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`pin prick` rash with no fever

03/22/2004

Question:

My 9 month old has a rash which started on her stomach a couple of days ago and has gradually over 24 hours progressed to all over her body (including face). It looks like lots of seperate tiny pin pricks and doesn`t seem to itch or bother her, she has no fever and is pretty happy and cheerful, she hasn`t been exposed to any new foods or soaps etc. any thoughts? thanks

Answer:

Rashes are some of the most difficult things to diagnose without a picture or being able to see the patient in person. What I can tell you is that a rash without a fever that does not appear to affect the child is most likely harmless, and likely to resolve on its own. I would suggest that you have your child seen by your primary care provider to get a more informed diagnosis.

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Response by:

Michael Spigarelli, MD, PhD
Formerly, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati