Skin & Rashes Health Center

“What are those red (or white or brown) spots on my child?” “Why does poison ivy (or oak or sumac) make us itch?” “How do I get rid of ringworm?” These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the questions we all have about rashes. Rashes can give our kids (and us!) the itchy-scratchies and don’t always like to go away of their own accord. The one bit of information that seems to come easily is that rashes are no fun!

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Ringworm Look-Alikes

My son, Jerimie, is seven years old. Ever since he was two he has developed a skin condition that looks similar to ringworm. We have taken him to the doctor for a diagnosis and they have diagnosed him with ringworm. We treated the area with Lotrimin and the condition did not go away. The area is not red, simply raised bumpy skin in a circular form. It has not spread to anyone else. With time (2-3 months) the condition simply disappeared. At times it comes back in the same area for a month or two. The area does not itch or bother my son at all. I was simply curious as to what it might be.
Kyra McBrayer – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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Throughout childhood, chances are there will be at least a few times kids develop strange spots on their skin. We take an in-depth look into the cause and treatment of warts, chickenpox, ringworm and more.

Q&A Guides

Skin irritation can look like, and signify, a number of different conditions. Here are some ways to identify and treat what you see on your child’s skin.

Eczema & Psoriasis

Eczema and psoriasis are both inflammatory responses of the immune system that manifest in the skin. Often, altering a child’s diet can be the key to shifting that response. Here we explore common triggers and ways to manage outbreaks.


If acne is so commonly associated with the teenage years, why are babies susceptible to it? Learn what causes baby acne and other common skin conditions in young children.

Birth Marks

Sometimes skin conditions arise that are not rashes, but an indication of pigmentation. Learn about different varieties of birthmarks, moles, pigmentation and what they mean.

Fungi, Warts, Bacteria

The joyful abandon with which children play is a delight to behold, but the flipside is that it can leave them vulnerable to infections of various kinds. Here you’ll find ways to treat warts and common fungus infections.

Hives & Rashes

Rashes can be hot, itchy and uncomfortable. Learn how to prevent and treat hives and rashes in order to keep your children happy and healthy.