Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.


Erythema Toxicum Overview

What is erythema toxicum?
Erythema toxicum is a common harmless rash that is seen in about half of all infants. The rash usually appears 1 to 2 days after birth and usually goes away by itself within a week. The cause for erythema toxicum is unknown as it does not appear to be an infection.

What are the symptoms of erythema toxicum?
Symptoms of erythema toxicum include a rash that is red and blotchy and tends to come and go. It is most often present on the face or trunk. Areas of redness are flat, but may cause area of yellow or white wheals on the skin that are raised and look like pustules. There are usually no other symptoms and the children otherwise appear well.

How does the doctor treat erythema toxicum?
The erythema toxicum rash is not contagious and does not require treatment.

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