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Red lacy rash on face and limbs, hot to touch

(11 Posts)
Hulababy Fri 24-Jul-09 08:51:18

Any ideas?

A week ago 7y DD has a red rash on her face. It started like little flat spots which joined up to make a lacy pattern, and then went red. It then moved onto her arms and legs, but didn't affect anywhere else. It wasn't particularly itchy and it didn't make her ill. It made her cheeks hot to touch. Piriton didn't make it go. The rash on her arms particularly looked like the measles rash, although obviously not that.

I did wonder about suncream as she does react to some, but it wasn't itchy like then. And it was also a suncream we have used before lots. We hadn't used new creams or wash powders, etc.

It went from her arms after a few days, last place to go.

However, since then it has returned occasionally, mainly on her arms but also yesterday on her face and legs, again warm to touch on her face. No illness though and nothing new used or eaten. It isn't itchy either. Looks when she gets hot.

Had a bit of a diagnosis attempt with Katz and her fab spot book, and considered Slapped Cheek - although not until it was too late to stop her going out and about. Never considered that before. However it keeps returning.

Any ideas what it could be?

sassy Fri 24-Jul-09 08:57:18

Dd had slapped cheek- took about 4 days to go down enough to look near normal.

Ledodgy Fri 24-Jul-09 09:00:21

Slapped cheek for deffo imo. The rash can keep returning for a while when they get hot etc.

Ledodgy Fri 24-Jul-09 09:01:18

C&P from NS website:

The rash can take between 1-3 weeks to clear and during this time it may appear to fade or get worse. It may also recur some time later if you have had increased exposure to sunlight or heat.

LIZS Fri 24-Jul-09 09:06:04

I'd agree with slapped cheek, lacy rash is quite typical and iirc ds' did come and go for a while.

Hulababy Fri 24-Jul-09 09:09:34

Thanks all; seems it was that then.

So, my googling says she is no longer infectious as the rash has come out, and the infectious period if 4-20 days before the rash appears. Can anyone confirm that? My SIL is coming for the weekend, hence me suddenly thinking of this, and she is pregnant.

Ledodgy Fri 24-Jul-09 09:10:50

Yes only infectious before the rash comes out iirc.

Hulababy Fri 24-Jul-09 09:11:14

And I guess as it is two weeks ago when it started, she'd have been infectious whilst at school (she finished 2 weeks ago today, and the rash came out a couple of days after). But as school is closed there isn't much I can do about it.

sassy Fri 24-Jul-09 09:13:29

Sounds ok to me - but nursery wanted dd kept away until the rash had more or less gone. Not sure why.

Hulababy Sat 25-Jul-09 23:16:14

I think I have it now. Had bright red rash on face from yesterday morning and now on arms.

scienceteacher Sat 25-Jul-09 23:18:44

Sounds live Fifth's disease/slapped cheek.

When my DD had this, the only symptom was the lacy red rash, which came and went over 2-3 months. None of the rest of the family (four siblings and two parents) were affected.

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