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Infected eczema

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BettyOBarley Wed 20-Jul-16 19:43:12

My DD (2.5) has infected eczema all the way down the back of her legs which just came from nowhere in the last day or so. Since lunchtime she's had high temp, lethargic and hasn't eaten or hardly drank a thing all day plus complaining of her head hurting. Had her at the GP today who gave her antibiotics, steroid cream etc. Does anyone know how long before it starts to work and clear up? She's in lots of pain with it too when walking , I feel so bad for her.

Also I read on the NHS site that any creams we are using now should be discarded once the infection has gone and new ones used but the GP didn't mention this. Does anyone know?

Texdes Wed 20-Jul-16 23:28:35

My son used to have regular infections due to eczema on his hands. The first port of call was Fucidin H, if that failed he used be be given antibiotic. It usually takes 48 hrs to calm the infection down but his lesions used to take longer to heal. By the end of the course his skin used to be pretty good. The only thing I would say is that after multiple episodes I felt the antibiotics stopped working so well. We have a brilliant dermatologist now and his skin is controlled really well with Lociod and protopic creams . Maybe worth looking in to if you little one has repeated infections.

Imnotaslimjim Wed 20-Jul-16 23:32:04

You should see an improvement in about 48 hours. You can help soothe it too. Try putting porridge oats in a sock and floating it in a cool bath then bathing her in it, it really helps. Damp flannels lay on the sore bits will ease the itching.

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Wed 20-Jul-16 23:43:21

I know not easy to do in this warmth but try to keep her skin cool as sweating will make her want to itch. Are you sure the lethargy etc is due to infection? It might be abit of heat exhaustion, I felt like that yesterday and abit today as well.

((gentle hug for BettyDD))

BettyOBarley Thu 21-Jul-16 12:14:01

She seems a lot better today temp is back to normal and has eaten a little but not much. I must admit I didn't realise it would make her so ill so maybe it is the heat as well.

I'll definitely save this thread and try some of these suggestions if it happens again. Apart from on holiday in Florida this is the first time it's been infected and I felt so guilty that I'd let it happen somehow. It does look much less angry already.

She's informed me today that the banana antibiotic medicine is "disgusting" grin so I think she is on the way back to her usual self!

Thanks all

thatwouldbeanecumenicalmatter Thu 21-Jul-16 19:38:29

Thanks for the update Betty glad to hear she's perked up smile

almostthirty Thu 21-Jul-16 19:42:27

My son's eczema became infected a few months ago. Once he had finished the antibiotics and steroids he had another really bad flare up. I used moo goo cream on him and within 12 hours there was a marked improvement and within 24hrs it was if he had never had eczema (apart from the scratch scars sad)
He hasn't had a bad flare for ages (only when I accidentally ran out of cream) even in this really hot weather.

BettyOBarley Fri 22-Jul-16 20:33:16

Someone else mentioned moo goo to me a while ago thanks, I've put it on my Amazon wishlist. The GP gave us Hydramol to try this time, it's very greasy but with that, the steroid cream and antibiotics it's amazing how much better they look already.

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