Emily Rose, MD, FACEP, FAAP, wants emergency physicians to trust their instincts when it comes to pediatric rashes, because most of the time a common rash is just that.
“What I’m specifically wanting to focus on is the atypical presentations of very common things,” said Dr. Rose, assistant professor of clinical emergency medicine at Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and the Keck Medical Center of USC, both in Los Angeles. “In all my years of practice, what I consistently see people getting thrown off by is basically a rash that’s pretty common, but isn’t recognized as a common rash. Physicians often think it’s something much more rare or a sign of something that’s concerning.”
Dr. Rose, who has completed a pediatric fellowship, said that children can intimidate some emergency physicians, even though rarely a shift goes by without a rash presenting in the emergency department.