Rash Treatments Brainerd MN

The most important step is to try to figure out whether the rash has been caused by an infection or an allergic reaction, since each of these categories will lead to an entirely different course of action.

Paul Brian Lundstrom, MD
2024 S 6th St
Brainerd, MN
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1995

Data Provided by:
Lundstrom, Paul B MD - Brainerd Medical Center
(218) 855-5475
2024 S 6th St
Brainerd, MN
 
Paul Lundstrom, MD
(218) 855-5474
2024 South 6th Street
Brainard, MN
 
Paul B Lundstrom, MD
(218) 546-8375
318 E MAIN ST
Crosby, MN
 
M Elizabeth Briden, MD
(952) 915-6000
6525 Barrie Rd
Edina, MN
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1982

Data Provided by:
Paul Lundstrom
(218) 828-7100
2024 S 6th St
Brainerd, MN
Specialty
Dermatology

Data Provided by:
Paul B Lundstrom, MD
(218) 828-7100
2024 S 6TH ST
Brainerd, MN
 
Lundstrom, Paul
(218) 828-2892
13359 ISLE DR
Baxter, MN
 
Garrett T Bayrd, MD
(952) 920-3808
3316 W 66th St
Edina, MN
Business
Dermatology Specialists PA
Specialties
Dermatology

Data Provided by:
Kenneth Edward Bloom, MD
(612) 863-8563
910 E 26th St Ste 407
Minneapolis, MN
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1984

Data Provided by:
Data Provided by:

How to Decipher That Rash

Provided by: 

By Robert Rountree, MD

I try not to overreact every time one of my kids gets a rash, but it still freaks me out. How can I tell if it signals something serious?

When a rash suddenly appears in a normally healthy child, the first thing you should do is step back, take a deep breath, and objectively assess the situation. If the rash is spreading rapidly or showing up all over the body, or if your child is experiencing progressive symptoms such as wheezing or shortness of breath, increasingly high temperature, weakness, lethargy, or intense headache, joint aches, or muscle pains, then you are dealing with a serious situation and should immediately seek medical assistance. Any rash that doesn’t go away after a week or two also warrants professional help.

If you’ve decided that the situation is not urgent, then you can apply some detective skills by gathering clues about the physical characteristics and location of the rash and the sequence of events prior to its appearance. Even if you are unable to determine the cause, answering these questions will help describe the situation to your healthcare provider: Is the rash confined to one area, or is it widespread? Does it come and go, or does it stay in the same place? Does it have small spots, large blotches, or a diffuse redness? Is it flat, raised, or blistered? Is it pink, red, purple, etc.? Do the affected areas itch or burn? Is it scaly, crusty, or weeping?

The most important step is to try to figure out whether the rash has been caused by an infection or an allergic reaction, since each of these categories will lead to an entirely different course of action. For example, if the rash is from an infection, then your child may be contagious. If systemic symptoms such as a fever, sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, muscle aches, diarrhea, or abdominal pain preceded the rash, then you would suspect a virus (measles, roseola, chicken pox), bacteria (scarlet fever from streptococcus), or bacteria-like organisms (Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever). Recent exposure to any of these illnesses or a recent tick bite may be a tip-off.

The most dangerous rash that you could encounter in this context is from bacterial meningitis. In its initial stages, bacterial meningitis may resemble a bad cold or flu, but then things get suddenly worse with a high fever, severe headache, and joint aches. The rash is actually the result of small areas of bleeding called petechiae that occur under the skin and in the mucous membranes and the eyes. It typically begins in one region and then spreads all over the body, thus signaling a life-threatening situation.

Rashes from superficial infections may result from fungi (ringworm, athlete’s foot, diaper rash), viruses (herpes), bacteria (impetigo), or parasites (scabies and mites). Each of these rashes has a unique appearance and typical time course. An important clue is whether the child’s playmates or family members have experienced any similar problems. Recent...

Author: Robert Rountree

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...