Alternate Names : Erythema toxicum neonatorum
Erythema toxicum is a common, noncancerous skin condition seen in newborns.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Erythema toxicum may appear in 50 percent or more of all normal newborn infants. It usually appears in term infants between the ages of 3 days and 2 weeks.
Its cause is unknown.
The condition may be present in the first few hours of life, generally appears after the first day, and may last for several days. Although the condition is harmless, it can be of great concern to the new parent.
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A newly born infant is also called a neonate.
Review Date : 11/2/2009
Reviewed By : Deirdre O�Reilly, MD, MPH, Neonatologist, Division of Newborn Medicine, Children�s Hospital Boston and Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts. Review Provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
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