A common mistake is to be too cautious about topical steroids. Some parents undertreat their children's eczema because of an unfounded fear of topical steroids. They may not apply the steroid as often as prescribed, or at the strength needed to clear the flare-up. This may actually lead to using more steroid in the long term, as the inflamed skin may never completely clear. So, you may end up applying a topical steroid on and off (perhaps every few days) for quite some time. The child may be distressed or uncomfortable for this period if the inflammation does not clear properly. A flare-up is more likely to clear fully if topical steroids are used correctly.
Erythema infectiosum is also known as Fifth disease. Fifth disease is a common childhood infection causing a "slapped cheek" appearance and a rash. It most commonly affects young children and often occurs in several members of the family or school class. Thirty percent of infected individuals have no symptoms. The child is usually otherwise quite well, but occasionally has a slight fever and headache. The first sign is firm red cheeks, which feel burning hot. A rash follows 1 to 4 days later with a lace or network pattern on the limbs and then the trunk. Although most prominent in the first few days, the rash can persist at least intermittently for up to six weeks.
I’ve also worked hard since I was twelve (now I’m 48) and my hands and arms have huge veins sticking up if I’m not off work for a day or two. BP is fine though since I went from 162 lbs to 113 lbs in 5 months. But, the parts I work with have sharp flash (plastics factory) and I’ll get those red slashes that make some people think it’s an Aids thing. NO, hubby and I have been faithful to each other for 20 years, this is just thin skin that has gotten thinner. And today I got the scrape over one of the veins and bled like crazy even though it was the most miniscule of nicks. Had blood dripping and curling around my wrist, for heaven’s sake.