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A lacy, red rash has broken out across part of my baby's body. Do I need to bring her to a doctor, or is there a way to treat the rash from home?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Dr. Tanya Russo
Rashes in children can be caused by a variety of issues, including a variety of infections, allergic reactions, hypersensitivity, autoimmune disorders, etc. etc. etc. Treatment depends on the cause, and diagnosis is best made with an in person exam.
Dr. Holly Maes
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

It's hard to make "rash decisions" over the phon or computer, but if baby has a rash that you can't identify, it's usually best to have your doc look at it.
When you say "lacy red rash"to a pediatrician, we immediately think of something called fifth's disease, which we now know is a parvovirus infection.While generally harmless and not needing treatment for baby , can be dangerous to unborn babies.

In brief: Yes

It's hard to make "rash decisions" over the phon or computer, but if baby has a rash that you can't identify, it's usually best to have your doc look at it.
When you say "lacy red rash"to a pediatrician, we immediately think of something called fifth's disease, which we now know is a parvovirus infection.While generally harmless and not needing treatment for baby , can be dangerous to unborn babies.
Dr. Holly Maes
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Dr. Lionel Tapia
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Generally a lacy red rash that is not itchy is associated with mild viral illness.
If your child is not bothered by the rash, it is not likely to be dangerous.

In brief: No

Generally a lacy red rash that is not itchy is associated with mild viral illness.
If your child is not bothered by the rash, it is not likely to be dangerous.
Dr. Lionel Tapia
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