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#1 of 2 Old 08-11-2008, 01:08 PM - Thread Starter
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Our younger foster son had this weird boil like thing on his leg when he arrived. It's in a bit of a werid spot, and I didn't notice it until day two, at which point, I slathered it in tea tree/calendula salve, and put a bandaid on it. The bandaid gets removed everynight before getting in the tub, I wash the thing, and then I put a fresh bandaid on it. I've been using honey over the past few days instead of salve. It isn't getting any better. In fact, I'd say it's worse. It looks really nasty, actually. Red and weepy, dry around the edges, and I think if I wasn't keeping it covered, it would have a patchy scab over it (that's how it was when I first found it). It's been two weeks now...
I googled and looked up impetigo in my medical dictionary, and it really does *look* like that's what it is. But, it doesn't itch him, or hurt, and though the lesion itself is getting bigger, he doesn't have any matching spots anywhere else. His brother has two weird spots on the back of his neck, but it doesn't look like the same thing to me.
What are the symptoms of impetigo? Are there any other markers?
The boys both go to daycare during the day, and both have a chronic cough/drippy nose, but the littlest seems to be much more affected. I'm giving echinacea and elderberry, but again, it doesn't feel like it's very effective. No idea if this is related, or if it's just that they're a bit run down, so skin is taking longer to heal? I'm going to be honest and say that the impetigo idea scares me just a bit because of the contagion issues.

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Definitely have it checked out by a medical professional and nippd in the bud! Impetigo or any staph is really contagious and a bear to get rid of if you let it go.

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