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Red patches on skin that move to different places

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  • Posted By: One Way Home
  • May 31, 2011
  • 02:31 PM

Our twenty-two month old daughter, Rachel, has just started exhibiting a strange 'rash' (red spots).
We came home from church Sunday, fed her & laid her down for her nap. When we went to get her out of her crib, she had two semi-round patches on the front of her right thigh, one to two inches around & red. The patches weren't bumpy or swollen, & she didn't seem to even notice them.
We decided that maybe she had gotten into something (like poison ivy) & stripped her to give her a bath. That's when we found two more spots on the back of her upper-right arm.
We didn't know what to do, so the wife went to the nearest Wal Mart & bought some Cortizone-10 & some Calamine Lotion.
By the time she got back & we had fed Rachel her supper, the patches on her thigh & arm were gone, BUT there was a baseball-sized spot on her right buttock!
So, we loaded her into the car & drove the 45 minutes to the Children's Mercy Urgent-Care facility, to have her evaluated. They were all quite surprised to hear about the random moving of this 'rash' that didn't seem to itch or bother her, but said that it was probably just a skin-infection & prescribed antibiotics.
That was Sunday. Since then, the spot on her buttock has disappeared & has re-appeared on her left thigh & her left arm...
The antibiotics don't seem to be effective, not even slowing the appearance, much less the movement of these spots.
Today, we are going to try to get her in to see her pediatrician, as the (Monday) holiday is over.
Until then, we are seeking any input that we can get about this.

Here is all we know:
The first spots were on the front of her right thigh. The next spots (maybe simultaneous?) were seen on the back of her right upper-arm. These spots were no larger than two inches across and were red (like poison ivy but without bumps or obvious discomfort). These spots went away quickly & were replaced with a much larger spot on her right buttock that was as big as a baseball & grew almost twice that size (even on part of her outer thigh) by the time we got her to the Drs.
(all within about 4-5 hours)
Then, the next day (Monday), the spot on her buttock/thigh was gone, & she had spots on her left arm and left thigh. After 4-5 hours the one on her left arm faded; however the one on her left thigh grew to basically cover her entire (front) thigh.
The spots do seem to generate some heat, as the larger ones feel warmer than the surrounding skin, but not 'hot'.
She has NOT been a sickly baby, nor is she on any medications. She didn't get any innoculations near this time. She was not exposed to excessive heat...

Anyone who has seen this type of issue properly diagnosed please help us figure out what this is!

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