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Acute skin problems in children

Acute skin problems in children

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Time to Complete

1 hour


October 2, 2017


April 6, 2018

Programme Description

Dr Catriona Maybury and Dr Alya Abdul-Wahab review the diagnosis and management of common paediatric dermatology presentations needing urgent treatment. Key learning points for healthcare professionals include identifying viral and bacterial infections, classic causes of rash in childhood, and managing acute presentations of eczema.

Educational Objectives

After completing this activity, healthcare professionals should be better able to:
  • Identify staphylococcal scalded skin syndrome
  • Distinguish common causes of rash in childhood
  • Understand NICE guidance on management of suspected eczema herpeticum
  • Diagnose acute haemorrhagic oedema of infancy
  • Know when to refer patients with infantile haemangioma to a dermatologist
  • Readers' comments

    ‘A really useful reminder of some important dermatological emergencies that I have not come across in many years.'

    ‘Very informative.'

    ‘Useful revision of relatively uncommon skin presentations in children.'


    Activity authors
    Dr Catriona Maybury
    Dermatology registrar
    Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

    Dr Alya Abdul-Wahab
    Consultant dermatologist
    St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

    Test author
    MIMS Dermatology Editor


    This is a learning activity provided by MIMS Learning, featuring learning material and a test. Completing the test enables you to claim 1 learning credit (1 hour learning). This credit award is recommended by MIMS Learning based on completing the activity and reflecting on what you have learned. If you spend less time on the activity we recommend claiming fewer credits.

    Please proceed with the activity until you have successfully answered all the test questions and completed your evaluation. You will then receive your MIMS Learning CPD certificate, which will be added to your CPD organiser for access at any time and may be exported to the Clarity & RCGP Appraisal Toolkit for GPs.


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