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Rash, Age 11 and Younger - Preparing For Your Appointment

To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.

You can help your doctor diagnose and treat your child's condition by being prepared to answer the following questions:

  • What is the history of the rash, including:
    • When did the rash start?
    • Where did the rash start?
    • Has the rash spread?
    • Has the rash changed?
    • Has anything made the rash better or worse?
  • Has your child had this rash before? If yes:
    • What were the circumstances?
    • When did he or she last have it?
    • How was it treated?
    • How long did it last?
  • What other symptoms has your child had? Symptoms may include itching, burning, stinging, tingling, numbness, pain, tenderness to the touch, fever, cold symptoms, or diarrhea.
  • Has your child been exposed to a contagious illness, such as measles, rubella, mumps, or chickenpox?
  • Have you recently used a new food, medicine, or product, such as soaps, detergents, shampoos, lotions, fabrics, new toys, or other object?
  • Has your child been exposed to poisonous plants. such as poison ivy, oak, or sumac?
  • Has your child had other health problems during the past 3 months?
  • Has your child recently traveled to a rural area or to another country?
  • Does anyone in your immediate family have a skin disorder or an allergy?
  • What home treatment measures have you tried? Did they help?
  • What nonprescription medicines have your tried? Did they help?
  • Does your child have any health risks?

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: February 21, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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