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Updated pics, toddler rash getting worse...PLEASE help!!

post #1 of 60
Thread Starter 
So DS's rash is getting worse and spreading. The doc said he thinks it's just the after effects of a virus he had last week, but I'm sceptical.

The last 2 pics are from today. You can see how much worse it's gotten in just days.
(I had just slathered him in coconut before taking the pics today, that's why he's all shiney) It is itchy and red and raised and rough. It started as small red bumps over 2 weeks ago.

Any ideas?

http://public.fotki.com/NeedSleep/jakes_rash/
post #2 of 60
I have no ideas. But here's a bump for ya.
post #3 of 60
That's what I look like when I get poision ivy. I've gotten it from direct contact, my dh, and my cat. So, I'd suggest jewel weed tincture which you can use topically (I used it while pregnant after my mw gave it to me)

((hugs))
post #4 of 60
Does it blanch (turn white) when you press on it? If not, you need to take him to the ER right away as it might be meningococcal related, although he has had it for a while now... Either way, you should have it looked at since it's not getting better. It sure looks a lot like my babe's diaper rashes, though. I'd put triple paste on it.

I hope it's not bothering him too much!
post #5 of 60
That *really* looks like poison ivy to me. You said it's itchy, right? Perhaps he keeps brushing up against it, the oil from the plant can remain on things for a while, like if he got it on his carseat, shoes, etc. Mine starts out as a couple of bumps & continues to pop up for a week or so in different places. I don't think I keep getting reinfected, I think it just takes a while for it to pop up in different areas of the body.

That second to last one, where he's all shiny from the coconut oil *really* looks like it to me.
post #6 of 60
Thread Starter 
Hmmm..... wouldn't the doctor have recognized it as poison ivy? I took him Thursday (the first set of pics)

I've never had poison ivy, so I no idea what it looks like.

I called teh doc yesterday and told him it's getting worse, but he said to just continue watching it, that he thinks it's viral.

What would you do?? What would you put on it?? Where can I get jewel weed ?
post #7 of 60
They can miss Anything. I had chicken pox when I was 16 and the dr. misdiagnosed it.

Is there anyway you can email your dr. the latest pics?
post #8 of 60
Thread Starter 
I'm gonna call him in the morning and ask about emailing him a picture.
post #9 of 60
My first thought was poison ivy as well. Oatmeal baths feel really good on that. And I second the fact that the oils can stay on things (cats, clothes, etc.) for ages, and I'll also add that I'm not convinced that the seepage from the bumps can't spread the rash. Just my 2 cents. I just found poison ivy in my sister's front flower bed amidst her ground cover, right next to her front door. It's becoming a huge problem in some areas for some reason. And it's rather a nuisance plant (hard to get rid of). Good luck finding the source of his rash, and getting it cleared up.
post #10 of 60
Thread Starter 
I guess I don't know if it's itchy. He grabs at it when he wakes up, but that's it.

(He's 2 btw) He's never been one to scratch at bug bites though, so I have no idea of it's itchy.
post #11 of 60
Looks like poison ivy to me. At least, that's what mine used to look like.
post #12 of 60
I think I would insist on a culture to see what it is.
post #13 of 60
Thread Starter 
Well I'm now certain it's bothering him. He can't sleep ata ll tonight, been tossing and turning and slapping at his legs.

Guess the poor fella just hasn't learned to scratch yet. Guess that's a good thing really...

Gonna give him an oatmeal bath first thing tomorrow and then ork on drying this up instead of oiling it up as I have been.

Ugh, I'm so frustrated that I had no idea this could be poison ivy. I was making it crazy worse putting oils on it....
post #14 of 60
I don't know anything about poison ivy...but my nephew had a bad diaper rash like that and we followed grandpa's advise and put "Nupercainal" on it. I found it at Walgreens with the preperation-h, etc. It said not to use on kids under 2 but we didn't see that till after...anyway it seemed to give him releaf right away, then it cleared up within a day-day 1/2.
There's my 2 pennies!
Good Luck!
post #15 of 60
Thread Starter 
So it's not oozy or seaping or anything like that. Wouldn't poison ivy do that? (please forgive my ignorance!!)
post #16 of 60
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Originally Posted by Still_Learning View Post
So it's not oozy or seaping or anything like that. Wouldn't poison ivy do that? (please forgive my ignorance!!)
Maybe, maybe not. Usually seeping occurs when blisters form on top of blisters. Any luck getting ahold of his ped?
post #17 of 60
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Originally Posted by Mama Rana View Post
Maybe, maybe not. Usually seeping occurs when blisters form on top of blisters. Any luck getting ahold of his ped?

Not yet, left him a message, you know how that goes, he'll call me about 5pm....
post #18 of 60
How bout impetigo? My dd has a rash JUST like that and that is what the DR dx it as. We had to use antibiotics to clear it up... but now its back. The Dr thinks dd harbours the basteria in her nose or on her bum. It started as poison Ivy and then went on to become impetigo.
post #19 of 60
Thread Starter 
Doc says I can bring him back in if I want, but he really feels it's viral.

That just doesn't make sense to me....viral rashes strat on your torso,this is on his legs. Plus, it's getting worse 2 weeks after he had the virus.

I just don't know.

I almost bout some poison ivy stuff for 40 bucks, but it said not recommended for rashes that weren't poison ivy, so I decided to wait...

I'm gonna try and take him to a naturopath and see what he says....
post #20 of 60
Could it be scarlet fever? That is a rash on the torso and can spread to the legs. Seems like that can sometimes come on after a cold (virus). I had it once when I was in high school, but I can't remember the details of it.

I would definitely try a naturopath.
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