned. Do I need a second opinion. She has a rash and some areas do not blanch she has fever and her breathing is becoming

My toddlers lab results came back and her WBC is within normal range 7.9 and her lymphs are really high. Doctor doesn't seem too concerned. Do I need a second opinion. She has a rash and some areas do not blanch she has fever and her breathing is becoming

RMSF?: I think I answered your question previously regarding rmsf. The results of the CBC with normal WBC and high lymphocyte count represents more of a viral infection with a rash. Further monitoring of the rash seems prudent. If the rash progresses, does not blanch and looks like blood clots, a repeat CBC may be necessary to look for decreasing platelet count found in rmsf. Read more

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My infant daughter has a reddish lump that blanches on her upper thigh. I am not sure if this is a bruise or a rash? She has no fever or other symptom

My infant daughter has a reddish lump that blanches on her upper thigh. I am not sure if this is a bruise or a rash? She has no fever or other symptom

Needs eval: Reddish lump in an infant could be a vascular swelling or abormality sometimes. It can also be bruising due to trauma. If is not not painful (diffult to tell in an infant) and no fever is present, swelling is usually not an infection. Make sure her pediatrician evaluates her swelling. Read more

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Healthy 8 yr old developed raised red rash that blanches. Otherwise healthy. Rash since yesterday...Breast BONE area both sides. Slight itch. Help?

Healthy 8 yr old developed raised red rash that blanches. Otherwise healthy. Rash since yesterday...Breast BONE area both sides. Slight itch. Help?

Blanching rash OK: If no other symptoms and pt is doing well, a blanching rash should not be concerning. If persistent for longer than 3-4days, seek medical advice. OTC topical steroid can help with itching. Read more

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Could macular holes get bigger/worse if not treated?

Could macular holes get bigger/worse if not treated?

Yes: The natural history of macular holes is that of continued enlargement, to a point, and associated progressive decline in visual acuity. Additionally, there is progressive central distortion that evolves into a central blind spot. Macular holes are best treated as soon as possible, though not urgent, and after about one year duration the prognosis for good vision drops dramatically. Read more

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What is a macular hole?

What is a macular hole?

Retinal break: A macular hole is a type of detachment of the retinal in the center of the vision. Many are spontaneous and some related to trauma. It causes a lowering of the central acuity and commonly is progressive unless treated. Treatment is done by retinal surgeons, is somewhat complex but commonly can reverse the process. Read more

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Rash (Definition)

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