Top 10 Childhood Rashes

Childhood Rashes

Skin rashes affect people of all ages. Children are especially prone to some types of rashes more than adults. Besides, children tend to aggravate the rash by exerting physical pressure by scratching. Nevertheless, childhood rashes that affect many children can be very distressing for their parents.

Here are the top 10 childhood rashes:

1. Hot tub rash or Pseudomonas Folliculitis is an infection of the hair follicle caused by the bacteria Pseudomonas which is found in the contaminated water in the hot tubs, water slides or swimming pools. This rash usually disappears on its own without a necessity for treatment.

2. Acute hives or Urticaria is commonly seen in children. Hives are raised patched wheals of bumps, spots or blotches. This is one of the skin rashes that itch and can also be painful. Acute hives are usually caused by allergic reactions to various substances but can also be caused by environmental factors like heat, cold or pressure.

3. Prickly heat rash or Miliaria Rubra is caused by the blockage of the sweat glands. This can happen during humid or hot weathers or during a fever and excessive sweating.

4. Roseola rash is one of viral childhood rashes that is common in children between 6 months to 2 years of age. This rash is not serious and can resolve within a few days.

5. Impetigo is bacterial rash that can be quite itchy. It is contagious and is caused by streptococcal bacteria. The child can easily spread the rash to other parts of the body by scratching.

6. Measles rash is the most commonly seen of all childhood rashes. Prevention in the form of vaccine, administered twice, once at 12-15 months and once at 4-6 years of age, is the best treatment for this rash.

7. Chicken pox is a contagious disease that is very common among children. This is caused by a virus called varicalla-zoster. Now, a vaccine is available for children from 1 year of age and up that prevents the condition. This condition is not harmful to children but should be avoided by prevention.

8. Rubella is a mild form of measles and is caused by the virus Rubivirus. This can also be prevented through the vaccine MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) .

9. Scarlet fever (strep throat with a skin rash) is common among school-aged children. The infection can also occur in the vaginal area or around the anus. The rash is not very serious or contagious.

10. Atopic Dermatatis or eczema is a common childhood rash that is associated with dry skin. There is no particular cure for this condition and self care routines like moisturizing, avoiding too much heat or cold, cleaning the affected skin regularly etc often work very well.

There are also various types of childhood rashes that can be quite serious and life-threatening in some cases. Most rashes that are of genetic origin are uncommon, but can be found in a few.