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A good friend of mine has a son who is DS age, and they play together regularly. He has two red spots on his torso that look suspiciously like chicken pox. They started out as red bumps, then blistered, and were weeping for a day and then crusted over. He has had a runny nose, low grade fever and a cough as well. She didn't go to the doctor, so they are not confirmed chicken pox, but they really look like they could have been a very mild case to me.<br><br>
On Saturday, my son developed some red spots on his face that he has been scratching at. He doesn't have the runny nose, fever, or cough though. They haven't blistered yet, but look like they will. Here are some pics. Any thoughts?<br><br><a href="http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n186/paddlekat/IMG_7419.jpg" target="_blank">http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n...t/IMG_7419.jpg</a><br><a href="http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n186/paddlekat/IMG_7420.jpg" target="_blank">http://i112.photobucket.com/albums/n...t/IMG_7420.jpg</a><br><br>
ETA: He also has one on his hand in between his thumb and fingers. She does have some spiders in her house, but hasn't noticed any bites on her. Could they possibly be spider bites?
 

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Hard to say as it is now. For me I can only really tell chicken pox apart from other rashes by the blistering and crusting. Usually with CP the pox will be in different stages at the same time - like you'll have some just red, some blistered and some crusted all at the same time. I think you'll know better by tomorrow. I believe they would start blistering by then if they were going to.<br><br>
Hopefully whatever it is passes quickly and mildly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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That is what I am stressing about. I need to go to work tomorrow, and I don't want to bring him to school if he is potentially contagious, but then again if I keep him home for some spider bites, or whatever else it could be, then I feel kind of silly. I am a preschool teacher, so I could potentially find a sub, and as long as I do find one, it isn't held against me, but I desperately need the money.<br><br>
Sigh...
 

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Hmmm.... just went to check on him, and he has one more than in the pics from a few hours ago. He is up to 8 now and was at 7 in the pics.
 

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I'm having this exact conundrum with my almost 6 year old! She's at her dad's right now. She had 4 spots when she went, now she "has them all over her body" Sounds like CP to me!<br><br>
My DD's are more blistery than your son's though.
 

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I am so hoping they just blister overnight and he wakes up with more. I want it done and over with so I can move on. If it is CP, I am shocked that he caught it "wild". I intentionally exposed him this summer, and it was a really good exposure and he didn't get it. Plus my friend's son is about 3 days ahead of him and his started out looking like these and blistered. He had the cough and fever and runny nose though. I don't know about his because he doesn't have any other symptoms other than itchy spots.
 

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Ok, no blisters this morning, but he is vomiting. I have no clue what this is, but he is acting pretty normally this morning. He was sort of retching when he woke up this morning and then threw up everything that he had nursed. Poor kiddo.
 

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I would vote no from the pictures and your description.<br><br>
(As far as him being exposed, we had wild chicken pox over the summer & some of the kids who were intentionally exposed did NOT get it from being exposed to my kids (and they shared food & the whole deal, so they really 'should' have). Some kids were exposed several times as it went around in my crunchy circles here, and got it after a few exposures, or a few weeks after their sibling (when they had both been exposed at the same time!), and some kids were exposed repeatedly and NEVER got it.) Pox typically start on the head or neck area (both my kids started on the back of the neck) and looks like a zit which goes blistery and then crusty. There would be new ones popping up as the first ones were going to the next stage, so a bunch in different stages. FWIW, over the summer my one child had the pox, my other child had not gotten it (YET) and had some wicked misquito bites which looked so much like pox it was unbelievable. But they never spread past the first day (they appeared to be 'multiplying' when he was in the tub...?), and never developed the blistery pox thing, and sure enough they were bug bites and he came down with the pox a little later on.<br><br>
From your picks, the spots look a little too ''spread out'' to be pox. This is of course my own opinion, so take or leave it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
The throwing up could be a reaction to a bug (such as spider) bite. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, no blisters this morning, but he is vomiting. I have no clue what this is, but he is acting pretty normally this morning. He was sort of retching when he woke up this morning and then threw up everything that he had nursed. Poor kiddo.</div>
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I vomited when I had CP. Are the spots the same today? He sure is cute!
 

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CP can include vomiting. Are there more there today?<br><br>
I don't think they look like spider bites or rxns to spider bites.
 

