an innocuous, self-limited rash of unknown cause that affects neonates; consists of papules, vesicles, and pustules on a pink base, and occurs on the trunk, face, and extremities.
a common skin condition of neonates characterized by a pink papular rash frequently superimposed with vesicles or pustules. The rash appears within 24 to 48 hours after birth and disappears spontaneously after several days. A smear of the papules that reveals the presence of eosinophils rather than neutrophils differentiates the condition from neonatal pustular melanosis. Also called toxic erythema of the newborn.
er·y·the·ma tox·i·cum(er'i-thē'mă tok'si-kŭm)
Flushing of the skin due to allergic reaction to some toxic substance.