Advice needed; 11 yo w/a rash

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Registered: 06-27-2004
Advice needed; 11 yo w/a rash
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Sun, 06-27-2004 - 12:08pm
My son is prone to allergic reactions to certain types of foods and extreme temperatures. The other day, I noticed a red patch above his eyebrow that he said was caused by a bump on the head. However, throughout the course of the following day, the condition spread all over his face, causing raised welt-like patches. I allowed him to go swimming, as he was not running a fever, oomplaining of pain or itching, and hoping that the chlorine might clear up the condition. However, this morning the condition has spread to his pelvic area, the back of one of his arms, the under area of the other arm, and his chest, although the raised welt-like appearance has gone. The patches feel hot to the touch. I have been told that there was a case of poison ivy or oak in my area the other day. He is still not running a fever, is not enormously itchy, nor have my husband or I come down with the condition ourselves. Do any of you have a suggestion as to what it might be? He did consume 5 odd juices the other day that he normally does not. Thank you for your help.
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Registered: 06-08-2004
Mon, 06-28-2004 - 1:21pm

Hello and welcome, I'm glad you stopped in and I hope you'll stay.

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Registered: 07-01-2004
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 2:25pm
Whenever I hear someone say their child has a "rash" I worry. Last year my son developed a rash too and there was no explaination for it (i.e., no new products, etc). Turns out, for one day only he was saying how he had a slight sore throat and he had slightly high fever. Both went away after just a day! However this rash appeared all over his body. I did some searching after remembering that a friend of mine's son gets it all the time and came to the conclusion it was Scarlet Fever. I looked at pics of the rash online also. I called the doc right away and took him in. Turns out I was right! It was Scarlet Fever!Although high fever and soar throat are common with this, my son only had both for one day only!

It most likely isnt that. But, ya never know. I would call the doc. Especially since it has spread. Here is a link to some info about Scarlet Fever! Good Luck!

http://my.webmd.com/content/article/9/1680_54913.htm

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Registered: 06-08-2004
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 2:41pm
Thanks for popping in and sharing your experience.

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Thu, 07-01-2004 - 2:50pm
He had to be put on antibiotics for 2 weeks and had to stay out of school for one. But, other than the nasty rash, he was and is fine. The rash started going away after about 3-4 days on the antibiotics. The doc said that if it was left untreated it could have possibly caused damage to vital organs. Something a lot of people don't know. I volunteer at my son's school and one of the employees at the school has children who also attend there. Well, her one son had it too last year and she was just gonna let it go. She just thought he had a reaction to lotion or something. I told her she better take him right away to the doc and explained what happened to my son. As soon as I saw him and the rash I knew he had it. And, once again, I was right. After I looked at him she took him to the school nurse and the nurse told her to take her son out of school right then and there and get to the doc right away. And, if the doc couldn't take him right away she should take him to the ER. Scarlet Fever is highly contageous! So, after my experience with that I am a little paranoid now when my son says he has a sore throat/fever/etc. LOL! At least now I know what to look for. My son's case was so extreme, he even had the rash inside his mouth! Yuk! LOL! Whenever someone talks about a mysterious rash, this experience always comes to mind.
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Registered: 06-08-2004
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 3:41pm
I knew Scarlet Fever wasn't anything to mess around with but I didn't realize it was quite as serious as you describe either.

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Registered: 07-01-2004
Thu, 07-01-2004 - 6:44pm
Yeah, like I said, the only reason I thought about it (after going through the normal: what did he eat, drink, wear that was different, etc) was because a friend of mine has a son who is now 13 but has been getting Scarlet Fever since he was a baby! So, I remember her always telling me about the rash, fever, sore throat, etc he gets with it. That's when I decided to look online to see if I could find any pics of what it looks like. As soon as I saw the pics I knew he had it. The doc was so happy I actually looked it up online and then called and brought him in. I was too. Thinking back, there were so many times I downplayed it when he told me of a sore throat. I would just give him some Motrin or Advil and think no more of it. But, the doc said the reason you can get Scarlet Fever is from negleting Strep Throat. So, now when my son has a sore throat (when I know its really bad) I get him on antibiotics right away. Just to be safe.
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Registered: 06-08-2004
Fri, 07-02-2004 - 3:09pm
Wow, I knew rheumatic fever was a result of untreated strep throat (I had that as a child) but didn't realize that scarlet fever was in the same category.