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Spots like chickenpox but not chicken pox??

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Mummytron Mon 28-Mar-16 16:40:14

My dd1(5) has these spots in odd places. 3 on lower back, 1 on bottom, 2 on foot and maybe a couple more in different places. Last month she had a cluster of them on her upper fore arm. Every time they happen I think ooh is this chicken pox but nothing comes of it. Any ideas what it could be? She hasn't and chicken pox yet.

Mummytron Mon 28-Mar-16 21:39:37

Any thoughts?
She has them on various parts of her body, bottom, foot, ankle, side,lower back. She's not poorly. They look just like chickenpox but she had them a few weeks ago too, that re in a cluster on her upper fore arm.

MagicalMrsMistoffelees Tue 29-Mar-16 08:07:11

My sons were 6 and 3 when they developed very mild rashes that the GP diagnosed as chicken pox. We thought we'd got off lightly! Then exactly four weeks later they developed the real chicken pox!

(We were actually only at the GP for the three year old's eczema but she saw the spots on them both and said it was CP.)

I've never found an explanation for why this happened. Were both rashes chicken pox? If the first was just a pre-cursor, why did it then take four weeks for the main rash to appear when the incubation period is nowhere near that long? Was it lying dormant?! I may never know!

But perhaps what your daughter is experiencing is similar? A light pre-cursor to the real thing?!

We have a third child now and will be getting him immunised privately. He has eczema like his brother and chicken pox + eczema = one horrible experience. sad

sallyhasleftthebuilding Tue 29-Mar-16 08:17:09

They could be water warts - have you got a picture?

TheColdDoesBotherMeAnyway Tue 29-Mar-16 08:22:47

Molluscum? We had this exact scenario with dd2 this time last year, she had tiny blisters on her leg but no other symptoms. GP confirmed chicken pox after 36 hours or so (I wanted to know whether to isolate or not) but then they gradually disappeared. Since then they have come and gone (she has one on her arm at the moment). Dd1 came out with molluscum a few months after the initial cluster and sometimes the crops that come out on dd2's legs look very similar but then unlike molluscum come and go but I've been wondering if it's a similar virus? confused

sallyhasleftthebuilding Tue 29-Mar-16 08:30:53

This really works - wash on leave for a min and wash off -

Roonerspism Tue 29-Mar-16 08:34:40

My child had a pre-chicken pox chicken pox like rash too.

I also thought she got off lightly. Then 2 weeks later the real thing appeared.

I sometimes wonder if the body deals with the virus differently in some kids

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 08:47:18

Photos to follow...

The first two aren't very clear and that's what we have at the moment.

The third photo of the cluster was the ones she had a few weeks ago.

I've seen molluscum and I'm not sure it's that.

Thanks xx

RNBrie Tue 29-Mar-16 08:51:22

Doesn't look like molluscum at all and molluscum hang around for months and months.

I don't think they look like chicken pox either. They look more like an allergic reaction or bites.

Have you taken her to the gp?

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 08:57:54

I've got a telephone appt today.
I've de flead the cat but he's not showing signs of fleas.

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 09:03:22

I know a telephone appt won't help if they can't see them but it's a way to get an appt x

sallyhasleftthebuilding Tue 29-Mar-16 09:14:22

Looks like bites might be in grass -

Get a bug spray- and give her a blast

Antihistamines are good for the itch

Everyone gets bitten - it's how you react - I get bitten by anything I taste nice DD and DS do too - DH and DD2 don't react

recyclingbag Tue 29-Mar-16 09:17:08

Could also possibly be impetigo.

DS had it years ago and I thought it was bites or chicken pox. I finally took him to the doctors and he was given antibiotics. I left it far too long though sad

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 09:21:01

Lots of ideas, think a visit to the doc may be in order.

They aren't itchy at all, weird?

jeavcike Tue 29-Mar-16 09:23:43

Does she get eczema? When ds eczema flares up it sometimes gets infected and he ends up with what look like chicken pox spots all over him, even on the clear skin. They look like blisters but the fluid inside them has a greenish tint rather than being clear/white like the chicken pox ones.

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 09:27:46

Very mild eczema. The bumps are filled with anything...yet!

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 18:44:35

Doctor rang and diagnosed flea bites over the phone!
She said it's a wait and watch thing .

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 21:42:22

Have to say I'm not convinced though.
If it was hives would they treat it? They don't itch or bother her. But I'm worried as to why they keep coming back. There's no new ones since yesterday and they are still the same

Wolfiefan Tue 29-Mar-16 21:45:47

What do you use on the cat and how often?

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 21:49:12

Frontline about once a month. Hubby says we would know if he had fleas? He'd be scratching?

Wolfiefan Tue 29-Mar-16 22:32:02

Not necessarily. We can't use Frontline here. I believe fleas in some areas aren't affected by it. I would consult a vet.
We use Advocate. Every 4 weeks. Always note it on the calendar.
Have a look in cat's coat. Any tiny brown specks like mud? That's flea dirt.

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 22:38:43

Thanks Wolfie x

Mummytron Tue 29-Mar-16 22:39:09

What area are you?

Wolfiefan Tue 29-Mar-16 23:23:23

South West but I think Frontline isn't great TBH.

bakingaddict Tue 29-Mar-16 23:49:36

They look like insect bites to me. I used to be around cats growing up and if I'm bitten by fleas I don't have much of a reaction. Maybe get your carpets steamed cleaned to make sure you've eliminated any reservoirs of flea larvae

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