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Pityryasis Rosea?

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SomethingFunny Tue 23-Dec-14 14:20:29

My 4 year old started getting skin patches back in early/mid November. He is not ill at all and they are not itchy. They don't appear to be catching either as no one else has caught it. They are redder at night and paler in the morning. These have got more widespread ever since. I have posted before about it here: www.mumsnet.com/Talk/childrens_health/a2246588-Centra-ben-allergic-reaction-or-another-phase-in-the-illness?msgid=51353969#51353969

Basically, we went to the doctors towards the end of November at saw a nurse who said it was Eczema and prescribed Cetraben. DSs skin then turned red (as can be seen in a picture on other thread). We stopped that cream and the redness went away. We then went back and saw a GP who prescribed hyrocortizone and oilatum. The rash stopped being dry, but didn't go. We went back and saw the doctor again and he decided it might not be eczema and might be ringworm. We were prescribed anti fungal cream but that also had no effect. The rash is now slightly peeling.

I have long suspected it is pityryasis rosea from googling the symptoms. It was also suggested on the other thread. I did not tell the doctor I thought this and just assumed he would know if it was and the fact he thought it was eczema/ ringworm meant I was wrong. However as patches are still there after being treated for both of these, I am again suspecting I might have been right all along.

Anyone have any experience of pityryasis rosea and think I'm right? Anything else it could possibly be? Should I tell the nurse what I suspect (when I see him/her tomorrow)?

I have attached the latest pictures. The patches are worse on his neck and bottom (hence pictures of those) but he has some on his chin/face, his arms, armpits, around his shoulder blades, all down his front, on his genitals (quite bad here too) and on his thighs.

SomethingFunny Tue 23-Dec-14 15:05:25

I just did some more googling. It would appear quite a few people have developed pityryasis rosea after having had the Flu vaccine. Why this is of interest to me is that DS had the flu spray about 2 weeks before the rash appeared, so there could very well be a connection.

That doesn't mean I regreat him having the flu spray though.

BrieAndChilli Tue 23-Dec-14 15:14:18

Ds2 had pitsyrosis rosea a couple of months ago. He had 50 p size red raised patch in the side of his knee for about a week then his torso was covered in small red rash. We didn't put anything on it as it wasn't itchy or botherin him and it went after a few weeks

SomethingFunny Tue 23-Dec-14 15:39:14

Brie- did it look anything like the pictures I posted? When you say it cleared up after a few weeks, do you mean 3 ish or 8 ish?

Thank you for posting.

Chantelle9876 Sat 27-Dec-14 19:47:29

My son had this , it went away after 4 months, he has dry skin and we went to Spain and it went quite red, we used the creams you mentioned , in the end the patches went white the skin around it was tanned , his ok now I decided not to use any cream it took awhile but eventually went

SomethingFunny Tue 30-Dec-14 19:25:51

Just to update and say it's still there- changing shapes and more patches appearing. We are back to the doctor on Monday, hopefully he can give us some answers as to what it is!

SomethingFunny Fri 09-Jan-15 09:46:54

Back to update for completeness:

It turns out that it is discoid/ nummular eczema. We saw the doctor again on Monday and were prescribed Eumovate. It is working really well and most of the patches have gone or are going now, just his bottom still to clear up. It took 2 months, but I think we have it finally sorted!

SomethingFunny Fri 09-Jan-15 09:48:19

Back to update for completeness:

It turns out that it is discoid/ nummular eczema. We saw the doctor again on Monday and were prescribed Eumovate. It is working really well and most of the patches have gone or are going now, just his bottom still to clear up. It took 2 months, but I think we have it finally sorted!

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