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Unexplained rash on 2 year old

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  • Posted By: LouiseB
  • April 22, 2008
  • 10:29 PM

My son started to develop a rash on his arms and face a week ago and it has progressed into full blown lumps all over his face, but nowhere else on his body, apart for the odd 2 or 3 on the lower part of his arms. These lumps seem to be a bit itchy to him, but otherwise he is perfectly fine. He has no difficulty breathing and shows no flu like symptoms, it is just the rash.

I took him to the doctor who could not explain it but put him on 3 day course of redipred and phenergen, but these had no effect but to make my son very irritable. I then took my son to the hospital where 3 more doctors looked at him and the best they could come up with was eczma.
I am sure it is not eczma as it is confined to his face and in no way looks like any eczma I have ever seen before.

The rash looks like little pimples and covers his whole face and in areas where they are built up it almost looks like a burn scar. It is very rough to touch.

I also have a daughter who has not caught whatever this rash is.

Both children are fully immunised.

Please help!! :confused:

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  • Im sure your son will probably be fine.. so many things can cause rashes... from allergies to viruses. Most of them clear up within a couple of weeks. What colour is the rash? Does rubbing a finger over it, affect it at all?
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • His rash is the colour of his skin normally, most of the time, but is quite red and seems worse when he wakes in the morning. It does not change when touched. Today his face also seems quite swollen as well as the rash.
    LouiseB 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Does he sleep on a feather pillow or have a special blanket or toy that he sleeps with? Some of the special toys that came from China have lead in them, so check those toys. There are some bath toys from China, too. Is he in day care? Did you change detergents/soaps? What does his face touch? The pillow, blanket, rug, couch, grass (??), not poison oak or the doctors would have caught that, right? Try eliminating food from his diet to rule out new food allergies, such as wheat, red dye, dairy. Maybe something he is drinking is causing this. Does he sleep with a dog/cat? Rub his face on them?
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • My son is also two years old and has been recently diagnosed with tonsillitis. However a few days after taking him to the doctors I noticed the same sort of rash developing on my son. It started on his legs around the knees and feet and since then he has got this rash that kind of reminds me of lots of warts just coming out of know where. When I took him back to the doctor because I thought he was having a reaction to the penicillin the Doctor told me that I shouldn’t worry it isn't anything to do with the antibiotics he then went to tell me that he believes it is something called Gionotti Crostie Syndrome and that is could last anything between 2 and 8 weeks but he is quite okay to go to school or nursery and that it isn't contagious. It hasn't stopped me worrying however I hope this helps you
    samie1609 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • My son started to develop a rash on his arms and face a week ago and it has progressed into full blown lumps all over his face, but nowhere else on his body, apart for the odd 2 or 3 on the lower part of his arms. These lumps seem to be a bit itchy to him, but otherwise he is perfectly fine. He has no difficulty breathing and shows no flu like symptoms, it is just the rash. I took him to the doctor who could not explain it but put him on 3 day course of redipred and phenergen, but these had no effect but to make my son very irritable. I then took my son to the hospital where 3 more doctors looked at him and the best they could come up with was eczma.I am sure it is not eczma as it is confined to his face and in no way looks like any eczma I have ever seen before. The rash looks like little pimples and covers his whole face and in areas where they are built up it almost looks like a burn scar. It is very rough to touch. I also have a daughter who has not caught whatever this rash is. Both children are fully immunised. Please help!! :confused:Louise B My son has the same thing he is 2 . WHat did it turn ou t o be ? when did it go away ?
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