Mandy Moore Reveals Son Gus Has Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome as She Posts Pics of His’Crazy Rash’

Actress Mandi Moore is openly discussing her concerns about her son’s health. The 39-year-old actress revealed on Friday in her Instagram story that her 2-year-old son has been struggling with a strange rash for almost a week.

Mandy Moore Reveals Son Gus Has Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome as She Posts Pics of His'Crazy Rash'
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Moore, who is nine months pregnant with her husband Taylor Goldsmith, shared a picture of herself enjoying a lollipop after her eldest son’s doctor’s appointment. She wrote, “On Saturday morning, this adorable boy woke up with a weird rash. We thought maybe it was an eczema flare-up? Poison oak? Allergy? We tried everything to figure out what it could be and to help him with the itchiness.” She continued, “Immediate care visit. Hair specialist. Skin specialist. Hair and skin specialist. All the while, he smiles and laughs and rocks his day like a rockstar.”

Moore continued to share a picture of the relevant rash, which was fully covered on the child’s legs. She wrote about the rare skin condition, “Turns out, it’s a viral childhood rash called Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome. It sometimes comes with a cold but not in Gus’s case,” she wrote, referring to the name of her son Mandy Moore Reveals Son Gus Has Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome as She Posts Pics of His’Crazy Rash.

She wrote, “It’s on his legs and thighs (ouch) and nowhere else. ” “We don’t have to do anything except for steroid cream and Benadryl at night. And it can last 6-8 weeks. Oof. Has anyone else ever experienced this?”

Mandy Moore Reveals Son Gus Has Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome as She Posts Pics of His'Crazy Rash'
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Moore ended her post with a playful picture of Gus playing outside, saying, “All that being said, this parenting thing is weird and hard, and sometimes you feel very helpless (and yes, I’m always so grateful that it’s just an itchy skin condition)!”

What is Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome?
Dr. Sherry Lipner is an associate professor of clinical dermatology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. She explained, “This typically happens either with a viral illness or after vaccination, and it can come with almost any virus, like Epstein-Barr virus or hepatitis B, and it can be seen after vaccination for pertussis, among other rare diseases.”

“It presents with these firm bumps that typically appear on the face, buttocks, hands, and feet,” she continued, adding that it can be rare to see it on the scalp or the chest. “It can itch, but the good news is that it doesn’t scar.”

How long do the rashes last?
According to Lipner, the rashes associated with Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome usually last from one to ten days, but in rare cases, they can persist for months.

“There is no directed therapy,” she said, adding that keeping the virus causing the rash away is the best course of action. “As soon as the virus clears, the rash will also resolve, but it can be uncomfortable with itching, which can be frustrating. So, we typically recommend moisturizers for itching, and if they are thick, they’re better, so creams and ointments are better than lotions.”

When should you see a doctor?
Lipner said, “I think it’s probably difficult for people to self-diagnose this rash.” “Say, it’s not as common as eczema in children, and so if your child is affected by something that you suspect might be Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome, there are certainly other rashes that can look similar, and I encourage people to see a board-certified dermatologist who can diagnose the condition and provide treatment.”

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