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12 Year Old, Recurring Facial Rash (photos attatched)

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  • Posted By: jenniferd812
  • May 20, 2008
  • 11:17 PM

6 weeks ago my daughter woke up with what looked like a rug burn on her cheek. 2 days later it had spread to her other cheek. She saw her peditrician and was given Keflex (orally) and Bactroban ointment. He thought it might be a staph infection. While on the meds, she got 2 new spots on her forehead. After 10 days, it started to clear up but then came right back (in different spots) but always on her face, only. We have now seen 2 peditiricians and 2 dermatologsts. She just finished her 3 round of oral antibiotics (Duricef and Cipro) and is now using a new ointment, Altabax. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Please view attatched photos. Also, the rash does not hurt or itch, it jsut looks horrible.

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  • Has she been tested for an std? people with the mid to late stages of syphilis and gonorrhea... sometimes stds are hereditary and they are recieved through intercourse (of course) :rolleyes: but id check for that too! have they ruled out exsema? one of my younger siblings had it. it started out on her face them it spread to the back of her legs and her stomach. if they havent ruled it out yet ask them to check because that is defineatly an option! keep me updated, jessica
    wishin_4a_baybi_17 9 Replies Flag this Response
  • They have not tested for an STD, God forbid! I feel confident that she has not been sexually active. I have been tested for both STD'S that you mentioned and I was negative for both. The doctors don't think it is eczema either. I feel it must be something she is allergic to but have not been able to determine what it is yet. Despite changing soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, etc.. it still continues. Thanks for your input. I have made her an appointment with another ped dermatologist but they can't see her until July 1, so in the meantime...we just have to wait and try to figure it out on our own, I guess!
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Of course it's not a STD...I don't think you can wait until the first; tell the dermatologist you need to see him immediately... you have to read this story about the 11 year old: http://www.highway60.com/mark/brs/casestudy_rashes.asp here's some brown recluse bites: http://z.about.com/d/urbanlegends/1/0/x/A/day_5_sm.jpghttp://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_brown_recluse_bite3.htm http://z.about.com/d/urbanlegends/1/0/6/B/day_4_sm.jpghttp://z.about.com/d/urbanlegends/1/0/7/B/day_3_sm.jpghttp://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_brown_recluse_bite2.htm
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank-you, Blaze and Monsterlove. I found all of the info quite interesting and have printed some of the articles and will share them with her doctor. Hopefully, it will help them make a diagnosis. On a positive note, I feel fortunate that at least her rash doesn't look like anything like those unfortunate photos in the articles I read. I pray her rash doesn't progress into that before they figure out what she has. Thanks again for all your help.
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Keep us posted here when they find out what it is.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • i certainly will. :)
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • i certainly will. :)I WAS WONDERING IF YOU FOUND OUT WHAT THE RASH IS?? I have a daycare child that has this same type of rash under her lip to her chin area, Started out dry and white like a rug burn and now is brown and scabbed looking. Looks terrible.. She is only 3 so I have no clue. We though it may be from cranberry juice since its around her mouth area. What did your doc say and I hope she is better.
    avonlady00 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • By the time we saw the pediatric dermatologist, my daughter's face had "temporarily" cleared up. However, based on all of the photos I took the doctor seemed to think that it is quite possibly a yeast infection. She also thought it might be related to the fact that my daughter is starting puberty and the hormone changes could be a factor. At the time of our visit, my daughter had a lot of acne and the doctor said that could be related also. So, we didn't receive a definitive diagnosis but she prescribed Doxycycline, an antiboitic, to be taken twice daily for 6 months. We were also directed to wash her face frequently throughout the day, especially after exercise. So far her face hasn't had any rash outbreaks since we started the medicine. Hopefully, we won't have anymore! For your daycare child, have you considered impetigo? Does it ever get crusty?
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Please Please I have to talk to you, my daughter looks just like yours.Her rash started when she was 13 and she is now 18. no one knows what is the matter with her.we don't know where to turn. her rash comes and goes also and she has some joint pain in the knees.When i look at the pics of your daughter it is like looking at my daughter. my email is dianehayle416@msn.com thank you again
