Childhood Diseases

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Posted by: Anna-Marie | 2008-11-04

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Rash and Fever

My 4 year old had fever and a rash on his back, rushed to hospital saturday evening and doctor said it is just fever and could not explain rash. Saturday rash moved to front and monday 04h00 rushed him back to hospital with fever, dr said it is heat rash and fever, rash was clearing up. last night he was clear of rash, no fever and slept through. however 01h00 this morning my 6 year old had a bad fever, he went to school and school phoned 10h00 he has another bad fever, my mom picked him up and he now has a rash on the back. Phoned creche to find out if they ate or did anything different, they said the rash and fever is a virus that has been going around, most kids has had it. it is because of the heat. they get the fever, then the rash, which spreads and fever stop, rash stop and then they are fine, there is no treatment, no other symptoms and no other explanation. we live in Meyerton in Vaal triangle and this sound like a funny virus. any comments??

Expert's Reply

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Paediatrician

This illness, because that is what this is, is probably caused by a viral infection.The rash is very unusual being found only on the back and also on your younger son's chest. This is not due to a heat rash or an allergy.A heat rash does not cause a fever like this. Unfortunately I am not able to inform you which kind of virus this is likely to be as I have not seen the rash.

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Posted by: Audrey | 2008-11-05

My daughter developed a fever, and the following day had a rash on her stomach, it looked like German Measles, even the Dr. diagnosed it as that, until the blood test revealed it wasn' t, so it was put down to a ' viral illness' , the fever continued for 5 days, and the rash moved up to under her chin, when it reached her chin (became very itchy) the stomache rash began to clear, however, the rash under the chin looked like sunburn, by the 5th day the rash was gone, but under her chin she was left with dry spots of skin. There seems to be a lot of ' funny things'  going around this year, and for some reason they get called ' viral illnesses'  - which is quite frightening to think that they do not have a specific name, therefore, how do we know what symptom to expect next..Scary stuff !

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