Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Jessica | 2008-12-07

Q.

Scarlet Fever - Flaky Skin

Hi,
My child was diagnosed with Scarlet fever about four weeks ago. She was quite sick, with a high fever and very bad rash. The skin then started to peel. It has now almost finished peeling on her hands and her feet. The problem I have is that her skin feels very " rough" . It is not as smooth as it was before. Also, when she plays alot during the day and starts to sweat, she starts itching. Some days, when the skin around her eyes flakes, her eyes becomes irritated as well.
When I look closely I can see the little flakes on her skin.

This is bothering me since I' m not sure if I can use any lotion except Aqueous to sooth her skin and help it heal faster. I' m not sure whether I' m too impatient, and how much time I should give her skin to heal, or should I rather take her to a dermatologist?

Than ks!

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

It is unusual for skin peeling following scarlet fever to persist for as long as 4 weeks. More likely is that your daughter had an illness which closely resembles scarlet fever called Kawasaki disease [look this up on Google]
There is no reason why you cannot use a moisturiser which is non-irritating such as Epimax to soften and smooth her skin.

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