Velocity Care looks at common rashes and skin irritations that children experience
It is extremely common for toddlers and children to experience rashes and skin irritations. As they grow and begin to explore the world around them, children can easily come into contact with new substances that cause allergic reactions or irritate their young, sensitive skin. Velocity Care Urgent Treatment Center treats patients of all ages for allergies, including rashes and other allergic reactions. You can be prepared for an allergic reaction, before you need us, by knowing the common causes of rashes, the different rash appearances and what treatment options are available to ease the itching and discomfort that can accompany many skin irritations.
What causes a rash to occur?
A skin rash can occur for many different reasons. Contact with or ingestion of an allergen, irritation from a substance or chemical and certain viral infections can all cause a reaction to occur on the skin. Often, children will experience a skin reaction after eating certain foods, taking medication or coming into contact with detergents, plants or animals. Prolonged exposure to heat can cause a heat rash, and moisture can cause diaper rashes to occur. Viruses, such as measles or chickenpox, can also cause rashes.
The different appearances of skin irritations
Rashes and irritations can present themselves in many different ways. Hives are a common allergic reaction that can appear quite suddenly. They are raised welts that can be round or irregularly shaped and are pink, red or white in color. Hives are often itchy and may come and go, moving to different areas of the body.
Some rashes may have smooth red spots or raised red bumps. Others may look like lace and be irregular in shape. Still others may appear like tiny pimples or be fluid-filled blisters. The type of symptoms that appear will vary depending on the cause of the irritation.
Should I be concerned about my child’s rash?
Most children will experience a rash or skin irritation during their childhood years and very few rashes are cause for concern. It is important, however, to seek immediate medical attention if your child is experiencing difficulty breathing, wheezing, throat tightening, vomiting or a high fever along with his or her rash. This could be a sign of a very serious and life-threatening allergic reaction. It is also important to see a doctor if your child is in extreme discomfort, if the itching is very bad and won’t go away with over-the-counter medication or if the rash has lasted more than a week.
Often you can determine the cause of your child’s rash by looking into what foods or substances he or she may have come into contact with or noting if your child has been around someone who may have spread the rash through a virus, like in the case of chickenpox. If the cause of your child’s skin irritation is still unknown, it is time to see a doctor who can perform a series of allergy tests, which can help to determine the cause.
How to ease the irritation
There are many remedies that can help to ease any discomfort, pain or itching that may be associated with rashes and skin irritations.
- Oatmeal baths. You can either buy an oatmeal bath at the store or make your own using plain oatmeal. The oatmeal has anti-itch properties that can help to soothe the skin.
- Calamine lotion. You can purchase this milky, pink lotion at most pharmacies and apply it directly to the skin to help ease itching. It is commonly used to treat poison ivy, chickenpox and other rashes.
- Steroid creams. Most steroid creams require a prescription and can help to reduce redness, inflammation of the skin and itching.
- Oral medications. There are many medications that can help with the symptoms of an allergic reaction to reduce swelling, itching and inflammation of the skin.
If your little one is experiencing a rash, our team of doctors at Velocity Care can help to ease his or her discomfort. A quick visit to your local walk-in clinic will have your child feeling back to normal and ready for play in no time.
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