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Not chickenpox so what could it be?

(35 Posts)
Umbrelladilemma Wed 17-Jun-15 17:36:48

3 yr old DS has got spots on his torso that at first I thought were insect bites but some have now blistered and gone scabby. He's had chicken pox properly as a baby then again (I think!) a year or so ago so I really don't think it can be that. Plus no other signs of illness.

Amy ideas??

The spots seem a bit drier and scabies rather than blister-like, if that helps.

Umbrelladilemma Wed 17-Jun-15 17:40:53

Sorry, scabbier not scabies!

Umbrelladilemma Wed 17-Jun-15 21:19:18

Sorry, quick bump for the evening crowd!

Pumpeedo Wed 17-Jun-15 21:22:23

Chicken pox. If he's had it twice before then it sounds like he's not building immunity. Sounds like he's a carrier.

momtothree Wed 17-Jun-15 21:22:43

Water warts (molescum ...i think?) Highly infectious .... yellow puss need anti bacterial soap and keep covered .. can last 4 years .. but soap gets rid in 4 months. Look it up and ill find u the name of the soap.

LHReturns Wed 17-Jun-15 21:26:08

Molluscum could well be right. Pain in ass but in no way dangerous. If it is, something called Molludab meant be be effective. Very keen to know what the soap is that momtothree recommends.

momtothree Wed 17-Jun-15 21:31:36

Found it. £4 ish on amazon. Quick rinse at the end of the bath.

LHReturns Wed 17-Jun-15 21:32:49

Thank you for this momtothree!

momtothree Wed 17-Jun-15 21:34:31

Uk doctors dont give you anything, but US recommends it as effective. You`re welcome.

Umbrelladilemma Wed 17-Jun-15 21:35:47

Thanks. Looked up molluscum pics online but it doesn't really look like that. Think I'll take him to the GP in the morning as he's due to go to nursery and I think that's probably not the best idea until we work out what it is. Aargh. Although GPs don't want to see Chicken pox do they?

momtothree Wed 17-Jun-15 21:38:01

Go to the chemist they`re great!

TheseSoles Wed 17-Jun-15 21:38:15

Could be impetigo maybe? That can present a few different odd blistery scabby rashes. I'd check with the GP!

Meepandyoup Wed 17-Jun-15 21:50:56

Hand, foot and mouth? It's almost indistinguishable from chicken pox; generally the spots are more on the torso with CP and on the extremities and mouth with HFM but it's not always obvious which it is. Plus you can have HFM more than once, so one (or both!) of his previous doses may have been HFM.

dementedpixie Wed 17-Jun-15 21:53:04

If it is localised in one area then it could be shingles

Lovepancakes Wed 17-Jun-15 21:55:29

DS has this too- only 9 spots and I've assumed chickenpox.

I haven't been to the GP thinking it's contagious and he doesn't seem ill either but should I? He had CP as a baby

PandaMummyofOne Wed 17-Jun-15 22:14:03

Hand, foot and mouth? DS has come down with it and it started by a couple of spots on his chest. Then cold symptoms and a raging temperature. Then nothing but a couple of mouth ulcers and then the rash. Nothing serious but a real PITA.

Lovepancakes Wed 17-Jun-15 22:26:15

I don't think it is with us as DS hasn't had any hint of fever or not being well. And the spots look just like when they had chicken box but fewer - eg 2 next to each other on a leg, 2 on face, 2 on an arm...

FireCanal Wed 17-Jun-15 22:28:17

Is it one-sided? Could be shingles if it is?

Indantherene Wed 17-Jun-15 22:37:10

Another vote for shingles. Are they sort of in a line?

Lovepancakes Wed 17-Jun-15 22:37:53

You are all better than NHS direct who I always forget I can ring grin. Thank you for your help too and didn't mean to take over op's thread.
It's quite balanced so both sides but spots very sparse and start healing after 24 hours (so maybe quicker than I remember)

Lovepancakes Wed 17-Jun-15 22:39:38

There are only 2 lots of 2 spots and the rest individual. I will look up shingles as that's interesting, I associated it with older people and don't know much. DS is 4.

Lovepancakes Wed 17-Jun-15 22:41:08

Nothing is painful or itchy though and DS has been feeling well all the time which is why I've just isolated him and not been to GP who books weeks ahead

Umbrelladilemma Thu 18-Jun-15 06:48:07

Pancakes, you've not hijacked at all as you DS's symptoms sound identical to my DS. It's weird isn't it? He has about 10 spots, all dried up now. They look a bit like insect bites which he has scratched as they seemed to go straight from the spots stage to a scab, with no noticeable blistering.

Lovepancakes Thu 18-Jun-15 07:42:16

Yes very odd. DS's spots heal so fast and easily he hasn't noticed or scratched them so he's only noticing being in isolation which is a shame when he feels well!

bruffin Thu 18-Jun-15 07:57:48

If he had chickenpox as a baby he will likely to get it again and he is more likely to get shingles as a child.

Are they sort of in a line

When i had shingles they were in a circle

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