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Please view photos of facial rash & HELP! Please

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  • Posted By: jenniferd812
  • May 21, 2008
  • 01:06 AM

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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  • Poor sweetie; the first picture, I'm impressed with the fact that there is a lighter area in the center, indicating a spider bite. Have you checked her room? It could be a brown recluse bite. Did she kiss anyone before she broke out; tell her to be honest.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you so much for your input. I have checked her room, stripped the bed, washed everything, vaccuumed and checked every inch of her room and haven't seen anything. If it were a spider bite, would she continue to get new spots on different areas of her face over a 6-week period? And, fortunately for me, she SWEARS she would never even think of kissing a boy. They are "gross" and she is only interested in them if they can play basketball or football with her!
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Poor sweetie; the first picture, I'm impressed with the fact that there is a lighter area in the center, indicating a spider bite. Have you checked her room? It could be a brown recluse bite. Did she kiss anyone before she broke out; tell her to be honest. Monsterlove, a brown recluse spider bite would cause a lot more than just a rash! That seems an unlikely diagnosis. MRSA is very resisitant to antibiotics. Please at the very least get her on a good quality PROBIOTIC with several strains of beneficial flora to get her intestinal flora back in balance. This is VERY important. You can find a probiotic at any good healthfood store, or online at www.vitacost.com. Yogurt is not enough to get the balance back. Also, consider trying the following topically: green tea, colloidal silver, an aloe product called Herbal Aloe Force skin gel. These are very good antimicrobial products. IMO dermatologist topical creams often are very expensive and not very effective. Can you look back and think of anything unusual your daughter did or took (medications) prior to this rash developing? DOM
    acuann 3080 Replies Flag this Response
  • These are pictures taken today. Notice how the cheeks are healing but there is new spot on her forehead.
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you, Acuann. I can't think of anything that would have caused this. Prior to the onset of the rash, she had not been on any medication or came in contact with anything new, that I am aware of. I will certainly take your advice on the Probiotics and antimicrobials. Thanks very much for your input!
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • I agree it could be MRSA, but just last week, I saw some pictures of brown recluse bite, and it was similar, causing tissue death and spreading. I think it's one or the other. Take her back to the doctor, since it is not clearing up, and discuss what he thinks about it being a spider bite.
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies Flag this Response
  • Thank you. I will discuss that possibility with the doctor and see what they think. Thanks again.
    jenniferd812 11 Replies Flag this Response
  • 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.Do you get this resolved?I learned something new about pediatricians and internist. They know very little about dermatology. Take your daughter to a dermatologist if it isn't resolved. If it is, next time your daughter or you have a skin lesion or rash go to a specialist. Would you go to a internist for an eye infection? No, you'd go to an ophthalmologist.
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