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Itchy contagious skin rash

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 24, 2010
  • 00:05 AM

This started with my two younger kids, they started getting extremely itchy to where they couldnt sleep at night. We took them to four Drs who all said it was eczema, then their grandparents got it, then my husband and I and our baby got it, so we knew it wasnt eczema, took them to the derm and she said it was scabies. Did the treatment, had no relief. Went to the health dept, they said they have no clue what it is but it doesnt look anything like scabies... Then i started putting a mixture of sarna and cetaphil lotion on them, and giving them an antihistimine every night. This has controlled it enough to where they can sleep, they are a LOT better, but we are all still quite itchy.

What it looks like is sparatic red bumps that look like pimples, there are only a few of these throughout the body, I have 4-5 baby has 4-5 etc, really nasty looking things. THen we also have little tiny itchy spots that are really hard to see, unless you are itching them. There are more of those, but still not a huge amt, but they cause pretty intense itching. The older kids had them EVERYWHERE, i have them on my waist, hip, arms, and back, and also I imagine i have a lot on my head because that is the most itchy part. My face also.

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  • Go look up "molluscum contagiosum on the cdc website. (See my post under that on this site too for info) They look like pimples or little warts sometimes, are itchy,& can cause red irritated rash in the surrounding area. Little kids are really prone to pick up the virus because they are always touching everything & rolling around with each other with skin-to-skin contact while playing. hope it clears up soon!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2010
    • 04:34 AM
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  • This started with my two younger kids, they started getting extremely itchy to where they couldnt sleep at night. We took them to four Drs who all said it was eczema, then their grandparents got it, then my husband and I and our baby got it, so we knew it wasnt eczema, took them to the derm and she said it was scabies. Did the treatment, had no relief. Went to the health dept, they said they have no clue what it is but it doesnt look anything like scabies... Then i started putting a mixture of sarna and cetaphil lotion on them, and giving them an antihistimine every night. This has controlled it enough to where they can sleep, they are a LOT better, but we are all still quite itchy.What it looks like is sparatic red bumps that look like pimples, there are only a few of these throughout the body, I have 4-5 baby has 4-5 etc, really nasty looking things. THen we also have little tiny itchy spots that are really hard to see, unless you are itching them. There are more of those, but still not a huge amt, but they cause pretty intense itching. The older kids had them EVERYWHERE, i have them on my waist, hip, arms, and back, and also I imagine i have a lot on my head because that is the most itchy part. My face also.Hey Just helping again...you might have hives and should treat it before it gets worse...i had them be4 and my mom used dried winter melon peels to boil in hot water to let me wash in them for two to three days and do not go out into the cold...then it will go away...its a chinese remedy that really works!! ^_^ Hope it works for you too!! ^_^
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2010
    • 06:50 AM
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  • From your meager description (don't take that personally - it's just meager is all), it certainly does not sound like molluscom or hives. Since it's spreading to others, then one must consider a communicative source. The most likely is scabies -- the 2nd most likely reason is bedbugs. What treatment did you do for scabies? How many times, and did everyone in the household get treated? Did you do the household eradication measures that are necessary when one has scabies? You need to inspect the mattresses of everyone involved for bedbugs. Check the underside and the seams, the bed rails, everything. Look for small black dots, which are the leavings of bedbugs. Juvenile bb's are extremely small but can be seen with the naked eye if your eyesight is good. Adult bb's can easily be seen, and look like apple seeds with legs. They are small and hide very easily, but they can be seen if you look well enough.
    Caladan 87 Replies
    • February 26, 2010
    • 02:41 AM
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  • From your meager description (don't take that personally - it's just meager is all), it certainly does not sound like molluscom or hives. Since it's spreading to others, then one must consider a communicative source. The most likely is scabies -- the 2nd most likely reason is bedbugs. What treatment did you do for scabies? How many times, and did everyone in the household get treated? Did you do the household eradication measures that are necessary when one has scabies? You need to inspect the mattresses of everyone involved for bedbugs. Check the underside and the seams, the bed rails, everything. Look for small black dots, which are the leavings of bedbugs. Juvenile bb's are extremely small but can be seen with the naked eye if your eyesight is good. Adult bb's can easily be seen, and look like apple seeds with legs. They are small and hide very easily, but they can be seen if you look well enough.Sorry, I did the best at explaining as I could. We did elmite for the scabies treatment, all family members did the treatment. I was told other than that all we had to do is wash the sheets/comforters and clothes that were worn. So thats pretty much all i did. We only did the treatment once, thats what the derm told us to do. I dont think its hives or the other thing either I have looked at pictures of both and it diesnt look like either. I have searched for bed bugs because I also suspected them and havent found anything.
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  • my family is having the exact same thing you describe! how did you resolve it??
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