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Help. Urgent. Is this chickenpox or just hives?

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Drinkandknowthings Thu 16-May-19 07:59:19

5 year old DD was complaining of being itchy last night. DH did pyjamas and said it was hives (he suffered a lot as a child). This morning she has loads and I’m wondering if it’s chickenpox. Oldest child so no experience of this!!

TapasForTwo Thu 16-May-19 08:00:00

Looks like CP to me.

DoneLikeAKipper Thu 16-May-19 08:15:35

How many spots does she have, have they increased/become redder since last night? That second post definitely looks like a blister unfortunately.

wildhairdontcare Thu 16-May-19 08:16:09

First pic hives/ second pic pox. Sorry.

DoneLikeAKipper Thu 16-May-19 08:16:48

Second picture, even

frugalkitty Thu 16-May-19 08:30:26

Hives are blotchy lumps rather than spits so I'd say chicken pox.

frugalkitty Thu 16-May-19 08:30:44

Spots, not spits! blush

CherryPavlova Thu 16-May-19 08:35:27

Doesn’t look like Hives at all.

Drinkandknowthings Thu 16-May-19 08:36:14

Feck! DH is adamant it’s hives (he had them really bad when he was young) but some of them look like blisters. I’ll keep her off today.

Mummaofmytribe Thu 16-May-19 08:40:49

OP: it's possible to have both. When my youngest had chicken pox he also broke out in hives. Hospital said he had an allergic reaction to the chicken pox virus and gave him an antihistamine injection.
I would get your little one checked as my DS ended up really poorly quite quickly until he had the injection

Singlenotsingle Thu 16-May-19 08:42:41

Chicken pox is rife atm.

QuantumWeatherButterfly Thu 16-May-19 08:47:09

DD often gets hives in response to another virus. So it's possible that CP has caused this in your DD.

However - neither of your photos look at all like hives. Hives are large, irregular patches, not round spots.

Seeline Thu 16-May-19 08:58:36

The other possibility might be bites? Has she been out and about outside, or could it be fleas or something? I and my son react to bites and often end up with a small blister in the middle of a bite.

How is she in herself? Both mine had snuffly noses immediately prior to going down with the pox, and had temperatures for several days when it first started. One was only under the weather for a few days, the other was obviously very poorly for about a week.

picklemepopcorn Thu 16-May-19 08:59:38

Beautiful hair and eyelashes.

The pattern the spots make is part of CP. does she have any on her back?

The one which looks like the top has been scratched off is a bit indeterminate.

Has she had antihistamine yet?

Drinkandknowthings Thu 16-May-19 09:05:38

This is her back. She has spent the last 2 evenings in the garden with DH so I was wondering about bites but no one else has bites (including my 2 year old).

She’s fine in herself. Maybe a tiny bit under the weather after school yesterday but she perked up in the evening.

Seeline Thu 16-May-19 09:08:00

I think everyone gets bitten, but only certain people react to them and so it obvious that they have been bitten. In my family DS and I end up looking like we have the plague, while DH and DD are completely untouched.

Have you given her any antihistamine?

ReganSomerset Thu 16-May-19 09:09:13

Yeah, looks like pox. It is pox season too. My DD has it currently.

Drinkandknowthings Thu 16-May-19 09:10:38

When people mention antihistamine like piriton? She’s 6 in August so I could give her half a tablet? Or a special kids one?

picklemepopcorn Thu 16-May-19 09:10:51

At the moment I'd say bites, but you'll know when they spread.

You tend to notice one or two, then a few hours later there'll be twenty.

I wouldn't say hives. Mine tended to be irregular lumpy red blotches.

PoohBearsHole Thu 16-May-19 09:10:58

Do you have pets?

Could it be fieas? (Voice if experience 🙄)

picklemepopcorn Thu 16-May-19 09:11:29

Piriton. Check with pharmacist for the dose. You can ring and ask.

DoneLikeAKipper Thu 16-May-19 09:18:48

Or a special kids one?

It comes in syrup form for kids.

Seeline Thu 16-May-19 09:22:03

Yes - piriton syrup.

Drinkandknowthings Thu 16-May-19 09:28:42

I do have a dog but he’s in the clear. Plus he sleeps on my bed so I’d be covered too if it was fleas.

Drinkandknowthings Thu 16-May-19 09:30:03

Can I just say a huge thank you to everyone for responding. It’s not always easy being a mom and figuring this stuff out!

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