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Dr. John Chiu
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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


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Can sudden red rashes with severe severe deep pain on right side of the scalp, face and neck along with fever be anything else other than shingles?

Can sudden red rashes with severe severe deep pain on right side of the scalp, face and neck along with fever be anything else other than shingles?

Hard to say without: Photos, and more info, but time to to visit your doctor and get assistance, and treatment, as if it is shingles, it can be a painful condition. See your doctor for definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Doc diagnosed herpes (shingles) (red rashes on right scalp, cheek & neck with fever) but prescribed amoxicillin+clavulanate combi. Is this any good?

Viral infection: The medication you've bee prescribed is Not a customary treatment for herpes zoster infection. I generally prescribe Valtrex™ Or similar. Your treating MD may be treating you for a bacterial infection you've been diagnosed. Check with your doctor to have a clarification, or seek a second opinion. ...Read more

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5 years old is having red itchy rashes on neck, itching on back, ears and face, swelling on face. Fever 100.Skin is rough. Is it strep throat/measles?

5 years old is having red itchy rashes on neck, itching on back, ears and face, swelling on face. Fever 100.Skin is rough. Is it strep throat/measles?

Needs to be seen: Cannot be diagnosed on this platform with this limited information, which indicate need for medical attention, kindly take your child to the pediatrician, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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What is this headache? For the past four days have been having the worst headaches ever. I have a rash on my chest and I had a slight fever the other day. Today, the fourth day, I still have a headache but it has moved to my neck. The front of my neck hur

What is this headache? For the past four days have been having the worst headaches ever. I have a rash on my chest and I had a slight fever the other day. Today, the fourth day, I still have a headache but it has moved to my neck. The front of my neck hur

The: The fact that you have a headache and stiff neck are worrisome. If a fever is present then it is really concerning. Meningitis, stroke, possible head trauma (soft spot?) are all possibilities that need to be ruled out. By the date of this post a week has passed. Did you seek care? If not, and you still have symptoms you should seek medical attention right away. ...Read more

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15 month old w/fever for 2 days rash showed up on neck & body After fever subsided. Roseola? Do I NEED to take her to the dr? Still fussy/irritable.

15 month old w/fever for 2 days rash showed up on neck & body After fever subsided. Roseola? Do I NEED to take her to the dr? Still fussy/irritable.

Please do: To make sure it is Roseola, and to check if any problem that may be caused by the virus as middle ear infection, best wishes ...Read more

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My 10mth old son developed a rash on his neck and head yesterday and has since spread to torso. Fever 2 days ago but gone now. He's scratching and can't sleep. Should I take him to er?

My 10mth old son developed a rash on his neck and head yesterday and has since spread to torso. Fever 2 days ago but gone now. He's scratching and can't sleep. Should I take him to er?

Rash: Yes, to have it looked at, and a pediatrician consulted if needed. Also, contact his pediatrician & inform of the symptoms. Wish him well. ...Read more

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I have a goosebump like rash, stiff neck, on and off fever, body aches. Could it be meningitis?

I have a goosebump like rash, stiff neck, on and off fever, body aches. Could it be meningitis?

Meningitis?: I certainly don't like the sound of what you're going through. I can't guarantee that this is meningitis, but I can strongly recommend you get evaluated in an emergency room, just to be safe. You should go tonight. ...Read more

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I've been itchy all day (first neck then shoulder now ankle) the places that itch are swelling with no rash. I now also have a slight fever What is it?

I've been itchy all day (first neck then shoulder now ankle) the places that itch are swelling with no rash. I now also have a slight fever What is it?

Angioedema: This appears to be an allergic reaction to something internal or external. It could be part of a viral infection. Take an antihistamine like benadryl (can make you drowsy) or Claritin (loratadine) for relief. Try to think of anything you ate that could have brought on this reaction. See your physician if symptoms persist or worsen. ...Read more

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I was in Barbados and I now have a prickly rash on my left side of neck and at very back of lower head. No fever, just rash tender to touch.

Shingles?: Sounds as if this may be shingles. A quick look at the nature of the rash and its distribution should allow most doctors to recognize this. Have your PCP take a look. ...Read more

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My 3 and a half year old has a deep cough I'm her chest no real fever and a rash on her back a d neck that is raised red spots size of a pen point? -

My 3 and a half year old has a deep cough I'm her chest no real fever and a rash on her back a d neck that is raised red spots size of a pen point? -

Cough and rash: A cough and a rash may be associated symptoms of a viral infection. To be sure, have your child evaluated by his pediatrician to confirm. ...Read more

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Daughter developed a rash starting at her neck and spread across her trunk. No fever but a lymph node at the base of her skull is swollen?

Daughter developed a rash starting at her neck and spread across her trunk. No fever but a lymph node at the base of her skull is swollen?

Rash in toddler: Most rashes that spread extensively in toddlers are due to viral infections, and are often associated with enlarged lymph nodes. Eczema or other similar eruptions should also be considered. Your pediatrician or dermatologist should be able to help you sort this out. Best wishes ...Read more

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1 week after my 5yr old son presented with very large lymph nodes in his neck he just broke out with an angry splotchy rash all over. Still no fever.

