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Erythema toxicum (newborn rash)

Erythema toxicum (newborn rash)


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What it is

This common, splotchy rash affects at least 50 percent of normal newborns. It typically shows up two to five days after birth.

Erythema toxicum is not contagious.

See what erythema toxicum looks like in our visual guide to children's rashes and skin conditions.

Also called: Newborn rash, E. tox, erythema toxicum neonatorum (ETN)

Signs and symptoms

Look for a rash of small, yellow or white bumps surrounded by red skin anywhere on your baby's body except the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet. The bumps may show up in one area and then quickly move to another area.

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What causes erythema toxicum?

The cause is unknown.

Treatment of erythema toxicum

No treatment is needed. Erythema toxicum usually goes away on its own within a couple of weeks, with all symptoms completely gone by the time the baby is 1 to 4 months old.

Learn more

  • Medline Plus Encyclopedia - Erythema toxicum

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