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Should I use a different detergent if my baby keeps getting rashes on her leg?

Should I use a different detergent if my baby keeps getting rashes on her leg?

Usually won't matter: Recurrent rashes on the arms and legs of babies are often eczema, which appears as reddened, rough, dry skin areas. On severe eczema areas, the skin will get tiny cracks that ooze moisture. Changing the laundry detergent usually doesn't make a difference in the rash, but parents can try using no detergent for 2-3 weeks and see if the rash resolves (just wash the laundry with hot or warm water). ...Read more

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Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

Most bumps and blotches on a newborn baby are harmless and clear up by themselves. By far the most common skin problem in infants is diaper rash. Diaper rash is an irritation of the skin caused by dampness, urine, or feces. Most babies who wear diapers will have some type of diaper rash. However, there are other skin disorders that can cause rashes. These are usually not serious unless ...Read more


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New laundry detergent caused me to get a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. Now it seems behind my knees is a little swollen. What can I do?

New laundry detergent caused me to get a skin rash on my legs and behind my knees. Now it seems behind my knees is a little swollen. What can I do?

Stop: Stop using the new detergent and switch to one without harsh chemicals or fragrances..Something like ivory or similar store brands...See your family doc for a check of the symptoms to make sure that is what it actually is.... ...Read more

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I have a rash that itches all the time an i haven't changed any soaps or.Detergents. It appears mostly on my arms an some on my legs.?

I have a rash that itches all the time an i haven't changed any soaps or.Detergents. It appears mostly on my arms an some on my legs.?

Eczema?: You could have one of the more common itchy rashes on arms, legs--eczema. Heavy, emollient moisturization can hep prevent it, but may not be enough to eradicate it. You may need a prescription cortisone from your doctor. Once gone, using daily emollients (creams better than lotions) can help keep it away. ...Read more

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My lower legs itch badly. No rash. No new soaps or detergents. Often happens during the winter.

My lower legs itch badly.  No rash.  No new soaps or detergents.  Often happens during the winter.

Dry skin?: If this is more so in the winter it may be related to dry skin. Start moisturizing with a simple cream or detergent 2-3 times a day and see if this will help the itching to go away. ...Read more

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My skin in very itchy on the top of my legs my bum and my belly ..I have no rash or raised bumps..I haven't changed diet..Washing detergent.

My skin in very itchy on the top of my legs my bum and my belly ..I have no rash or raised bumps..I haven't changed diet..Washing detergent.

Doctor can evaluate: Itching usually means there is histamine being released in the skin, often as part of an allergic reaction to something. A primary care doctor or a dermatologist can check to see what might be making the skin itch. Skin dryness, or reactions to foods or medications, can cause itching. Occasionally, a person with internal problems like liver or kidney disease can also get itching. ...Read more

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I have a very itchy scabs/rash that looks similar to flea bites only on my arms and legs for the last 2 months no change in detergent or diet No fleas?

I have a very itchy scabs/rash that looks similar to flea bites only on my arms and legs for the last 2 months no change in detergent or diet No fleas?

Itchy rash: From the characteristics of the rash, you should still consider insect bites, especially if only exposed skin is affected as well as if anyone else is affected. You should allow the skin to heal by avoid scratching. Use Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to help decrease the itching. Use Neosporin on any open sores to cut down on infection. Ultimately, you should see your doc and maybe a Dermatologist for more help. ...Read more

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2 yr old has a rash on legs/arms.Started 3+ days ago. Colorless bumps varying in size, itchy.Alittle better after bath.No change in detergent etc. ?

2 yr old has a rash on legs/arms.Started 3+ days ago. Colorless bumps varying in size, itchy.Alittle better after bath.No change in detergent etc. ?

Needs to be seen.: There are multiple things it could be, from eczema (an allergic condition) to scabies (bugs in the skin), to contact dermatitiis (poison ivy, etc.) to many other things that can cause itchy bumps. Rashes can not be reliably diagnosed without being seen. Go to your pediatrician or a dermatologist. A rash that's bothering your child deserves care. ...Read more

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What could cause extreme itchy rash in pubic area all of a sudden? Also have random spots on stomach, arms, legs, back and buttocks. No new detergent

What could cause extreme itchy rash in pubic area all of a sudden? Also have random spots on stomach, arms, legs, back and buttocks. No new detergent

Itchy rashes: For skin rashes, a variety of skin conditions can present similarly with spotty itchy rashes. To get a correct diagnosis, we need to see and examine it so a correct course of treatment could be made. Spotty itchy rashes can be folliculitis, hives or eczema. They are treated differently. I would suggest you see a local physician. ...Read more

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Dr. John Chiu
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Skin Rash (Definition)

A skin rash is a symptom in which a person has changes on part or all of his skin, such as color changes, bumps, blisters, oozing, peeling, ...Read more