1 week after my 5yr old son presented with very large lymph nodes in his neck he just broke out with an angry splotchy rash all over. Still no fever.

Doctor: Time to be examined by the pediatrician. The rash may be coincidence. But also may be an infection such as strep throat which may need antibiotics. There are a number of other infections that may cause these symptoms, but more information is needed. ...Read more

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My 2 year old has a rash armpit, back of knee, down arm, back of neck with fever?

My 2 year old has a rash armpit, back of knee, down arm, back of neck with fever?

To vague for dx: There are far too many conditions or agents that could be linked to this set of symptoms. You may need to see a doc if the problem doesn't self heal over a day or two. ...Read more

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She has a flat bumpy rash on one cheek that is spreading to the neck and forehead, no fever, cough, or any other symptoms. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) was no help.

She has a flat bumpy rash on one cheek that is spreading to the neck and forehead, no fever, cough, or any other symptoms. Benadryl (diphenhydramine) was no help.

See a doctor: Without seeing this and getting a full history it is impossible to speculate as to cause, but this should be shown to a medical professional for evaluation. ...Read more

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I have had upper respiratory symptoms for 4 days & currently taking levaquin (levofloxacin). I am lethargic, worse fever & chills& have a fine rash to neck&torso?

I have had upper respiratory symptoms for 4 days & currently taking levaquin (levofloxacin). I am lethargic, worse fever & chills& have a fine rash to neck&torso?

See doc.: The fact that you are taking Levaquin (levofloxacin) suggests that you have a bacterial pneumonia. The fact that you are not better suggests that you have a resistant organism (seems unlikely) or a viral illness (much more likely) which did not need antibiotics in the first place.

Sounds like you should see doc and get another handle on this. You may need an influenza a/b swab. ...Read more

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My daughter age 11 is showing signs of a strep rash on her torso and neck but has no fever. Her tonsils and adenoids were removed. Is this strep?

My daughter age 11 is showing signs of a strep rash on her torso and neck but has no fever. Her tonsils and adenoids were removed. Is this strep?

Maybe, maybe not: Many agents can cause a rash similar to the rash of strep, like dryer sheets, detergents, & the like. The rash of strep usually comes out about 12 hours after the fever.The only way to know for sure is to have her examined & tested. The source of the strep could be somewhere other than her throat;including her anus, sinuses or a skin wound. ...Read more

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10mo. Boy Fever below 101 since sun Now rash behind ears on forehead and down neck. No other symptoms. Theething top 4 front teeth. Is rash concerning?

10mo. Boy Fever below 101 since sun Now rash behind ears on forehead and down neck. No other symptoms. Theething top 4 front teeth. Is rash concerning?

Call your doctor.: A 10 month old with a rash and a fever should be evaluated in person. We can't tell what this is online. It could be nothing to worry about, or it could be an infectious disease (like measles) that could be contagious to others, or need treatment. Please call the baby's doctor ASAP to get their advice. ...Read more

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8 month baby after a viral infection (3days fever, then rash) for two weeks has slightly enlarged occipital and neck lymph nodes, should I worry?

8 month baby after a viral infection (3days fever, then rash) for two weeks has slightly enlarged occipital and neck lymph nodes, should I worry?

No: Lymph nodes are doing their job. Often after infections (or during) there may be some enlargement. We are concerned when the nodes are very large, tender or red then you would want an appointment. Lymph nodes are areas of immunity and cells make antibodies in response to inflammation/infection. ...Read more

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3year old has got a red raised rash on his neck and back. He is complaining of a sore tongue. No fever?

3year old has got a red raised rash on his neck and back. He is complaining of a sore tongue. No fever?

Needs to be seen: Cannot be evaluated online, get to see a doctor and watch out for symptom progression, the sore tongue, try an antihistaminic in the interim, but see a doctor asap, best wishes ...Read more

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My granddaughter (16 mo) diagnosed roseola or fifths. I have an itchy rash on arms and neck and had fever blister. Any connection?

My granddaughter (16 mo) diagnosed roseola or fifths. I have an itchy rash on arms and neck and had fever blister. Any connection?

No connection: Human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6) is the most frequent cause of roseola.●Roseola classically begins with three to five days of fever that may exceed 40ºC (104ºF); as the fever abates, a blanching macular or maculopapular rash develops, starting on the neck and trunk and spreads to the face and extremities. It is self limited and benign. I do not believe your symptoms are caused by Roseola! ...Read more

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Strange skin rash that looks like red dots inside of skin on hand and forearm. Dots don't fade when pressed, but no fever, stiff neck, pain, etc?

Strange skin rash that looks like red dots inside of skin on hand and forearm. Dots don't fade when pressed, but no fever, stiff neck, pain, etc?

See details: It is impossible to offer specifics without being able to visualize the rash. See a doctor if you are concerned. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelia Franz
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Rash (Definition)

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Fever (Definition)

Fever = elevated body temperature (can be ...Read more