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Question: red rash that looks like chicken pox without blisters


 sidshanna - Mon Nov 02, 2009 8:38 pm

my 12 yr old step daughter went to her mothers two weeks ago and came back with a rash all over her arms face some on her chest and stomach and now it is on her legs she has been taking benadryl and using a steroid cream her doctor gave her and it is not getting better what could it be?
 Dr.M.jagesh kamath - Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:31 am

User avatar Hello,Generally two types of rashes are likely in this case with a generalised rash with itching.Commonest are drugs like ampicillin and sulfonamides.The other being viral rash including measles.In the absence of fever and the rash lasting longer, makes me think of pityriasis rosea a selflimiting papulosquamous rash involving children and young adults.It is supposed to have a viral basis and would resolve in a few weeks.The first bigger patch would be known as a herald patch but some times difficult to locate.The other lesions are widespread and may itch quite a bit in some.It should resolve soon.Soothing lotions like calamine may be used and antihistamines orally.Best wishes.

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