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Papules, Scales, Plaques and Eruptions

Picture of Erythema Toxicum Neonatorum Eruption

Picture of Erythema Toxicum Neonatorum

Toxicum neonatorum is a common skin eruption in newborns. This photo depicts a severe case of the condition. While toxicum neonatorum is a benign condition, a severe case must be differentiated from other more serious infections such as neonatal herpex simplex. Upon microscopic examination, toxicum neonatorum contains many eosinophils, but bacteria and multinucleated giant cells are not present. It tends to resolve without treatment within 10 days.

Image Source: Color Atlas of Pediatric Dermatology Samuel Weinberg, Neil S. Prose, Leonard Kristal Copyright 2008, 1998, 1990, 1975, by the McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc. All rights reserved.

Text Reference: American Family Physician, vol. 77, 2008: "Newborn Skin: Part I. Common Rashes"