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Volume 33, Number 4
July/August 2007

Continuing Nursing Education
Accurately Diagnosing Commonly Misdiagnosed Circular Rashes
Debbie Popovich
Allison McAlhany

Rashes are common in the pediatric population yet can be quite problematic for nurse practitioners to diagnose. A thorough history and physical examination, along with some simple procedures, will aid in identifying these skin conditions. Four cases are presented, which may initially prove challenging to diagnose, and symptoms are categorically examined to arrive at the accurate diagnoses. Treatment guidelines, options, and the role of parental education and involvement also are discussed.