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So, I took him to his ped today and she was completely stumped. She said they possibly *could* be pox, but not likely. She also said they looked a little like the sores that kids sometimes get with hand, foot and mouth disease, but he doesn't have anything on his soles or palms, or in his mouth. She also said that it could *possibly* be herpes (I get horrible cold sores), but again was unlikely. She said that the diarrhea yesterday vomiting today indicated a virus of some kind, but she had never heard of one that produced spots like that. None of them had blistered when we were there, so she said she couldn't even culture one without really scraping his skin off.<br><br>
Soooo.... I still have no idea what on earth it possibly could be. He hasn't vomited since this morning, and the spots look a bit smaller and he doesn't have any new ones, so I am going to send him to school in the morning and I am going back to work. Hopefully they will just fade away and nothing more will happen. I am hoping he does get pox though.<br><br>
There is a good chance my friend's son had them and he was with him all weekend, so I will wait and see on that one. I am not going to quarantine him, as her son's wasn't actually diagnosed, and he only had two blisters. She has to work all week this week and can't afford to take a day off to go have them confirmed and they have already crusted over, and no new ones, so he can go back to his school too.<br><br>
Such a frustrating conundrum.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">So, I took him to his ped today and she was completely stumped. She said they possibly *could* be pox, but not likely. She also said they looked a little like the sores that kids sometimes get with hand, foot and mouth disease, but he doesn't have anything on his soles or palms, or in his mouth. She also said that it could *possibly* be herpes (I get horrible cold sores), but again was unlikely. She said that the diarrhea yesterday vomiting today indicated a virus of some kind, but she had never heard of one that produced spots like that. None of them had blistered when we were there, so she said she couldn't even culture one without really scraping his skin off.<br><br>
Soooo.... I still have no idea what on earth it possibly could be. He hasn't vomited since this morning, and the spots look a bit smaller and he doesn't have any new ones, so I am going to send him to school in the morning and I am going back to work. Hopefully they will just fade away and nothing more will happen. I am hoping he does get pox though.<br><br>
There is a good chance my friend's son had them and he was with him all weekend, so I will wait and see on that one. I am not going to quarantine him, as her son's wasn't actually diagnosed, and he only had two blisters. She has to work all week this week and can't afford to take a day off to go have them confirmed and they have already crusted over, and no new ones, so he can go back to his school too.<br><br>
Such a frustrating conundrum.</div>
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Something that didn't occur to me last night when I responded to your post was that CP has an incubation period of 10 days. So your ds wouldn't be showing symptoms yet if he caught it from his friend over the weekend. Anyway, sending weird-spots-clear-up-soon-with-no-further-symptoms vibes your way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Something that didn't occur to me last night when I responded to your post was that CP has an incubation period of 10 days. So your ds wouldn't be showing symptoms yet if he caught it from his friend over the weekend. Anyway, sending weird-spots-clear-up-soon-with-no-further-symptoms vibes your way! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"></div>
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Yes, but they spend a LOT of time together, so there is a chance they were both exposed initially at the same time and he seemed to only be a day or two behind my friend's son. I figured if it was CP, then he was just incubating them for a couple of days longer than my friend's DS.<br><br>
Here's hoping they do clear up quickly, and that he *gets* CP. Although he just fell and split the inside of cheek WIDE OPEN. Not a good weekend/Monday for us at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Yes, but they spend a LOT of time together, so there is a chance they were both exposed initially at the same time and he seemed to only be a day or two behind my friend's son. I figured if it was CP, then he was just incubating them for a couple of days longer than my friend's DS.<br><br>
Here's hoping they do clear up quickly, and that he *gets* CP. Although he just fell and split the inside of cheek WIDE OPEN. Not a good weekend/Monday for us at all. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"></div>
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Oh geez, not a good few days at all. Here are some hugs. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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The incubation for pox can be up to 3 weeks (21 days). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
OP, any update??
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">The incubation for pox can be up to 3 weeks (21 days). <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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oh yeah, i had forgotten. when my dh got cp years ago we were worried about dd (then a pretty young baby) getting it and i remember i made a "pox watch" countdown for 21 days, lol.
 

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Well, still no blisters on his spots, and they have gone down significantly. He did get sent home from school today because "there were more, they were blistering, and they looked bigger and more red", but when I went to go pick him up, there were the exact same number, they were smaller, and absolutely not blistered in any way. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">: I understand that they are worried because the doctor said she didn't know what they were, but she said he was not contagious and could go to school as long as they were not blistering, and as long as there were no more appearing and he didn't vomit again.<br><br>
I guess we are on the 21 day countdown now. I won't know for sure about the chicken pox for his friend unless my son actually gets them, which is a little frustrating. I don't really know if I am in a waiting period or not.
 
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