    dish11 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • i really need to talk to you. my daughter looks the same as yours , it is like looking in the mirror. she is 18 now but it started when she was 13. Her rash comes and goes. some times it can last for weeks or some times it can last for just a day.quote=jenniferd812;109372]By the time we saw the pediatric dermatologist, my daughter's face had "temporarily" cleared up. However, based on all of the photos I took the doctor seemed to think that it is quite possibly a yeast infection. She also thought it might be related to the fact that my daughter is starting puberty and the hormone changes could be a factor. At the time of our visit, my daughter had a lot of acne and the doctor said that could be related also. So, we didn't receive a definitive diagnosis but she prescribed Doxycycline, an antiboitic, to be taken twice daily for 6 months. We were also directed to wash her face frequently throughout the day, especially after exercise. So far her face hasn't had any rash outbreaks since we started the medicine. Hopefully, we won't have anymore! For your daycare child, have you considered impetigo? Does it ever get crusty?
    dish11 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • I don't know if you are receiving this but my daughter looks just like yours. I really need to speak with you .. thank you in advance6 weeks ago my daughter woke up with what looked like a rug burn on her cheek. 2 days later it had spread to her other cheek. She saw her peditrician and was given Keflex (orally) and Bactroban ointment. He thought it might be a staph infection. While on the meds, she got 2 new spots on her forehead. After 10 days, it started to clear up but then came right back (in different spots) but always on her face, only. We have now seen 2 peditiricians and 2 dermatologsts. She just finished her 3 round of oral antibiotics (Duricef and Cipro) and is now using a new ointment, Altabax. Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions? Please view attatched photos. Also, the rash does not hurt or itch, it jsut looks horrible.
    dish11 4 Replies Flag this Response
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  • By the time we saw the pediatric dermatologist, my daughter's face had "temporarily" cleared up. However, based on all of the photos I took the doctor seemed to think that it is quite possibly a yeast infection. She also thought it might be related to the fact that my daughter is starting puberty and the hormone changes could be a factor. At the time of our visit, my daughter had a lot of acne and the doctor said that could be related also. So, we didn't receive a definitive diagnosis but she prescribed Doxycycline, an antiboitic, to be taken twice daily for 6 months. We were also directed to wash her face frequently throughout the day, especially after exercise. So far her face hasn't had any rash outbreaks since we started the medicine. Hopefully, we won't have anymore! For your daycare child, have you considered impetigo? Does it ever get crusty?The first thing I thought of when I saw the photos was impatago....let me know if they think so
    jennybean 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • No, they don't think it is impetigo. They did treat it as if it were impetigo at one point but the medication did not work.
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Logan's rash had been gone for several months until just last week. Ironically, this is the same time of year that it started last year. Still, after 6 doctors, nobody seems to have any idea what it is! The attatched pictures are from her most recent "outbreak."
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • I see it has been a few years since you have commented. Did your daughter ever clear up completely? My daughter broke out 4 months ago with one spot then 2 more. After a round of ATB it was gone. Now its back but where the third spot had appeared. Just wondering if hers ever did that or if they were just all over. If she did get over it, what was the treatment?
    choffer 1 Replies Flag this Response
  • Although it has been a few years since my last post, my daughter is now 17 years old and STILL has "outbreaks" at least 4 or 5 times a year. She only ever got them on her face. One cheek, both cheeks or on her forehead...sometimes all 3 places at the same time. No treatment has ever been found to work for her. Oral antibiotics, steroids, creams, ointments, acyclovir for herpes did not work nor prevent them. Most recently the doctors thought maybe they were caused by stress or anxiety and they put her on Prozac, 30 mg daily, but that hasn't worked either. The only thing I have determined is that there is NO rhyme or reason to when she gets one. I have kept detailed logs aboput everything she eats, where she goes, detergent, soap, seasons, weather, sleep habits, everything...and I can find NOTHING that seems to trigger an "outbreak". WE have seen over 10 doctors from all kinds of specialties and each one THINKS they know how to treat it but nothing has worked and she still has outbreaks. No diagnosis has ever been made that proved to be true. I am sorry your child is having the same issue. Hopefully, you will have better luck at finding a diagnosis and/ or treatment. Good luck and if you do get a diagnosis I would really appreciate hearing what you find out! Thanks
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • No they have never found out what is wrong with my daughter and she still suffers from it today. The outbreaks are a little less frequent but now that she is 22 and lives on her own it makes it very hard for her to find a job and keep it because of her illness. I hope your daughter feels better soon and you some kind of answers. My heart breaks for you because I know how yous feel.
    dish11 4 Replies Flag this Response
  • Were any of these children's fathers or grandfathers in the Vietnam war?
    Anonymous 1 Replies Flag this Response
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