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What does infected chicken pox look like?

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Toospotty Sun 16-Mar-14 17:22:07

My daughter is on day four of chicken pox. I've attached a photo on my profile. She's in quite a lot of pain, although not very itchy, and is feverish and off her food. I called the GP and described one of the spots, as it looked infected to me, and they said they would only prescribe antibiotics if there were three similar ones in a row all connected. Can anyone who knows about chicken pox take a look and tell me if they think she's OK? I am reluctant to put her through the pain of a trip to the doctor if they will tell me I'm over worrying. She is two.

Theonlyoneiknow Mon 17-Mar-14 23:06:09

Oh poor thing, they look so sore :-(

Hope your DD gets better soon x

Toospotty Mon 17-Mar-14 21:38:28

wine indeed!

Any ideas of what to do with a grumpy two year old embarking on her second week of isolation with just a ten month old for company gratefully received.

redspottydress Mon 17-Mar-14 21:23:56

Yes, hope she gets better soon. What a roller coaster for you all. [Wine]

candycoatedwaterdrops Mon 17-Mar-14 20:11:32

Poor little thing. sad I wish her better.

Toospotty Mon 17-Mar-14 17:17:31

Chicken pox can itself just be vile apparently. Google images proves that! We have oral antibiotics and fucidin cream and are about to give the poor thing an antiseptic bath.

Dillydollydaydream Mon 17-Mar-14 14:32:43

Not infected? Wow. I've never seen chicken pox like it. The one under her arm looks particularly sore sad

Toospotty Mon 17-Mar-14 13:26:17

Back at the hospital today having got nowhere with the oral antibiotics. Today's doctor says she's not infected, just bad chicken pox, and no IV antibiotics needed. It's all quite frustrating.

Toospotty Mon 17-Mar-14 07:35:19

Thanks. We were given the option of going home or staying in, and as they obviously thought going home would be OK and my daughter was desperate for her cot (it was 11.30 before we were seen) then we chose that for now. But we have to see a doctor today, and will have to get 4x10ml antibiotics into her every day, which she has already decided she doesn't like. She threw up some of last night's so I'm not sure how well it will have worked. She also let us put fucidin cream on the sores last night but I don't know if that was just because she was exhausted.

redspottydress Mon 17-Mar-14 07:29:54

Hope you and your dd are ok op.

VoyageDeVerity Sun 16-Mar-14 21:12:33

They are doing the right thing OP. My DD had the same and the IV really halts what can be a very dangerous infection that can spread to the soft tissue. It's great they have it under control. She will be fine.

Ilovemydogandmydoglovesme Sun 16-Mar-14 21:09:14

Oh and have a word with your doctor when you get back. Sounds like he could do with learning all about it.

missmagnum Sun 16-Mar-14 20:43:10

Don't feel daft, it's so hard judging what is normal and what isn't. Hope she starts to feel better soon.

Dillydollydaydream Sun 16-Mar-14 20:26:14

Ouch they look really sore poor thing. I've had 3dc with chicken pox but nothing like that sad
Hope the iv anti b's work soon.

Toospotty Sun 16-Mar-14 20:22:27

OOH have sent us to A&E. They think she needs IV antibiotics and both doctors we saw were very shocked and said they'd never seen such nasty sores. I feel very foolish for thinking it was just bad chicken pox.

missmagnum Sun 16-Mar-14 20:21:57

My ds has just had cp and they didn't look like this. Poor thing, hope you got on ok at ooh.

christinarossetti Sun 16-Mar-14 20:18:51

Yes, definitely infected and in urgent need of antibiotics. My ds had one spot infected and a high temp and was prescribed antibiotics. If no joy from OOH, go to A&E.

Hope that your dd is feeling better soon.

VoyageDeVerity Sun 16-Mar-14 20:16:39

Yes that absolutely looks like infected spots.
V nasty. Hope she feels better soon x

redspottydress Sun 16-Mar-14 20:13:35

Hope you get it sorted, it does look very sore.

Toospotty Sun 16-Mar-14 18:23:05

The OOH is seeing her in an hour and thinks she has a skin infection.

Toospotty Sun 16-Mar-14 17:39:47

Oops. She only has 'normal' spots on her face luckily.

Toospotty Sun 16-Mar-14 17:39:18

I'm sorry your children went through this too. It's very distressing for them and us too. Luckily she

SmileAndNod Sun 16-Mar-14 17:37:41

My son had cp like this and no antibiotics were given. He now has some really deep scarring to his face. I'll never know whether that would have happened anyway and to me he is still beautiful but they are very obvious and have not lessened over time sad.
Hope you have some luck with your doctor OP.

pinkthechaffinch Sun 16-Mar-14 17:37:06

Hope she feels better soon.

pinkthechaffinch Sun 16-Mar-14 17:36:07

my gp prescribed antibiotic cream for one infected spot on my dds face. I with i'd gone sooner as 2 years later it's the only visible,though faint, scar.

Your adds look much worse in comparison, so Id get down the OOH sharpest.

Toospotty Sun 16-Mar-14 17:34:47

Thanks, all, for confirming my gut feeling. On the phone to 111 now.

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