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Circular blotches

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pudding25 · 21/09/2008 11:38

DD is just over 4mths. When she was a few wks old, she had eczema and we were given Aveeno cream which got rid of it. She still has a little bit on the backs of her legs/if it gets really hot but her face is pretty much ok.

For the past week, she has had a couple of circular blotches on her face which won't go away. It is a ring of red and in the middle it is slightly paler than the rest of her skin.

Do you think this is eczema/amything to worry about it - or do you just think I am a neurotic first time mum???

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LaTrucha · 21/09/2008 11:40

It's probably something very minor that a cream from the GP will sort out. I had something which sounds similar recently and it turned out to be a fungus - which sounds awful, but is apparently completely benign. A cream sorted it in a trice.

smeeinit · 21/09/2008 11:41

it sounds to me like ring worm?
my eldest had this a couple of times,not sure how its picked up......think can come from pets, cat,dog??
does it look like this?

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piratecat · 21/09/2008 11:45

was also going to suggest ringworm

LaTrucha · 21/09/2008 11:47

I thought mine was ringworm, but it wasn't. Thought ringworm would sound a bit scary to the OP!

Kbear · 21/09/2008 11:52

eczema appears in different forms, read up about discoid eczema, that appears in circular blotches.

This is from


This type of eczema shows as discrete coin-shaped patches of eczema on the limbs. It can occur:

on otherwise normal skin

with generally dry skin

with atopic eczema.


The affected areas have a well-defined edge and are red. On top there are often small blisters, scales or crusts. This often reflects the fact that they are infected with bacteria.

Usually the pattern of skin lesions (affected areas) on the limbs is symmetrical. The lesions are very itchy, so thickening of the skin (lichenification) is common. Because of their well-defined margins, lesions of discoid eczema can be confused for fungal infections of the skin (ringworm) or for contact eczema.

pudding25 · 21/09/2008 12:15

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAH Going to the Dr tomorrow - it doesnt look like that smeeinit . It is only a tiny bit red.

Crappin myself now in case it is though. We don't have any pets. Best friend (who's house we are at tons) has 2 cats but apart from once, they don't go near dd (and she has 3 kids, including one dd's age who have nothing like this).

Hoping it is just her eczema.....

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LackaDAISYcal · 21/09/2008 12:20

sounds like ringworm to me as well, but it's nothing to be worried about. Canesten cream or other topical antifungal will clear it up, but it is pretty contagious so scrupulous hygiene is necessary.

smeeinit · 21/09/2008 12:28

pudding,dont worry!
ringworm really is nothing to worry about so dont panic!
its easily treated with cream.
thtas if it is ringworm of course!!

please dont worry.

LaTrucha · 21/09/2008 12:32

Yes. Ringworm isn't actually scary, it just sounds it.

pudding25 · 21/09/2008 13:08

I feel sick (am so squeamish). She only has 2 of these blotches and they are on her face.

How would she have caught it? From my friend's cat?????

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technics · 21/09/2008 13:12

ringworm is incredibly contagious so much so it can easily be picked up from something like a changing mat.

please don't worry, canesten or similar cream will clear it up very quickly

Fizzylemonade · 21/09/2008 22:18

I had a form of ringworm, just pale patches, no red ring round the outside, had them years but as they didn't look like ringworm I never bothered to go to the GP.

One day they started to get bigger and new ones appeared, I went to docs and was given fungal cream and they disappeared.

We do not have pets, I don't have any friends who have pets so it was a shocker! It made me feel ill because of the implications that somehow I was dirty with this fungus growing on my skin!!!

pudding25 · 21/09/2008 22:42

Oh so hoping it is her eczema. Going to try to get appt tomorrow at drs but they are like golddust.

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LuLuBai · 22/09/2008 10:05

It really does sound like ringworm.

DD had ringworm when she was only 5 months old. We do have a cat and I took him to the vet for all sorts of tests. He didn't have it, but we treated him anyway and boil washed everything he had ever slept on as I thought they might start infecting each other. We never found out where she had caught it from but it healed quickly and she never got it again.

Get some cream from the doc and be prepared to do lots and lots of laundry.

pudding25 · 22/09/2008 13:26

Got an appointment for later but it seems to have faded... Will take her anyway.

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messageinabottle · 22/09/2008 23:30

how did your appointment go pudding

pudding25 · 23/09/2008 14:01

Not had a chance to post - HURRAH!!!! It is her eczema! The dr looked at me like I was nuts but I am glad I got it checked out anyway.

Thanks everyone for helping.

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messageinabottle · 24/09/2008 10:23


now you will need to post for some advice on eczema lol

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