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Those with experience of eczema could you please tell me if this sounds like eczema, as I'm really not sure it is.

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Aimsmum Fri 31-Jul-09 17:53:45

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foxinsocks Fri 31-Jul-09 17:56:23

are you sure it's nor scabies? or bed bugs?

foxinsocks Fri 31-Jul-09 17:57:05

and she's never had eczema ever before?

K999 Fri 31-Jul-09 17:57:14

Hard to say. My lo suffers from excema but it does not look like the link you posted.

Aimsmum Fri 31-Jul-09 18:15:25

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noddyholder Fri 31-Jul-09 18:16:45

It looks like prickly heat

Aimsmum Fri 31-Jul-09 18:23:31

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foxinsocks Fri 31-Jul-09 18:51:11

were you swimming in hot water there, like jacuzzis and that? because there is a nasty rash you can get from dirty jacuzzis

foxinsocks Fri 31-Jul-09 18:51:55

yes, the pattern is very like scabies isn't it! I have had it, and didn't get a rash like the one in your link but I was wondering if she'd had a v nasty reaction to the scabies.

foxinsocks Fri 31-Jul-09 18:54:35

(if you were in hot tubs, the rash is called folliculitis if you want to look it up)

spa pool folliculitis

poor girl. Hope she's ok. Night time itching is horrid. Do take her back if it doesn't clear up quickly.

Aimsmum Fri 31-Jul-09 19:04:34

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foxinsocks Fri 31-Jul-09 19:07:47

yes do take her back if it hasn't cleared up, poor lamb. Sounds very nasty and uncomfortable. My eczema has flared up now (and often does when it's hot) but I think it's a bit unusual if she's never had it before (and for it to be so widespread iyswim).

I must admit, when I had scabies, it did look like scabies and it was unbelievably itchy. I almost cried with the itchiness. Was horrid.

I hope she feels better soon.

helpivegottogivebirth Fri 31-Jul-09 19:07:49

With scabies you itch on the palms of your hands.

The rash pictured does not look like scabies to me.

Aimsmum Fri 31-Jul-09 19:15:10

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Aimsmum Fri 31-Jul-09 19:57:32

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broguemum Fri 31-Jul-09 20:04:26

Not easy to tell from the pictures but it does not look like exczema to me. DD's exczema is always worse in the folds of her knees, creases of her elbows, armpits and her bottom - I've not seen it spread out like this but I am not an HCP or skin-guru!

I do hope she gets better soon. Have you tried cool baths w. a few drops of kamomile solution? Sometimes it's the only thing that helps DD.

Notquitegrownup Fri 31-Jul-09 20:08:09

Sending her loads of sympathy.

DS2 has excema - it doesn't usually look like this, but occasionally it does. However, my dad suddenly had a rash aged around 75 which lasted for a few weeks, and which looked and sounded just like your dds. The doc treated it as excema, although he had never had it before or since. It didn't respond well to treatment but disappeared just as mysteriously as it had appeared after a few weeks.

Try smothering it in Sudocream. It worked when ds2 had a mysterious non-excema rash, and it is recommended for excema too, so it can't hurt.

Lots of luck. Poor dd.

Kayteee Fri 31-Jul-09 20:12:05

Sorry if this is a bit obvious but have you changed your washing powder recently or given her any different foods?

Chatkins Fri 31-Jul-09 20:15:17

I would def take her back for a second opinion - it is hard to tell from the picture on your profile. My whole family suffers from eczema, in particular my neice and my dd2 have suffered very badly. Saying that, eczema can effect different people very differently. My niece has never had it on her face, or on torso, just terribly on hands, feet, ankles, arms, wrists and behind knees. Whereas my dd2 gets in all over her face, neck, torso and back, arms legs, the lot really ! Her skin is always very dry and crusty and flaky, and her redness apears first in red spotty blotches, which she tears at. Summer makes it worse.
I hope your dd feels better soon, poor thing. My ds has never had any eczema, lucky boy, but I have taken him to doctors on a few occasions with weird spots, rashes. The doctor described them as allergic reactions, but said there was no way of knowing what to, ie could be a spider he ate, or a leaf in the garden etc!

good luck though

navyeyelasH Fri 31-Jul-09 20:42:32

This is going to be an odd question but does the rash feel hot? Can you get a better close up pic, try turning off the flash. It looks like something I get, which is an alergy to sweat/getting flustered!

Aimsmum Fri 31-Jul-09 21:16:05

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navyeyelasH Sat 01-Aug-09 10:23:55

I sounds like something I get as an allergic reaction but the picture you linked too doesn't look like mine IYSWIM? But the picture on your profile does look like mine. Does the one of your DC look exactly like that link? Mine is more of a blotchy rash.

Aimsmum Mon 03-Aug-09 22:32:12

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