Itch in a child: differential diagnosis

Common causes of itch in a child include scabies, atopic dermatitis chicken pox urticaria, hypersensitivity and mastocytosis. Scabies lesions are papular or papulovesicular. Furrows are pathognomonic. Atopic dermatitis presents with dry, scaling skin. Chickenpox is characterized by vesicles, fever, and a rapid course. Urticaria, particularly dermographism, starts abrupt. Hypersensitivity may present only with itch.


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