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Chicken pox and steroid cream - is there some risk?

(4 Posts)
Boco Mon 20-Oct-08 10:23:29

DD2 not been well for ages - recovering from pneumonia, now she's picked up another virus and has what looks like impetigo near her mouth, and chicken pox spots on her face.

I took her to the dr who said to use the fucidinH cream that I already have on the spots, but be aware that if any more appear it's probably chicken pox.

As i was walking home i remembered something vague about steroid cream being bad on chicken pox spots, so went into the chemist to ask. She said yes, that it won't help it, could delay the spots healing, but if it's impetigo she needs it, so it's a judgement call only i can make. hmm Well I have no idea what to do.

What do you think?

monkeymonkeymonkey Mon 20-Oct-08 10:34:57

Can you put the cream on the impetigo but avoid the chicken pox spots?

Twiglett Mon 20-Oct-08 10:38:40

I think you could leave the impetigo until it's obviously impetigo and then use the cream

because impetigo is fairly distinctly different to chicken pox

poor wee thing .. she has been through the wars hasn't she? Are you giving her pro-biotics to help boost her immune system .. I will bet she's been on anti-bs and that can destory the 'friendly bacteria' in the gut


Boco Mon 20-Oct-08 10:43:45

The stuff around her mouth is obviously impetigo, just the new spots on her cheeks could go either way. Yes you're right, maybe I should leave those alone until I know which ones.

Yes she's had pneumonia twice in a few months and each time had 10 days of antibiotics. I bought some probiotic stuff this morning as dr suggested it as she's not eating - she says everything tastes wrong and dr thinks it's the result of the antibiotics. She's just getting one thing after another and looks really rough - all grey and skinny and scabby!

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