not sure if anyone is still awake. DD2 is 9. She started with a sore throat on Friday and lumpy swollen glands in her neck. By Saturday she was really feeling unwell, feverish and drowsy. This morning she had a White/ yellow coated Tongue with red spots on and her throat is so sore she's not eating and says drinking stings. This afternoon she started getting a sandpapery rash on her chest which by tonight has covered her whole body. We have been sat cuddling all day because she felt so poorly but it was only just now when I put her to bed that I noticed the rash had got so bad. Had a quick google and what came up was scarlet fever. I thought you didn't get that anymore. Should I be worried? Obviously will take to doctor in the morning but you know how it is, you read something on the Internet and start fretting!
The rash doesn't go away. But it's not a meningitis type rash- I'm sure. I just went in and spoke gently to her and she did stir so I'm sure I could wake her. But she's only been in bed for an hour so I didn't want to disturb her too much. The poor thing was up half the night last night, crying with the pain in her throat.
Well she's my third child. I've seen most childhood diseases. I'm certain it's not meningitis. My other DD had scarlatina. This is worse than that. The pictures on the website I looked at are exactly how her skin and Tongue look and that's what's pointed me to scarlet fever. Until this aft I thought it was tonsillitis- she has a bad case earlier this year and was I'll for about 6 weeks. We went through all sorts of tests for mumps, glandular fever and lymphoma because she is very " glandy" anyway, but they all came back clear. Then she started getting these lumps in her gums which the dentist initially said needed to be seen at the hospital but when I told her about the lumps and tests we'd already had she said they were probably just fatty lumps and not to worry. Now I feel like if I go back to the doctor with a sore throat they'll think I'm mad. I have taken pictures of her rash tonight so I can show them how she looks just in case it's disappeared! Lol. But honestly, I know she isn't well, she's fighting some kind of infection.
Could be strep throat which can then cause either measles or scarlet fever (can't remember which but google will tell you). Get her to the gp ASAP for antibiotics strep throat is horrible if that's what it is. Hope she feels better soon.
Thank you. I guess what I'm saying is I feel like a bad mother for not taking her to out of hours today and am sat here wondering if her symptoms warrant seeing someone tonight or if its ok to wait til morning. Why do these things always come at a weekend?
She's had her MMR, I know that doesn't rule them out completely. But the rash isn't red or purple it's raised and pimply like eczema, feels really rough. Her throat is red and swollen, haven't looked at the insides of her mouth, just her tongue, which has all these red spots on it.
I personally think you should call out of hours doctor or NHS direct. She is obviously feeling very poorly, and regardless of whether it is nothing but a virus, or potentially serious, no-one will blame you for calling just in case. And it will put your mind at rest, because you wouldn't be posting on here if your mind was completely at rest! Hope she is fine - sure she will be.
Thanks for all your concern. She's already picking up with the antibiotics. Strep throat and related rash- doctor was reluctant to diagnose scarlet fever because he says the rash is not red enough although her Tongue has peeled and is bright red now. The rash has spread to her hands and feet but is less pink on her body where it appeared yesterday. However he says she is infectious and must stay off school for a week.