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WHAT is this bloomin rash it is worse and I still cant find out what it is!

(8 Posts)
hereidrawtheline Wed 12-Aug-09 09:53:31

DS 3 has a red rash all over him. Sunday it started out just on his arms. Then it went to his belly. Now it is dotted all over his body. My first thought was chicken pox but it is not angry and there are no blisters. Sunday he went to out of hours gp, it blanched well etc. But every day it spreads a bit more. It is very pale in most places but there are faint red dots all over him including groin area.

GP wouldnt let me take him to them because when I phoned up I was sniffling (flu like symptoms) I asked if they would send the dr out to the house they said no because then they would be exposed to flu like symptoms. So they put me on to the nurse who said it sounded like the result of the end of a viral infection but that it should go (this was Monday) Well then I wouldnt expect it to have covered another 50% of his body if it was the tail end? Anyway DH is taking him to GP tonight when he gets home from work as I am banned hmm though of course they still say I don't have swine flu!

What IS it?

Pinkmist Wed 12-Aug-09 10:07:49

Hi, my son has come up in the exact same thing, its on his face, body and legs. He doesn't have a temp, and seems okay in himself.
I took him to the gp yesterday who said she had seen another child that day with the same thing.
She said it was most likley virial and just to keep an eye on him. no medcine though.
hth x

Just waiting for my 4 year old to get it!

Saltire Wed 12-Aug-09 10:16:58

If it's any help, DS1 used to get a rash like you describe and I was always told it was his body reacting to a virus. First time it happened he was 6 motnhs old and I thought it was meningitis. He grew out of it by the time he was about 6

hereidrawtheline Wed 12-Aug-09 10:18:18

oh thank you! I was accepting it was a viral thing but then as the nurse said it would be the end of the virus I didnt expect it to get so much bigger!

I need to get DS to get chicken pox though I am worried he hasnt had it

Pinkmist Wed 12-Aug-09 10:24:54

How is ds? Is he ill with it?

Both my ds, 4 and 15 month have never had chickenpox.

I didnt get them till i was 9 or 10

notsoteenagemum Wed 12-Aug-09 10:30:21

Try taking him to a Chemist, mine both had a rash recently and I couldn't get in a the doctors and they weren't ill just had a rash.
I trailed around three all saying they didn't know then the lovely man at Superdrug said it was Urticaria.

hereidrawtheline Wed 12-Aug-09 11:06:32

he has been saying he has a headache a lot & probably more irritable than normal (which is saying a lot!) no temp though.

The OoH GP on Sunday said DS was getting too old to get chicken pox and to hurry up and make sure he had it! Freaked me out a weeny peeny bit.

difficultdecision Thu 13-Aug-09 15:43:26

it is quite common to get a rash after a viral infection - as saltire says it's just the way some people (mainly children) and some viruses react. I've seen lots in patients and my own son has done it several times. It is very annoying because his temperature goes, he's completely well for a day so I think he can go back to nursery ........and then gets the rash! it spreads for a few days but he doesn't seem to notice and then goes away.

Sounds very viral but not like chickenpox I'm afraid.

If he is fine in himself see what the GP says tonight but be cautious about asking the lovely man in Superdrug as there is a good chance he won't know what he is talking about (doesn't mean they don't get it right sometimes but they aren't trained in diagnosis and won't neccesarily know the right questions to ask to work out if something that looks like something they have seen before actually is that) - the old adage, if you only have a hammer everything looks like a nail.

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