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Old 04-13-2011, 09:40 PM
 
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My daughter has a rash on her body and after tons of internet searching I am afraid it may be scabies.

It started on her face last week. Small white bumps. Her cheeks were red when I first noticed. I thought fifth's disease. The next morning (Friday) I sent her down to the school nurse. She called me that night and told me she looked fine and she didn't think it was fifth's disease. She mentioned the fact that scabies is going around school but told me that she checked my daughter and that was not what it looked like.

Well now the rash has spread. By this evening it was on her back and her arms forearms. We tried some benadryl at 7pm. I checked her at 11 and the rash has spread to her chest and upper arms and is starting on her stomach.

It is pretty slow spreading, its been a week since we first noticed it. I've been keeping a close eye on it and it hasn't changed at all in the spots where she first got the rash. They look like very small white pimples.

So I am freaking out because I've heard scabies is next to impossible to get rid of. Can anyone pat my head and tell me I am way off base or tell me if I am headed in the right direction and need to get cleaning?
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:42 AM
 
Location: Bucks, UK
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1) scabies is horrifically itchy - if this isn't the case for your daughter, its unlikely to be scabies

2) scabies is very readily treated, so even if it is, there is no great issue with dealing with it

3) diagnosing kids illnesses based on a limited description of a rash (of which there are hundreds of possible causes) over the internet is nigh impossible - if you are concerned get your child to a paediatrician.
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Old 04-14-2011, 06:56 AM
 
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Thanks kron. It hasn't been itching her. This morning she complained her back is itchy, but nothing intense. I am still taking her to the doc this morning. The idea of scabies really creeps me out. Same with lice, she almost got a severe hair cut when that was going around.

It might be time for homeschool.
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Old 04-14-2011, 08:11 AM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Little white bumps sounds like an allergy to her body wash or laundry soap. I would switch to a non-allergenic laundry detergent (one of the ones with "Free" in the name) and see if that clears it up. Remember to wash her sheets too.

We already dealt with a case of lice this year...my 5 year old got it, and my older daughter didn't, despite the fact that they share hairbrushes and they sleep in the same bed whenever I let them. It wasn't pleasant to deal with, but it wasn't the end of the world either...one treatment and several long combing sessions (with a metal comb) took care of the problem. I did cut her hair, just because I have fibromyalgia and my arms are so sore it's hard to comb long hair. I think the reason my older daughter didn't get it is that her hair is naturally oily.
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Old 04-14-2011, 11:39 AM
 
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Thanks for talking me down from the ledge. Should have stuck with Mom's instinct, the doctor said it is fifth's disease.
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Old 04-14-2011, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Newport, Rhode Island
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scabies has a distinct thin red line connecting many of the bumps. Use a magnifying glass and look for this sign. If you can't find this it may just be poison ivy.

or chicken pox ?

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Old 04-14-2011, 03:11 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Thanks for talking me down from the ledge. Should have stuck with Mom's instinct, the doctor said it is fifth's disease.
That's much better than scabies My kids had 5th disease before and of all the various childhood illnesses, it's the one with the least symptoms.
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