Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Edie | 2012-07-17


Friend''s daughter

Dear Prof

One of my colleagues (C) has a 6 yr old daughter. She had chickenpox about 3 weeks ago. Early last week she got a new rash on her upper thigh. She complained all the time that it hurts and couldn’ t sleep. Her parents are struggling financially, so they did’ t act immediately. The rash got worse (her bum, inner thigh) and so did the pain. The school phoned C on Friday to come and fetch her daughter. She finally took her to the GP who diagnosed it as shingles. Apparently kids don’ t get shingles, but the Dr conferred with his colleagues, who confirmed it.

[She is experiencing a lot of stress as her father, who she is very close to, got a job in another province and last week their neighbour’ s house burned down killing one of the children].

They prescribed Famvir and Trepiline 10mg. Over the weekend her mom struggled to get her daughter to take the meds, because she was spitting it out and last night finally the trepiline stayed in. She then completely passed out within 10 minutes. She is going back to the GP today for further testing (he is doing it pro bono), but what is your take on this?

Thank you

Expert's Reply



It is very possible that this diagnosis is correct and that your friend's daughter does have shingles. Young children can certainly get shingles [also known as herpes zoster] Shingles as you know can be very painful. She is on the correct treatment.Stress is one of the main triggers of shingles.

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