What is impetigo?

Impetigo is a highly contagious skin infection that happens when staph or strep bacteria enter the skin — through a cut or scrape, for example. It's most common among children between the ages of 2 and 6 years. Impetigo usually isn't dangerous, but it can be itchy and ugly. And complications — like more serious skin infections, scarring, and kidney inflammation — are possible, so it's important to treat impetigo promptly.

What are the symptoms for scabies?

If your baby gets scabies, he'll develop a severely itchy rash of scattered red bumps, usually between the fingers, around the wrists, and on the outside of the elbows, armpits, lower abdomen, and genitals. It may also show up on the kneecaps and the sides of the feet. Older children and adults don't tend to get the rash on their palms, soles, scalp, or face, but your baby might. You may see curvy or razor-thin red lines where the mites have burrowed under the skin. Your baby may also develop little pustule...

What is ringworm ?

Ringworm is a contagious fungal infection of the skin. It can be itchy and unpleasant, but it's not painful or dangerous. When the fungus affects the scalp, the condition is called tinea capitis, and when it affects the body it's tinea corporis. (By the way, athlete's foot is tinea pedis, and jock itch is tinea cruris — all are caused by fungi.) Ringworm shows up most commonly often in children over the age of 2age 2 and older , but it's possible for babies and adults to get it too.

My baby has scaly red patches on her skin that seem to be very itchy. What is this ugly rash?

It sounds like eczema (also called atopic dermatitis), a skin rash that often appears in the first year of life. Eczema usually shows up on a baby's forehead, cheeks, and scalp, but it can spread to the arms, legs, chest, or other parts of the body. Your baby's rash might look like dry, thickened, scaly skin, or it might be made up of tiny red bumps that can blister, ooze, or become infected if scratched. Eczema isn't contagious, but because it's intensely itchy, scratching can be a problem.

Eczema as risk factor of itching symptom

Itchy rash usually on cheeks or chin, but may show up on the head, trunk, back of arms, or front of legs, but usually not in diaper area; dry, thickened patches of scaly skin or sometimes tiny red bumps that may ooze; patches may be symmetrical. Most common in families with history of allergies or asthma.