ERYTHEMA TOXICUM NEONATORUM

Benign, self-limiting raised erythematous rash over the body of the newborn

It is an allergic response

 

Features

  • Ivory coloured papules surrounded by erythema
  • Confluent lesions
  • Pustules may be present
  • Generally Starts from 2nd to 4th day of  life
  • Involves all chest, face, back
  • Lasts up to 2- 3 weeks

 

Investigations

  • If the child is well and afebrile then they can be clinically diagnosed with Erythema toxicum
  • Occasionally if bloods are done, eosinophilia can be seen.

 

Treatment

  • None required as they disappear in the first month
  • If signs of infection like fever, cellulitis then Intravenous antibiotics

 

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