Posted by: Help pls? | 2007/08/10


Rash on neck

Hi dr

My lo is almost 6 months and has this rash at the back of her neck where the hairline ends - its about the size of a R2 coin (since she was about 3 months). Its bloodred and it use to make flakes (looks like big pathes of dandruf thats slightly attached to the skin still) and it fell off - I didnt want to pull or tugg at it. When the flakes fell of, it looked like the rash was oozing a yellow liquid, and would then form new flakes and so on and on. Well I took her to the clinic and they said its a fungus, and gave me Nystacid cream but it didnt work. The rash itches because she sratched it untill it bled. I kept it clean and dry and always made sure that she does not mess milk or a little spitup into her neck

My husband grandmother suffers with the same skin problem and she gave me ointment for it (Im at a loss about the name - sorry - something like Laventene ?)

that has really worked wonders. within 2 days the rash has almost dissappeared - now a slight pink mark left. My concern is that the great granmother says this is a cronic infection and unless you treat it all the time, it will return and it can also spread. The grandmothers is so bad that her entire scalp is covered and she even gets it on her arms.

Can this be true? I dont want my little girl to suffer with constant rashes for the rest of her life!

Expert's Reply



This is not the same rash as the adults in the family have. Their rash sounds like psoriasis. Your baby's rash sounds like seborrhoea.It should respond to a mild steroid cream such as Hydrocortisone 1%. Use the ointment once daily until the rash clears then stop.

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Posted by: Angie | 2008/02/29

Can you please tell me the symptoms and treatment of seborrhoea ?

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