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Spotty Rash around mouth - suggestions?

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jasperc163 Tue 16-Dec-08 19:06:21

DD (3) suffers from this intermittently and it appears to get worse in autumn and is now pretty constant. She has a pretty restricted diet (only small amounts of goats cheese, no cows milk) already and we can't tie it down to any particular food.

Any other ideas? and ways to treat in short term?

thanks alot

ChristmasDisco Tue 16-Dec-08 20:36:00

does she suck her thumb or the sleeves on her tops? DD1 and 2 had this problem and it was saliva.

Getthekettleon Tue 16-Dec-08 20:41:16

Could it be herpes? (cold sore type) My DD has this and it is like red rash around her mouth and chin. It comes out when she is ill and rundown?

weWITCHyouaGigglechristmas Tue 16-Dec-08 20:46:08

eczema? My dc are intolerant to cows milk and have goat milk etc all the time - are very prone to rashes esp in the cold. Starts as a red pin-prick thing and then spreads unless caught and controlled early.
Only thing you can say if it is eczema - that there are no two people who seem to agree on the best treatment, tis an individual thing. Vaseline works on one of my dc, E45 on another.

Perhaps also check if there's a licking habit going on - very common at this age?

jasperc163 Tue 16-Dec-08 20:46:42

thanks both. I am noticing her licking it alot but i dont know if she is doing that because its dry and sore or if the licking is causing it. It is an all year thing but now constant and i do remember it getting worse last autumn too which is odd.

When younger she did have mild eczema on insides of knees/elbows but no sign of that anymore, hence the confusion.

I dont think its herpes - i get cold sores so i know what it looks like. It is a dry red pimply eczema type rash.

ten10 Tue 16-Dec-08 20:46:55

My DS has something that sounds similar, and his is a saliva problem,
I put pure aloe vera gel on it and it seems to really help

sarsums Tue 16-Dec-08 20:47:32

My dd (2) has this problem too. We think it's mostly due to dribbling and the cold weather. We've used a combination of a barrier eg. vaseline to stop the skin getting wet, and then something like sudocream or diprobase to help clear up the rash.

I work with a bunch of health visitors, who thought it might be thrush. Haven't made it to the GP yet to get her opinion! Don't think it's due to any food allergy, and if it was I don't think it gives her enough discomfort to exclude foods from her diet.

EachPeachPearMum Tue 16-Dec-08 20:49:25

could be tomatos or oranges/satsumas?
The chemicals in them irritate my skin.
DD gets a rash like this in winter- seems to be purely from the cold! A slick of vaseline before we leave the house does the trick most of the time.

jasperc163 Tue 16-Dec-08 20:59:05

Sounds like it could possibly be saliva then?
She does have sensitive skin anyway (reacts to some creams etc). Can't be oranges as wont touch them and the nearest she gets to tomatoes is baked beans! (nightmare eater).

Thrush theory interesting - will look into it. Would it not show inside mouth too?

weWITCHyouaGigglechristmas Wed 17-Dec-08 00:34:14

wandered back in at silly o'clock, but anyway...
yes DD recently had thrush (prob down to use of brown inhalers) and she had a white patch inside her cheek, which she complained was sore.

sorry my grammar has gone too, that doesn't look right but I can't for the life of me word it properly blush

jasperc163 Wed 17-Dec-08 17:30:00

Anyone tried SOS cream? Am reluctant to shell out yet again as DD seems to react to many 'natural' creams (incl Hopes Relief which made her bright red in minutes) but have read some good things about it. To date we have best results with Body Shop Hemp but not sorting it out really.


jasperc163 Sun 21-Dec-08 13:58:08

Just an update. We used 0.5% hydrocortisone for 2 days to get on top of it, and then I bought some Barefoot Botanicals SOS cream yesterday which we have been putting on 3-4 times a day since - so far looking good. Face almost clear for first time in yonks.

Will post back after christmas.....

lilolilbethlehem Sun 21-Dec-08 14:33:13

no medical expertise to offer here, but would suggest petroleum jelly/similar to make a barrier between skin and what ever is causing the rash (it could be dribbles and/or cold so would give it a try). I get eczema round my eyes which has improved considerably since using a simple eye gel,which does similar job to petroleum jelly/a barrier cream.

jasperc163 Mon 29-Dec-08 09:07:02

The SOS cream has been a miracle (tried literally loads of creams in last 3 years). Problem pretty much totally disappeared. Seriously impressed :-)

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