My little son got red round spot on is leg and it is really dry what can that be

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Hannah - posted on 04/01/2009

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i personally dont think its ring worm.....
it may be just one of these infantile rashes that children gt....
known to us a viral rashes it some times gives us no clue to why its there.

but in any case, if it has been there for a few days i would deffinatly see the doctor.
for now i would aviod putting anything on it... incase it IS excema. excema is a very commen skin dissorder, espesially in children (known as infantile excema) it does some time continue in to adult hood however but i wouldnt worry as this is less commen.
there are many different types of excema.
excema can be dry, flaky or scaly.
this can cause the sufferer to feel that the skin is very tight, hot, burning or ichy!
'ICHY!' being the important word.... lol
children may wish to scratch but must try to resist as this can cause the excema to bleed, and worsen or it can and may spread infection.
try to keep the skin clean and mosturised.... if u must use over the counter products try to use plain WATER BASSED emoilients, such as E45 or Dipprobase... they can be bought from most chemists, but it will be one of the first things ur doctor will prescribe.
if the skin is weepy / skinless and swollen this can also be a symptom of excema
the skin may be dry, yet weepy, cracked swollen and very uncomfortable. this may be a sign of a servere reaction to something... aviod using purfumed soaps and biolodgical washing powder. keep the skin clean an moiseturised, you can try putting cotton gloves on at night, and cutting the finger nails.. this will protect u from ur self when ur asleep and cant resist...

the other thing that u may find, is that skin is tighter and dryer after baths showers or washing... this is because the water supplys from the local water board contain cloriene, and other problematic things.... im not saying dont wash. but some times a bath additive or emiolient can soften the water. these are also avialable over the chemist counter.... boots, superdrug etc OILATUM is one, its probably one of many, but in my expieience of the product i find it comfortable and very plain, doesnt smell awful like some but has very little u can react to. handy when your reacting to everything! including water!
so aviod swimming in the local pool.......! im not saying u cant but watch for symptons, and use ur intellegence. if it makes it worse it may have a high cloriene content, if it makes u bad dont do it.

well your little ones symptoms my be very little compared to the symptoms i have discribed, excema can be almost unoticible and never need more than a simple moisturiser occastionaly.
or it can be more suvere in some cases. often caused by an illergict reaction.....
there are some things u should consider doing if its not so suvere u need a doctor.... then ask u'r self a few questions.
have i changed my washing powder?
has my child played in the grass or on a dusty floor? hidden in a bush? often some plants can cause reactions
have they eaten anything unusual.
i would ask ure self about a few of the following because ppl react to alot of things... the most commen few i am aware of is.
eggs
milk & cheese
colourings. (food colourings can be found in everything, usually discribed as codes such as E4519 and E7725 the code can be anything there all colours)
some fruits and vegtables.... i know it sounds ridiculas but all are now possible suspects.. lol!
i personlly aviod red and orange fruit an veg..... not so much apples or carrots but......
i aviod strawberries, pinapples, tomatoes, beetroot, RED grapes, red pepper... also i find really spicy food can trigure things.....

i know u may feel like u have a life time of avioding things and u kind of do... but i regullaly eat the above ingreadients foods..... i just limit the bad stuff and gorge on the gd...... also... it may supprise some suvere sufferers that 'sweet potato' and 'a pear' are some of the lowest allergy foods..... when its so bad i worry about triggering another reaction i eat lots of them! also gd for wieght loss! hope this helps all excema sufferers!

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Sounds like eczema. My daughter had it every change of season for the first couple of years of her life but rarely gets it now (she's 4). The ped. prescribed the Cetaphil line - cleanser & cream moisturizer. And to use 1% hydrocortisone for the problem spots until they clear up. But I would consult your ped. first for a proper diagnosis of course.

Aidan - posted on 04/01/2009

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My little girl had a spot... looked like ringworm so i took her to the doctors... even he wasnt sure, prescribed me a cream to treat both (anti-fungal cream) it cleared up immediately so was only the starting of excema phew!

Lucia - posted on 04/01/2009

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My son had a similar spot on his arm at @ 6 months old. I used Aveeno Soothing Relief Moisture Cream, which claims it works for "infants or babies with extra dry, itchy skin, even dry skin from eczema." This cleared it up. I also insisted my Mom stop giving him citrus juices, which I've read can cause rashes if given too early to babies. 2 months later and still no problems for now!

Wendy - posted on 04/01/2009

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My son used to get those in fact when he was 2 when i explained it to his doctor over the phone they thought it was chicken pox.  I stayed home with him for two weeks and they did not scab over so i took him in.  They sent us to a dermatologist and found out it was excema or dry skin he gets it every winter now.  They gave us some medication to use during outbreaks and suggested that we use over the counter cetifil lotion on it.  That has helped tremendously along with non sented bubble bath and such.

Tracy - posted on 04/01/2009

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Both of my boys have excema. I have tried many things I find that Cetaphil moisturizing cream works the best. I buy the big 16 oz tub but they do sell a small tube. I highly recommend it.

Rachel - posted on 04/01/2009

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Yes i agree, sounds like eczema to me, 2 of my children have it. The doctors are usually very good giving you something for it. Over the counter can cost quite alot. My children use oilatum plus bath emolient for the bath, Oilatum cream, then i have Hydrocortisone which is a mild steroid cream, and also emolient 50 which is like vasoline. In the meantime before you get to the doctors as it can be irratating, Try e45 which doesn't cost much, I know that the bath emolient over the counter costs around £8 ish. Best get advise tho, Eczema can flair up at any time, it could just flair up with the heat, or like my son swimming irratates it more,  And it could react to wash powders/liquids. Sometimes it's not there at all. My eldest used to have it but does not suffer with it at all now since he was about 2, He is 10 now, Where as my 6 year old gets it quite bad on his legs. My 19 month old is showing signs of having it on her tummy xx

Lise - posted on 04/01/2009

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My daughter recently picked up scabies from daycare ( I always thought it was an STD. Who knew!?) It started with one spot and then she got a lot more. If he gets anymore spots, scabies could be a possibility.

Leah - posted on 04/01/2009

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Sounds like it could be ringworm. Some over-the-counter anti-fungal cream will clear it up if that's what it is.

Tara - posted on 04/01/2009

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it could be excema.   My son has excema and that is what it looks like sometimes. Try putting a good cream on it for a few days and if it doesn't get better I would call his pediatrician.

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