Can anyone offer any advice/ideas on this please...
My DD who usually has beautifully clear skin started this last few days with a couple of spots in her chin - before I'd actually seen the first 2 (bad week with migraine eyes) she says she had "squeezed" them, so I'm not actually sure how the first 2 looked to begin with. She has been plagued with health problems recently & is very run down as a result, so I initially put it down to that, but I'm not so sure now.
The rash now seems to be spreading & she says it is itchy, she has a few more smaller ones on her chin, some at side if her mouth & a couple at the corners of her nose. They are red & sore looking & her skin is starting to look quite "crusty" the first one worries me as is quite big & has a bit of a "hole" in the centre.
I've so far treat it as spots, dabbing with lavender oil & cleaning the big one with surgical spirit as I'm worried about it looking a bit infected. She is very embarrassed by it & is insisting I put cover up cream on it for school, which I'm not too happy to do, but I can see she is very embarrassed & she has had some problems this last couple of weeks with bullying by class queen bee, so I can see that she's not wanting to give this girl any more ammo, so have reluctantly gone along with this, but looking at it this morning, there is more of it & I'm now concerned that it might be something I should be worrying more about & getting seen by our GP??
I asked this morning if any of her friends have anything similar & she has told me that a couple of them has spots a bit like this, but not on the chin, she said one boy she hangs it with a lot has a spotty rash on his cheek, another classmate a few around their mouth - she has in the last few weeks had a bad flare up of a health condition (Ehlers Danlos) which hit her stomach hard & I believe what could also be abdominal migraine, though no diagnosis for that, just my hunch based on her always getting this other type of stomach trouble & headache when I get migraine.
she was picking up a bit, but then seems to have picked up a bit of a virus, generally feeling a bit unwell, dizzy, run down, bit of a sore throat, sniffles & a bit feverish etc
Sounds exactly like impetigo. Skin infection featuring itchy spots and sores, usually located around the mouth and nose and they go crusty after a couple of days. It's v contagious so it might be worth you letting the other parents of the dc with symptoms know.
If it's the first time she's had it, I think they recommend the GP but it's 'just' a skin infection and nothing to worry yourself about. Sounds like she's also run down on top of that. Poor girl. Is she at school today then?
Thanks everyone, I'm feeling pretty rubbish now as yes I have sent her to school & reading the NHS site is says keep them home she missed a few days last week, so she's keen not to miss more & thankfully her school are great with looking out for her other health problems & encourage them to go in with minors ailments anyway. I am picking her up for lunch though, she's been needed a break from the noise of school so I've been doing that this week - going to give the school a ring & see what they say
Thanks everyone - gawd, can't believe its now something else, poor might, its been relentless of late
I've spoken with the school & they have noticed it but aren't too concerned ATM, lady I spoke with was more concerned that she is obviously so embarrassed by it , she said she can't rule it out as been early safe impetigo, but its not looking too much like it to her yet, so not to worry, keep her at school & see GP later - which we will - though can't get an appointment - if I ring after 2 they will have to give me an emergency one
YES - saw a GP last night & it is definitely Impetigo - she's thoroughly miserable, poor mite & home for a few days & has been giving me hell, though having managed to get my hand on some antihistamine that she could take this morning her mood has improved a lot & she's apologised - she's intolerant to artificial sweeteners & benzoate preservatives & that was all I could get in the suprmarket last night.
Turns out she has a few inside her pants too - do they all stick there hands down there all the time - lol - she was embarrassed as hell about those ones & was refusing to let me see if she had anymore anywhere at all as a result, moaned about he cream I put on er face etc etc - a quick image search on google soon changed her mind - lol
Looks like we've caught it early though - thank you all - so the cream seems to be working quickly too - she still won't leave the house though, not even with the offer of a cinema trip
In a way I'm actually quite glad to be keeping her home for a few days, I wouldn't have chosen to keep her off, as she's missed quite a it of school recently with stomach trouble, but she's been so run down & EDS playing up too. Our GP said that she didn't think she had enough of the rash to have the fever type symptoms, but I'm not so sure, I could tick all the other symptoms with her for this last week or so, which seems to fit time wise too & schools really been just been to much for her, so in a weird way I'm glad to have a good reason to let her rest up - even if she is having me waiting on her hand & foot - lol