Childhood Diseases

Posted by: Mattsmom | 2010-10-01


Son - exema?

My son (4) has quite a bad rash in the fold of his neck for the last couple of months- we took him to the pharmasist who recons it is definately exema. He also advised us that it would be quite difficult to treat and gave us 2 cortisone based creams which have 2 be mixed to use for 5 days (mylocort cream and I forget the name of the other cream- zopitone or something like that)
The rash clears rather quickly but as soon as I stop using the cream the rash reappears in a few days again.

It now appears to have spread to his face, with dry patches on either side of his mouth (the size of half my palm)
It''s itchy and obviously irritates him quite a bit and his face and neck are an ugly red especially after he has had a bath.
We''ve tried bactroban as well and it has had no effect.

We are a family who suffers quite a bit with allergies - astma, hayfever on my side of the family.
Can this be sucessfully treated?

Expert's Reply



This is unlikely to be eczema especially as it started on your son's neck. Eczema at this age is usually on the folds of the arms and legs. Eczema usually starts earlier in chilhood than at 4 years. The red rash on either side of his mouth is also unlikely to be eczema. He has failed to respond to cortisone ointments which is unusual for eczema.It is difficult to be sure without being able to see him but the rash sounds like a fungal infection,possibly a form of ringworm. Apply Canestan Cream twice daily to the rash. If it does not clear up after 10 days of regular use of the Canestan Cream then he should be seen by a dermatologist.

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