Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Lizelle | 2012-10-04


beauty spots

We moved to the Cape 3 years ago. Since then beauty spots (flat brown spots) have appeared on our entire families skin. I''ve always thought it was due to sun exposer, but these are appearing everywhere even on the kids buttocks. And my in-laws, that also made this move, has noticed the same. Talking to friends around here all their kids have tons of these beauty marks. What could possible cause this?

Expert's Reply



These are not beauty spots but a skin rash called 'papular urticaria' The spots are an allergic reaction to the bite of Cape sand fleas. A single bite can lead to dozens of these spots developing and they can persist of up to 3 months at a time. Children usually grow out of this problem after the age of 6 or 7 years. Give your children Vitamin B1 tablets once daily for 3 months. This is called Thiamine HCL and the dose is 50mg daily for 3 months.Eventually the sand fleas will no longer bite your children.

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Posted by: FYI | 2012-10-08

It would be better for you to start a new post, just refer to this one.... The Pead does not come back to read your replies.

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Posted by: Lizelle | 2012-10-05

Thank you. I''ve just looked at articles on papular urticaria, but these don''t look like the images shown or the discriptions. It never itched and us adults are also getting tons of these (even more than the kids do). And these spots aren''t going away after 3 months. Overtime a specific spot seems to get bigger

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