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Impetigo??!! Whatever!

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  • Posted By: pharmtech28
  • September 29, 2008
  • 05:45 AM

My son who at the time was 7 months old woke up one morning with what looked like the beging stages of pink eye. He took a nap later that day and when he awoke he looked like it was just a stye. At the time we didn't have insurance so we went and got some over the counter stye treatment. By the next morning he had this awful red rash surrounding his eye. We took him to the er where they just looked at him and said it was impetigo and prescribed some cream to clear it up. We waited a day to let the cream work but it only became worse. It was completly around his eye and moving down his cheek. His little eye was so swollen he couldn't open it.I then took him to his dr who suggested it might be herpes simplex and had to refer us to an eye specialist. He ran some test and thought it was herpes simplex but still wasn't sure and prescribed him a medication that had been discontinued years earlier and had us go to a child eye specialist that was 2 hours away. To make things worse he cursed me out for not being able to get the medication that had been discontinued. By the time it was all said and done they did discover it was herpes simplex and if it had gone on any longer he would have gone blind. Whereas most people get cold sores around there mouth my son gets them in his eye. We luckily now know what to look for when he starts to get one. To make a long story short our horrible experiance could have been avoided if the er dr that treated him would have taken a little more time.

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