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Diaper Rash
Briefly discusses common causes of diaper rash. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

Heat Rash
Discusses heat rash (prickly heat). Looks at causes and symptoms of heat rash in babies. Covers signs of infection. Offers home treatment and prevention tips.

Vaginal Rashes and Sores
A rash in your vaginal area ( vulva) may be caused by irritation of the skin from many sources, such as clothes rubbing against the skin. Rashes that occur without other symptoms are usually minor and often go away with home treatment. Contact dermatitis A common cause of a rash is contact with a substance that...

Rashes or Sores in the Groin
Rashes in the groin or genital area are usually caused by irritation of the skin from many sources, such as clothes rubbing against the skin. Rashes that occur without other symptoms are usually minor and often go away with home treatment. Contact dermatitis A common cause of a rash is contact with a substance that...

Caregiving: Preventing Rashes in the Groin Area
The groin area needs careful cleaning to prevent rashes and infections. Rashes are most likely to form in moist areas where skin touches skin, such as the folds of the groin and on the chest and stomach. For a larger-sized person, other areas of concern are the folds on the neck, arms, inner elbows, legs, behind the...

Medicines That May Cause Rashes in Children
Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause a rash. A few common examples are: Antibiotics. Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve). Pain medicines, such as codeine. Seizure medicines. If a rash occurs after your child has begun a new medicine: Stop giving the medicine to your...

Skin Rashes: Home Treatment
Home treatment often can relieve discomfort and itching until a rash clears up. If you have come in contact with a substance that causes contact dermatitis (such as poison ivy, oak, or sumac), immediately wash the area with a lot of water. If you can, use liquid dish soap or a mild soap and very warm running water...

Newborn Rashes and Skin Conditions
What are the most common skin conditions in newborns? It's very common for newborns to have rashes or other skin problems. Some of them have long names that are hard to say and sound scary. But most will go away on their own in a few days or weeks. Here are some of the things you may notice about your baby's skin. It...

Rash, Age 11 and Younger
Briefly discusses common skin rashes that affect those 11 and younger. Covers chickenpox, diaper rash, prickly heat, and contact dermatitis. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

Rash, Age 12 and Older
Briefly discusses common causes of skin rashes in those 12 and older. Covers allergies, chronic skin problems like eczema, and contact with poisonous plants like poison oak. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

Medicines That May Cause a Rash
Many prescription and nonprescription medicines can cause a rash. A few common examples are: Antibiotics. Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Aleve). Pain medicines, such as codeine. Seizure medicines. If a rash occurs after you have begun a new medicine: Call the doctor who prescribed the medicine...

Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac: Rash From Indirect Contact
The oil (urushiol) that causes the rash from poison ivy, oak, or sumac can be spread to skin from: Sporting equipment, such as fishing rods, balls, baseball bats and gloves, and hockey sticks. Lawn and garden tools, such as lawn mower handles,...

Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac
Discusses rash (also called contact dermatitis) caused by touching poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac. Covers risks. Offers home treatment and prevention tips. Covers medicines to relieve symptoms.

Scarlet Fever
This topic discusses scarlet fever, a term used for strep throat with a rash. Covers the symptoms, the cause, how it's diagnosed, and how it's treated.

Seabather's Eruption
What is seabather's eruption? Seabather's eruption is a rash that occurs when a swimmer is stung by marine life larvae. The condition has many names, including sea lice, pika-pika, sea poisoning, sea critters, and ocean itch. What causes it? Two types of marine life that generally cause seabather's eruption are: Thimble...

miconazole and zinc oxide topical
Miconazole and zinc oxide topical (for the skin) is a combination antifungal medicine that fights infections caused by fungus. The ointment form is used to treat diaper rash with yeast infection (candidiasis) in children and babies who are at least 4 weeks old. Miconazole and zinc oxide topical ointment is for use only...

Roseola
What is roseola? Roseola (roseola infantum) is a mild illness caused by a virus. It is generally harmless and is most common in children 6 months to 2 years of age. It is rare after age 4. What causes it? Roseola is caused by two common viruses. The viruses belong to the family of herpes viruses, but they do not cause...

Chickenpox: Controlling the Itch
Guides you through how to control itching when you or your child has chickenpox (varicella) rash. Includes home treatment with baths, over-the-counter medicines, and lotions. Covers avoiding scratching to prevent infection and scarring.

First Aid
Provides links on nosebleeds, rashes, and blisters. Also includes topics addressing more serious first aid emergencies, such as choking rescues and sprained ankles.

Yeast Skin Infection
What is a yeast skin infection? A yeast infection is usually caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. This kind of yeast naturally lives on your skin. When too much yeast grows, it is called a yeast skin infection. Yeast skin infections tend to happen in skin-to-skin areas. These include the underarms, as well as...

zinc oxide topical
Zinc oxide is a mineral. Zinc oxide topical (for the skin) is used to treat diaper rash, minor burns, severely chapped skin, or other minor skin irritations. Zinc oxide rectal suppositories are used to treat itching, burning, irritation, and other rectal discomfort caused by hemorrhoids or painful bowel movements. There...

Atopic Dermatitis: Taking Care of Your Skin
Covers good skin care as an essential part of controlling the itch and rash of atopic dermatitis. Looks at what atopic dermatitis is. Explains why skin care is important. Gives tips on keeping your skin hydrated and avoiding irritants.

Scalp Problems
Briefly discusses common scalp problems and possible causes, including hair loss, infections, sores, and damage from hair products. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

Atopic Dermatitis (Eczema)
Covers long-lasting skin problem that is also known as eczema or atopic eczema. Looks at symptoms like dry skin, itching, and a red, raised rash. Covers treatments including using moisturizing creams and medicines. Offers prevention tips.

