Symptoms That Cause Immediate Concerns with Rash
Difficulty breathing or swallowing
Purple or blood colored spots or dots
Blisters, bright red like sunburn skin, or peeling skin
Severe headache with fever
SYMPTOMS of hives include:
Raised pink bumps with pale centers (welts)
Hives look like mosquito bites
Sizes of hives vary from 1/2 inch to several inches across
Shapes of hives are also quite variable
Location, size, and shape change rapidly and repeatedly
In young children, the hands and feet are sometimes puffy
Also called urticaria
Giant hives are called angioedema
Ensure you are using the correct rash protocol
Rash began while taking amoxicillin OR augmentin AND NO hives or severe itch
Use Rash - Amoxicillin or Augmentin
Rash began while taking amoxicillin OR augmentin AND hives suspected or widespread itching
Use Rash - Widespread On Drugs
Received MMR vaccine 6 - 12 days ago and mild pink rash mainly on the trunk
Use Immunization Reactions
Roseola suspected (fine pink rash following 3 to 5 days of fever) Usually 6 months to 3 years Use Roseola
There are also protocols for Widespread, Localized, Purple Spots or Dots, Hives, Newborn, and Diaper Rash.
There are protocols specific to Food Reaction and Food Allergy
Use Anaphylaxis if a severe life-threatening allergic reaction following contact with an allergic substance (e.g., high-risk food, drug or bee sting)
Care Advice for Rash Without Symptoms of Concern
* Reassurance and Education
- Most widespread pink rashes are part of a viral illness (non-specific viral exanthems).
- This is especially likely if the child also has a cold, cough, or diarrhea.
- These viral rashes are harmless.
- No treatment is necessary unless the rash is itchy.
* Cool Baths for Itching
- For flare-ups of itching, give your child a cool bath without soap for 10 minutes. (Caution: avoid any chill.)
- Optional: can add baking soda, 2 ounces (60 ml) per tub.
* Hydrocortisone Cream for Itching
- For relief of itching, apply 1% hydrocortisone cream OTC 3 times per day.
- Do not apply to the face of infants
* Benadryl for Itching in Children 12 Months and Older
- For severe itching, give Benadryl (OTC) 4 times per day as needed until seen (See Dosage table).
* Reasons To Call Back
- Your child becomes worse