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14 m/o hands and fingers randomly swell, turn red, painful

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What would cause my 14 month old hands and fingers to randomly swell, turn red, and be painful? she has had a fever for almost a week and no appitite

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replied March 27th, 2015
Kids Health and Pediatrics Answer A51591
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

It could be due to an allergic reaction or a viral exanthema. It would have been helpful if you could have uploaded some photos of the rash stricken areas, though you should go to a pediatric emergency near you to rule out any acute anaphylaxis and other serious causes like septicemia especially if the rash is associated with shortness of breath or is rapidly progressing to other parts of the body.

wishing you best of health


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