Shingles
Discusses shingles, a condition caused by the virus that causes chickenpox (herpes zoster). Discusses who is most likely to get it. Describes how shingles rash causes pain and the treatment for it. Includes info on the shingles vaccine.

Chickenpox (Varicella)
Discusses vaccine-preventable illness that causes itchy rash and red spots or blisters (pox) all over the body. Covers home treatment, including resting and taking medicines to reduce fever, itching. Includes info on shingles.

Marine Stings and Scrapes
Briefly discusses the types of marine stings and scrapes and the reactions that can occur. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

Heat-Related Illnesses
Briefly discusses heat-related illnesses. Looks at heatstroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps, heat rash, and dehydration. Covers emergency first aid treatment. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

Groin Problems and Injuries
Briefly discusses groin problems and injuries. Looks at acute injuries, hernias, and rashes and at groin problems in children. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

topical emollients
Emollients are substances that moisten and soften your skin. Topical (for the skin) emollients are used to treat or prevent dry skin. Topical emollients are sometimes contained in products that also treat acne, chapped lips, diaper rash, cold sores, or other minor skin irritation. There are many brands and forms of...

calamine (topical)
Calamine is an anti-itch medicine that works by causing a cooling sensation as it evaporates on your skin. Calamine also dries oozing or weeping from minor skin irritation. Calamine topical (for the skin) is used to treat itching and skin irritation caused by chickenpox, insect bites or stings, measles, eczema, sunburn...

Bruises and Blood Spots Under the Skin
Briefly discusses how and why bruises and blood spots might develop. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

lanolin topical
Lanolin is a natural substance found in sheep's wool. This product is made with manufacturing processes that reduce certain allergens in the lanolin. Lanolin topical (for the skin) is used to treat or prevent dry skin, itching or other skin irritation caused by conditions such as diaper rash, radiation therapy skin...

Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac: Tips for Washing
If you have contact with poison ivy, oak, or sumac, immediately wash areas of the skin that may have touched the plant. Sometimes the resulting rash (contact dermatitis) can be completely avoided by washing the affected areas with plenty of water...

Poison Ivy, Oak, or Sumac: Relieving the Itch
A rash caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac may itch and produce blisters. If you get a mild rash, you can take care of it at home. Here are some tips to help with itching: Apply a cool, wet cloth for 15 to 30 minutes several times a day. Take short,...

Jellyfish Stings: Allergic Reaction
The reaction that you have to a jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-war sting depends on many things. The potency of the venom changes with the type of jellyfish and also is stronger during some seasons than in others. Other things that affect the...

Skin Changes Caused by a Medicine
Skin changes are a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription medicines. Common side effects include: Rash. Any medicine can cause a rash. Two examples are aspirin and antibiotics. Color changes in the skin. A few examples of medicines that can cause this are: Birth control...

mineral oil (oral/rectal)
Mineral oil is used to treat occasional constipation. The oral form is taken by mouth. The rectal form is used as an enema applied in the rectum. Mineral oil may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Jellyfish Sting: Home Treatment
The rash and skin irritation that occurs with minor jellyfish or Portuguese man-of-war stings will usually go away with home treatment. Seabather's eruption is a rash that develops from the stings of jellyfish or sea anemone larvae. Although these rashes are annoying, they are not a serious medical problem. When an...

bacitracin (injection)
Bacitracin injection is an antibiotic that treats staph infection caused by a bacteria called staphylococcus (STAF-il-oh-KOK-us). Bacitracin injection is used in infants to treat pneumonia. It is also used to treat an infection that causes pus to build up between the lungs and the membrane that covers them. Bacitracin...

bacitracin topical
Bacitracin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria. Bacitracin topical (for the skin) is used to prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Bacitracin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

bacitracin ophthalmic
Bacitracin is an antibiotic that kills bacteria. Bacitracin ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. Bacitracin ophthalmic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Female Genital Problems and Injuries
Briefly discusses causes of female genital problems and injuries, including pelvic pain, vulvar problems, rashes, and infections. Offers interactive tool to help decide when to seek care. Also offers home treatment tips.

Pregnancy: Stretch Marks, Itching, and Skin Changes
Stretch marks (striae gravidarum) are lines on the skin that may appear late in pregnancy. They look like slightly indented pink, red, dark, or white streaks, depending on your skin color. Stretch marks are most common on the belly, but they can...

Home Remedies for Bites and Stings
Home remedies may help to relieve the pain of an insect bite. While they haven't been proven scientifically, many people report relief. You can try one or more and see whether they help you. Apply calamine lotion, underarm deodorant, or witch hazel...

miconazole vaginal
Miconazole is an antifungal medication. It prevents fungus from growing. Miconazole vaginal is used to treat vaginal candida (yeast) infections. Miconazole vaginal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

miconazole topical
Miconazole topical is an antifungal medication. Miconazole topical prevents fungus from growing on your skin. Miconazole topical (for the skin) is used to treat skin infections such as athlete's foot, jock itch, ringworm, tinea versicolor (a fungus that discolors the skin), and yeast infections of the skin...

miconazole oral (buccal)
Miconazole is an antifungal medicine that fights infections caused by fungus. Miconazole buccal is a pill placed between your check and gum to treat candida (yeast) infections inside the mouth. Miconazole buccal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

bacitracin, hydrocortisone, neomycin, and polymyxin B (ophthalmic)
Bacitracin, hydrocortisone, neomycin, and polymyxin B ophthalmic ophthalmic (for the eyes) is a combination antibiotic and steroid medicine that is used to treat eye inflammation caused by uveitis, eye injury, radiation, chemical burns, or certain other conditions. This medicine is used when there is a risk of bacterial...