My 3 year old has had a red spot on his cheek near his mouth about the size of a dime for probably five days now and last night he started developing some similar redness just over his lips. He says it's not itchy, but I just looked up to see him scratching it a moment ago. He has had a bit of a cold and keeps rubbing snot on it, so that doesn't seem to be helping. lol But it's not weepy or scabby or blistery. Can it still be impetigo? It feels more like chapped skin, like dry but not scaly.
If it is impetigo, I'm scared of letting it go too long, like maybe it's harder to treat if left unattended, but I don't know where I got that idea. So I saw some posts here saying that dial soap and neosporin is standard treatment for impetigo and that Dr. Sears recommends something along those lines. I wonder if I should just start doing that now or wait a couple of days and see what happens. Does anyone have any experience or thoughts about it? Or know of something that would cause this kind of redness? The only reason I don't think it is straight up chapped skin is that it was this perfectly defined dime-sized spot, which doesn't seem typical of chapped skin to me.
eta a pic:
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/14054236@N02/7275972398/" title="Untitled by smileypomegranate, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8155/7275972398_e663fe63ab.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Untitled"></a>
Well, it didn't work, but you can see the pic if you click on the top part. It's a little redder in real life. Sorry about the yucky nose!
Edited by rubidoux - 5/26/12 at 5:06pm