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Question: Rash all over the body


 khyndal - Sun Mar 02, 2008 1:30 pm

My daughter has a rash from her face down to her feet. They are small , red bumps that first began on her stomach, but has covered her entire body in one day.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:28 pm

User avatar Hello,
Rashes can be very difficult to diagnose, especially without an examination.

There are several questions to help determine the cause.

Does your daughter have other symptoms or has she recently had a fever? Has she been exposed to someone with a communicable disease? Has she been immunized against the typical childhood diseases including chickenpox? Is the rash consistently the same over the body or does it consist of small dots in differing stages (some pimple-like, others smooth, some crusted over? I think you are describing these as raised since you used the word "bumps." Does it itch? Has this happened before? Might it be associated with a food or medication (even if she has had them in the past)? Has she had any respiratory symptoms, breathing difficulties, etc.?

Hopefully we can help you further with some additional information. Chickenpox is very common in children since the vaccine against it is still quite new and in the U.S. this is the season for the greatest outbreak. These also typically begin with the chest/abdomen area and spread to the extremities. If this is the case, it is extremely contagious. The bumps will scab over and she is contagious until ALL have reached this stage.

It may be necessary to see a doctor because some rashes are hives of unknown origin but may respond to prescription treatment once other infectious diseases have been ruled out. However, since it could be contagious, you should ask the doctor's office what their protocol is for bringing her in to avoid exposing others to a potentially contagious disease.

Good luck.

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