Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Astrid | 2017/08/18

Q.

Link between eczema after Scarlet Fever.

My 4 yr old developed scarlet fever on 9 july this year, between and after the skin peeled he has developed what I think is eczema all over his body, dry red, itchy patches on arms, legs, chest, back, neck and still has very dry skin throughout the body including scalp and face. Could this still be last effects of the scarlet fever or could the scarlet fever have caused eczema? what can I use to treat it? I have tried Epizone, coconut oil, Rooibos resque cream, Tar smelling eczema cream (chemist mix-no ingredient list). I do have advantan, can I use that? (He had just finished this treatment for eczema at the back of his knees when he got the scarlet fever, but it has never been as bad as what it is now all over his body

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician
- 2017/08/21

Scarlet fever usually causes peeling and drying of the skin. In children who already have eczema the skin dries out more than usual. You need to completely avoid using any soap when you bath your son. Use Epizone E instead of soap. After bathing him pat him dry with a soft towel and apply Epimax Cream all over.

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