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Son's itchy legs get open sores

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 25, 2009
  • 06:21 PM

My son has mild seasonal allergies and in the last couple years has developed itchy spots on his arms and legs that open into sores. He picks them because they itch alot and now he is very scarred. It only happens in the summer (I thought it was from chlorine, but he hasn't been in a pool yet). I am suspecting a grass allergy or something like that.............but what do I do about it? He is a very active kid and keeping him off the grass isn't an option. I would prefer a natural treatment if possible, but I'll do anything to stop all this scarring that is happening.
The spots look like skin colored bumps (pencil eraser size), then get red and he itches them open. The sores stay small and ooze a little until they scab and he picks it---then it starts all over again.
A dermatologist gave us some salve, but said don't use it too much. Well, he would need it all the time so that did no good.

Thanks for the help!

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  • My son get's the same thing. It used to just happen in the summer, now it is year round. It is exactly as you describe. We have been to numerous doctors: primary care, dermatologists, rheumatologists, allergists-- none know what it is or how to treat it. We have been prescribed cortico steroids which don't help much and they tell us not to use but a little-- just like your son, he would need it all the time! The best luck we have had is this: soak the area in a mild vinegar solution with compresses for about 20 minutes. Allow to dry and then apply calendula oil to the spots. We do it two times a day. It doesn't stop the bumps from coming but it decreases the inflamation and keeps down the weepiness. I feel your pain believe me! Good luck. We have yet another apointment on Thursday so if we find something out I'll let you know.
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  • My son has mild seasonal allergies and in the last couple years has developed itchy spots on his arms and legs that open into sores. He picks them because they itch alot and now he is very scarred. It only happens in the summer (I thought it was from chlorine, but he hasn't been in a pool yet). I am suspecting a grass allergy or something like that.............but what do I do about it? He is a very active kid and keeping him off the grass isn't an option. I would prefer a natural treatment if possible, but I'll do anything to stop all this scarring that is happening.The spots look like skin colored bumps (pencil eraser size), then get red and he itches them open. The sores stay small and ooze a little until they scab and he picks it---then it starts all over again.A dermatologist gave us some salve, but said don't use it too much. Well, he would need it all the time so that did no good. Thanks for the help!Hello- My 11 year old son has been to pediatrician, dermatologist...no one can tell us what is wrong...my sons has the exact same symptoms...
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    • September 4, 2009
    • 09:34 PM
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