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Skin Infections & Rashes

Paronychia

Paronychia is an infection of the skin around a fingernail or toenail. Most of the time, it's not serious and can be treated at home. Learn what causes it, what to do, and how to prevent it.

Pilonidal Cyst

A pilonidal cyst is a fluid-filled sac under the skin in the just above the buttocks.

Pityriasis Rosea

This harmless rash often forms a telltale "Christmas tree" pattern on the back that makes it easy to identify.

Pityriasis Versicolor

Pityriasis versicolor is a rash caused by a fungus. It can appear over the chest, shoulders, and back, and is a common cause of skin rashes in teens.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever

Rocky Mountain spotted fever is an infection spread by ticks. Find out more about it - including how to prevent it.

Roseola

Roseola is a viral illness that usually affects kids between 6 months and 3 years old. Learn its signs and symptoms when to call the doctor.

Rubella (German Measles)

Rubella infection, or German measles, usually is a mild disease in kids that can be prevented with vaccination. Its primary medical danger is to pregnant women because it can affect developing babies.

Scabies

Scabies is an infestation that affects the skin, and is caused by a mite that burrows into the top layer of skin. It causes itching and bumps or blisters.

Scarlet Fever

Scarlet fever is an illness caused by a strep infection. It causes a red, bumpy rash that spreads over most of the body, and is treated with antibiotics.

Toxic Shock Syndrome

Toxic shock syndrome is a serious but uncommon bacterial infection. TSS is a medical emergency - symptoms include sudden high fever, a faint feeling, diarrhea, headache, and muscle aches.