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Can baby acne spread to ears eyelids and head? Can erythema toxicum neonatum occur at 3-4 weeks and spread to those places as well? Red bumps and pus

Can baby acne spread to ears eyelids and head? Can erythema toxicum neonatum occur at 3-4 weeks  and spread to those places as well? Red bumps and pus

Rash in newborn: ETN is not likely the cause (usually in first few days to 2 wks). Neonatal acne is common and generally starts around 3 weeks of age. Yes, neonatal acne can cover the areas mentioned. Another common rash to be considered is seborrheic dermatitis - this rash will typically have flaky patches as well. No treatment for acne, severe seborrhea may be tx with low dose steroid (ask your pediatrician) ...Read more

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Red Skin (Definition)

Red skin is a symptom in which part or all of a person's skin is redder than normal. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to allergies, inflammation, infection, hormonal changes, nerve problems, ...Read more


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I've heard different things. What exactly is erythema toxicum?

I've heard different things. What exactly is erythema toxicum?

Transient rash: Erythema toxicum is a very common rash affecting newborn babies, typically shows up on second day of life and stays 2-3 days. Cause is still elusive and no treatment is necessary. The original meaning of erythema in greek was "bug bite.". ...Read more

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My son has erythema toxicum. Should I be concerned?

My son has erythema toxicum. Should I be concerned?

Erythema Toxicum: There are several rashes that are common in the newborn period, this is one of them. It looks bad because it is a red splotch with a little white pustule in the middle but it does not cause him any itching or discomfort. It will disappear on its own in about a week. ...Read more

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What are the tests for erythema toxicum?

What are the tests for erythema toxicum?

None I'm aware of: Erythema toxicum is a transient condition affecting 1/3 to 1/2 of newborns & is relatively easy to diagnose on exam. I don't need a confirmatory test. Microscopic exam of some of the tiny blisters will yield eosinophils, a white cell associated with allergy.It's a cute test but i haven't done one since medical school. ...Read more

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Can erythema toxicum appear around 6-7 weeks of age?

Can erythema toxicum appear around 6-7 weeks of age?

Not usually: I have never see n iti n a 6 week old. It is primarily in the first 48 hours of life and resolves by a week of age. It could be viral...Have your child seen if it is concerning to you. ...Read more

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At what age erythema toxicum will go away?

At what age erythema toxicum will go away?

Erythema Toxicum: Congratulations on your new baby. The rash of erythema toxicum typically goes away within two weeks, but can last up to four months. There is no need to do anything more than bring your baby in for regular pediatric visits so your doctor can follow. ...Read more

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What are the differences between erythema toxicum and eczema?

What are the differences between erythema toxicum and eczema?

Different rashes: erythema toxucum is a rash usually seen after birth consisting of effervescent rash spotty rash, not itchy and resolves spontaneously without ant treatment. It is not toxic nor can it spread to others. Eczema is a more chronic skin condition with red, dar and staley rashes, often itchy and can be triggerecby the environment, foods, shapes etc and can be treated to alleviate symptoms. ...Read more

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What treatments for erythema toxicum can I try at home?

None: Erythema toxicum is benign condition and does not require treatment. In fact no treatment is known to help with it. It will disappear on its own. ...Read more

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My 1 month new born has blochy dark red skin when does this go away?

My 1 month new born has blochy dark red skin when does this go away?

See Your Doctor NOW: Any rash on a newborn must be examined by a physician. While there are benign rashes that do occur, life-threatening infections can present as a rash in newborns. Be aware that rashes require visual inspection to make the diagnosis; also newborns show almost no symptoms if there is an illness. See your doctor IMMEDIATELY for correct diagnosis and treatment to ensure the safety of your newborn. ...Read more

Red Skin (Definition)

Redness is a symptom in which part or all of a person's body has a redder color than normal. Redness is usually caused by increased blood (red colored) in the reddened area. Increased blood flow can be due to inflammation, infection, hormonal changes, nerve problems, ...Read more


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Neonatal (Definition)

The term neonatal is generally used to describe events that occur with an infant within the first 30 days after birth.Some practitioners are looser with the definition & extend the ...Read more