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My little guy (nearly 17 months) has developed peeling skin around his toes and fingers (the tips and around the nails). It doesn't seem to bother him but I can't help but notice it and wonder about the cause.<br><br>
Any ideas out there?<br><br>
He is in water a lot (daily beach trips, evening jacuzzi or bath, etc.) but certainly not enough, I think, to cause this. It's been going on for a couple weeks now. No redness, no pain, just peeling skin.<br><br>
Just wondering.<br><br>
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Not to freak you out, but it could be hand and mouth disease. It doesn't usually cause redness or itching until its REALLY advanced--just peeling skin in those areas... Its very contagious, so he could have picked it up any where really...
 

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yes, the beach's water is salty but the jacuzzi has no chlorine.<br><br>
Hand and mouth disease? Wouldn't I have it by now too?<br><br>
Hmmm.
 

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Could it be a vaccine reaction? I think I've heard of that as a symptom.
 

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No recent vaccinations....the mystery continues.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:
 

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Sounds to me more like a habit kind of thing -- like chewing nails. I know people who pick & pull & bite the skin around their nails.
 

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My ds has peeling skin on his fingers, toes and bottom of his feet. He has eczema also in the creases of his ankles and wrists. This could be a food allergy or sensitvity- my ds's gets worse when he or I (he is nursing) eat certain foods.
 

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Well I'm a nail biter but I don't think DS has picked it up from me...yet. (Another bad habit I<br>
need to be cured of...sigh.)<br><br>
But maybe it is an allergy though I don't think his/our (I'm still nursing) diet has changed that much.<br><br>
But I'll review what we're eating and see if there are some likely suspects lurking in the fridge or pantry.<br><br>
And like MamaMonica's little one, my guy now has a peeling heel.<br><br>
Hmmm.<br><br>
Thanks for all the input.
 

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DS had a similar thing happen. His skin was peeling off in sheets.(fingers and toes) They treated it as eczema (tar bath and lotion). When that did no good a dermatologist as a last ditch before suggesting a possibly toxic to the kidneys medicine said he has read of a odd reaction to strep causing a similar thing. No he hadn't been ill, no fever etc. A short blood test later revealed he did have strep. A cours of simple anibiotics "cured" him.
 

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wow - I never thought of strep.<br><br>
the little guy has been healthy healthy healthy (and hasn't been taking any kind of medication for anything) but you never know I guess. Another possible cause to consider. Thanks.<br><br>
DH (king of Atheletes' Feet) has already rejected that one - but good try.<br><br>
I'll keep you all posted. perhaps we'll have to visit the ped after all. sigh.<br><br><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hippie.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hippie">
 
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