Posted by: Chrisna | 2003/12/14


Red spots on chest and back

My son is 2 and 8 months old and he has a rash of red spots on his back and chest. It doesn't seem as if it is itchy but I'm still worried. He has had a similar rash because of allergy. Do you think I should put him on anti-allergy medication to see if it my be that? Or what can cause these red spots?

Expert's Reply



Different types of skin rashes are common in small children and usually it requires a careful examination to differentiate the more serious causes. In the vast majority of cases, what you describe would be due to a viral infection and no treatment will be required. If your child is not ill and the symptoms not progressive it will be best to observe without any treatment. Anti-allergy medication would only be considered in specific instances and only if the rash was itchy.

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