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My 7 year old daughter has an itchy, splashy red rash on her

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My 7 year old daughter has an itchy, splashy red rash on her elbow, behind her knees and under her arms, as well as some on her upper back now.... her fever is 100.5...
any idea?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Pediatrics
Expert:  Dr. David replied 8 years ago.
Hello and thank you for the post. I am sorry to hear that your daughter is having this problem. Please understand that rashes are hard remotely because we can't see them.

With regards ***** ***** she has, again I can't say for sure, but this might be something called erythema multiforme. The rashes can look "splashy" as you say but can also look ring like ("target lesions"). I will put a photo below. Other possibilities also exist: a viral infection (doesn't sound like it), poison ivy or some other contact dermatitis, or something else entirely. I would suggest you continue with the Benadryl or try topical hydrocortisone to see if that helps. If things get worse, I would see her pediatrician and consider oral steroids. If this is not even close to what hers looks like, my apologies, and I will try again. Best wishes and thank you, ***** *****
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I forgot to mention she has a sore throat to go with her Itchy rash.
it all started 4 hours ago. she didn't feel good, complained of her throat and fatigue then the itchy rash started with low fever.
she is now asleep... benadryl must be working.
I hate to take her to the ER with all that flu going around in east texas
Expert:  Dr. David replied 8 years ago.
Thank you for the additional information. She might also have scarlet fever (strep with a rash, though this does not typically itch much). I would let her sleep for now but tomorrow would have her get checked out including a strep test. I have seen many cases of the flu in the past few weeks but none with rash so I wouldn't worry about that in her case.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck and I hope she feels better. Sincerely, ***** *****
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Customer: replied 8 years ago.
Sorry Dr David, I had lost my internet connection from the hotel I was at.
Turn out Emma does have scarlet fever and the antibiotic prescribed are working well.
I'm accepting the answer now.
sorry for the delay.