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Spot under armpit - big, red, inflamed

(11 Posts)
YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sat 27-Jul-13 21:05:46

Any ideas?

My 4 year old DS has one spot under his arm. It looked like a bite at first (noticed it Tuesday night) but has got redder and looks very sore. Have been waiting to see if any more develop, but so far nothing.

Is it just a zit, or should I be worried?

minmooch Sat 27-Jul-13 21:17:49

Could be the start of chicken pox so keep an eye out for more.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sat 27-Jul-13 21:22:50

It does look like the pox but he has had it - can he get it twice?

it could also be the start of shingles if he gets more in the same area

watchingout Sat 27-Jul-13 21:25:44

Have you checked out molluscum?

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sat 27-Jul-13 21:50:12

I am crossing my fingers it is not molluscum. It is bigger than I thought molluscum would be, and there is only one.

We had been swimming the day before I spotted it. How quickly does molluscum come up?

molluscum tends to start small and then grow bigger before spreading. They are normally skin coloured too and look a bit like warts.

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sat 27-Jul-13 22:01:50

This started out red -like a bite - and is now red with a whitish head.

Docs on Monday...

goldenlula Sun 28-Jul-13 00:51:45

It could be a blocked sweat gland that has become infected.

minmooch Sun 28-Jul-13 10:16:37

Let your GP/receptionist know that you are concerned it could be chicken pox or shingles. They can then take measures to protect any immuno suppressed patients in the waiting room (my child has cancer and the times I have had a phone call after a visit to GP or hospital to say there was a case of chicken pox or shingles in the waiting room - both of which could be devastating for my son).

YoureAllABunchOfBastards Sun 28-Jul-13 14:44:27

Good point, Min - when he had impetigo, we waited in a isolation room.

Still just the one spot. Maybe it is a bite and I will look stupid for going.

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