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.
I hope it's not bothering him too much!
That second to last one, where he's all shiny from the coconut oil *really* looks like it to me.
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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 ?
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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....
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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....
I would definitely try a naturopath.
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Looks like my daughters Roseola rash. This generally comes a week after the virus.
See, I was wondering if it could be that. (hoping really) It's just so odd that it's on his legs instead of his torso.
I'm going to give it a couple more days to see what happens....
So it's not oozy or seaping or anything like that. Wouldn't poison ivy do that? (please forgive my ignorance!!)
I have had the best luck with Cortizone creams, but if it's in a high contact area, I end up applying about 10 times a day.
Jewel Weed Tincture - which my midwife gave me while I was pregnant. I used it topically. I gave some to my dad about a week later and for both of us it was cleared up by day 3 of use. You can use this on bug bites or other itchy rashes too. You can also ingest it, though I don't remember how much my MW suggested for it. And she mentioned that if I had taken it orally, that I would become "immune" to poision ivy. I managed NOT to get it this year though, so I won't be able to test that until next year.
I'm not sure what you looked at in the drug store, but there is another good product called "Technu" which you can use both immediatly after contact, or after the rash has developed. Use it as a soap. Rinse the area, rub the technu on it for about 2 minutes, and rinse off. Careful not to scratch. They also have a itch relief product but I can't remember the name of it.I got it in a 2 pack (technu wash and the topical stuff)
I hope your Ped has called you back!
Ped did call back and said to just keep wathcing it and suggested cortisone cream.
I gave him 3 oatmeal baths today and kept Calimine lotion on it. Although it is still spreading, it's looking a bit less angry.
I have a sample of the jewelweed on the way!!
Anyway it eventually went away and didn't come back. I wouldn't freak out about it if she has no other symptoms that would indicate a larger problem. Sometimes kids just get mysterious little illnesses and their bodies take care of it on their own.
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I agree with you that it's probably not viral - it should've started on his torso, or at least spread there by now!
ETA - I agree with Laura in the post above mine that kids get odd things every now and then. I find the less intervention, usually the better. My ds is 2 1/2 and had two or three rashes last winter (I think they were all viral). I finally took him to the doc (D.O.) after the last one just to make sure it wasn't anythink I should worry about. That time it was roseola...
I had impitego, it was more crusty and yellow/pussy, (sorry, TMI I know).
I am not a doctor, but I *believe* mennengococcol (sp?) is more bruised looking.
It's interesting that it seems to be a ring around his leg, was this by chance a cuff of a pair of shorts or can you think of anything that came in contact with that area of his leg?
This website goes through a number of questions/diagnosis about rashes, but I couldn't find one that fit your little guy. http://familydoctor.org/545.xml.
This is another good site I like: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/e...cle/003220.htm. You can find "rash" under "R". From what I've read and the pics, it really seems like poison ivy/oak/sumac. I sometimes give antihistamine (children's Benadryl) for allergic reactions. It can apparently calm the itch if it is an allergic reaction of some sort. I hate giving medication, but if your child needs sleep, it can help.
Skin rashes can also be as a result of an allergic reaction to medication - did he take medication when he was sick?
Good luck mamma, keep us posted!
He took Motrin a few times when he was sick, but nothing else.
I took him back to the ped today because he woke up with a small petechiae are (about the size of a quarter).
Doc still thinks it's nothing to worry about and will go away on it's own.
He said that since DS isn't scratching, he doesn't think it's poison ivy or an allergic reaction.
I told him that DS woke up and asked me to take his pants off last night. That I've never seen him scratch ANYTHING, even bug bites, so he's not one to scratch.
I just don't know.
It has spread to his underarm, belly and calves on both legs.