Camp Rash

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  • Specializes in med/surg & geriatrics.

My daughter returned home from camp with a small rash on her stomach & back. Both spots are about the size of a half-dollar, but she says that neither of the spots itch. She hasn't had any symptoms from them, but they won't go away. Any suggestions on what this could be?:confused:

CoffeeRTC, BSN, RN

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could be lots of things. Did she swim in a lake, pond or stream? I remember camping years ago and would always get a rash. We lived in the water and wet bathing suits. Just a thought

Just Angi

139 Posts

Specializes in med/surg & geriatrics.

She did swim in the lake, but the rash isn't red or pink like the "heat rash" she usually gets. It looks like little discolored spots. The spots are small but clustered. The skin is raised a little, but she says it doesn't itch . I just can't figure out what it could be.


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It sound similar to somthing I got as a kid. The spots are kind-of light brownish, slightly raised. Starts in a small area, then spreads - no itching or pain. The first year it happened, we went to a dermatologist. He said that it was a mild fungal infection - related to candida. It hits when the skin is moister than usual - or if the skin ph is off. I notice that it will affect me if I eat a lot of sugar. It's like a little yeast infection on the skin. Easy enough to clear up, too.

Check with your doctor or NP to be sure, though.

best luck,



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Just Angi

139 Posts

Specializes in med/surg & geriatrics.

It hasn't spread any, that's the part that has me so confused.


239 Posts

Last summer at the lake my son got an area about the size of a quarter on his thigh that was a little red and had raised spots in it. It got larger and turned lighter in the center, so I started wondering if this was the infamous bull's-eye rash. When I took him to the doctor, he said it was folliculitis--an inflammation of the hair follicles and gave us some elidel (I think it was) to put on it. That cleared it up pretty quickly--or else it cleared up coincidentally.


Just Angi

139 Posts

Specializes in med/surg & geriatrics.

Thanks Luci. That is something to look into.

boggle, ASN, RN

393 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg.

Any chance it could be ringworm? I remember seeing it years ago...a circular patch, red rash. Resolved quickly with meds.

Just Angi

139 Posts

Specializes in med/surg & geriatrics.

Just to let everyone know- I made my daughter a Dr. appt.-- The dang thing is GONE! I called and canceled the appt. Dr. said it must have been a skin reaction.---Duh!!--- I guess so. :) Anyway-Thanks all!

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