Many conditions affect the skin, some causing local rashes and others causing rashes that involve the entire body. As a parent, trying to determine whether your child’s rash is indicative of a contagious disease, an allergy or another cause can be difficult and even frustrating.
The information contained on this page is not meant to replace discussion with a healthcare provider; it is only meant as a guide to introduce some of the common conditions that affect the skin. Because rashes have different causes, treatments also differ; a healthcare provider will be able to help you determine the best way to treat your child’s rash.
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Reviewed by Paul A. Offit, MD, James R. Treat, MD on September 30, 2014