Ds (5) had what I thought were two pimples on his face last night. Woke up this morning with clusters of these white headed spots on face (2 in nostril as well, looked full of clear fluid).
I called the gps office to query seeing a nurse or gp, told go to pharmacist they can confirm if it's chickenpox.
Pharmacist looked clueless as to why I was asking her opinion. Said chickenpox usually starts on trunk, to call gps again.
Called gps, receptionist asks if son is otherwise well (yes, he had a viral infection 4-7th April where he had high fever and vomiting/viral rash but he's well now). Receptionist says consider chickenpox a working diagnosis, see how he goes, if he gets a fever or seems ill to call back.
Well, is this typical of the chickenpox diagnostic process? 🤔😒
I include a picture for everyone to throw new conditions into the ring. Since 9am one more spot has appeared on neck. Itching has calmed with piriton and poxclin use (£10.20!)
Well I was beginning to think hand foot and mouth seemed most likely, but he has no spots anywhere else still. A couple tiny ones lower down neck. He is fit as a fiddle though and just spent 30 mins on the wii doing a sword game and now he's wanting dinner so no general illness symptoms. 😐
I thought if it was chicken pox it would spread over his body throughout the day. It's just in the face and neck area. Will call gp for appointment (I can tell receptionist will be dying for an update on her diagnosis).
Also wish I could get a new pharmacist, nice fella left in 2016 after 20 years and it's only ever temporary people now.
Oh highinthesky whatever it could be I've been insisting he keep hands off his face but he tries as I'm constantly washing them. I had chickenpox at 10 and gouged the scabs out my face leaving me with classic pox scars.
Our walk in gp service has just this April 1st turned into an urgent appointment clinic only, but I don't think it's 'urgent'. Quite satisfied I can press the gp's guards to be seen tomorrow though. They will ask if it's an emergency but no it's not but neither can it wait 10 working days 😄
DH's been showing the pic at work and asking for opinions. He's never had chickenpox and he's terrified 😄