My son, for the last week or so, has been complaining of headaches -- usually accompanied by a low-grade fever. Additionally, he has been sleeping more than usual, i.e. napping at every opportunity in the car etc.
Yesterday, he came to me and said he thought he had a mosquito bite on his back because it itched. But then when he scratched it (on the corner of a wall), it hurt. I looked at his back and up at the top, there were probably 50 tiny red bumps; it basically looked like a rash. This morning, it was the same. Chicken pox did not occur to me because he's been vaccinated, and it looked nothing like the pox at this point. By the end of the school day, however, his entire back was covered, and the bumps were somewhat bigger (still pretty small -- smaller than I believe chicken pox to be typically), and they look somewhat blister-like.
What I find to be interesting is that it's only on his back. It seems unlikely that it's an allergic reaction to something, because what would he have touched with his back only? I'm baffled. Could it be chicken pox? Though he has been vaccinated, I understand that about 15% of children still come down with them. Anyway, my son is 6. I plan to take him to the doctor tomorrow if not better. In the meantime, any information would be appreciated. Thanks!
I am just guessing here. I am not a doc, but oculd it be a heat rash? I know when my kids had chicken pox, they first get them in the hot places and then they spread. You would know if it was chicken pox i guess is what i am trying to say. The pustules are rather large. I know I have gotten an allergic reaction to soap or whatever in only one or two places, not the whole body. Call the doc or stop i nto see him if you are really worried. I would use calamine on him other than that and oatmeal baths
Toot Toot, do you think your son may have been bitten by a tick? Ticks are very prevalent this time of year. Does his rash look like Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or any Lyme rash? It is always good to get photos of any rashes, so you have documentation of them. They may change or fade by the time you see the doctor. Place something near them, like a coin or ruler, to give them size defintion.
Not everyone who has a tick-borne illness gets a rash, but his symtpoms could be attibuted to Lyme disease. Flu-like symptoms this time of the year are often caused by Lyme disease. Lyme disease is a multi-system bacterial infection caused from the bite of an infected tick.
Below is a Lyme disease symptom list. You can have any combination of symptoms.
Unexplained fevers, sweats, chills, or flushing
Unexplained weight change--loss or gain
Fatigue, tiredness, poor stamina
Unexplained hair loss
Testicular pain/pelvic pain
Unexplained menstrual irregularity
Unexplained milk production: breast pain
Irritable bladder or bladder dysfunction
Sexual dysfunction or loss of libido
Change in bowel function-constipation, diarrhea
Chest pain or rib soreness
Shortness of breath, cough
Heart palpitations, pulse skips, heart block
Any history of a heart murmur or valve prolapse?
Joint pain or swelling
Stiffness of the joints, neck, or back
Muscle pain or cramps
Twitching of the face or other muscles
Neck creeks and cracks, neck stiffness, neck pain
Tingling, numbness, burning or stabbing sensations, shooting pains
Facial paralysis (Bell's Palsy)
Eyes/Vision: double, blurry, increased floaters, light sensitivity
Ears/Hearing: buzzing, ringing, ear pain, sound sensitivity
lncreased motion sickness, vertigo, poor balance
Confusion, difficulty in thinking
Difficulty with concentration, reading
Forgetfulness, poor short term memory
Disorientation: getting lost, going to wrong places
Difficulty with speech or writing
Mood swings, irritability, depression
Disturbed sleep-too much, too little, early awakening
Exaggerated symptoms or worse hangover from alcohol
Realize that no Lyme test is completely reliable, and the one most doctors run first the ELISA or titer is the least reliable.
If you think this may be a possibility, I can give you further information. I hope your little guy feels better soon.
Wow...thanks to you all for the wonderful responses!
The rash is still there today, although it's gotten lighter in color and seems to have decreased insofar as number of bumps. I was going to let it go if it seemed to be on the mend by today, but what some of you are suggesting has me concerned. I will take him to the doctor this afternoon.
Yes, Ticker, I would definitely like any additional information that can be provided regarding the Lyme disease etc. Thanks again!
Hi Toot Toot. I think it is a good idea to have him checked out. How did the appointment go?
Ticks are very prevalent at this time of the year. Many people are bitten without knowing it because they are tiny and inject a numbing agent so you cannot feel them on you. Besides Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, ticks can transmit several co-infections including Babesiosis, Ehrlichiosis (HME & HGE), Bartonella, and Mycoplasma. Many people who have Lyme are co-infected, and it may affect treatment choice and progress.
Where are you located? The best Lyme pediatrician in the country is Dr. Charles Ray Jones in New Haven, CT. If you think it is possible your son may have this, I suggest calling his office for advice. He and his staff are wonderful. They would probably be willing to consult with your son's pediatrician regarding testing and treatment.
Hi Toot Toot. I am not a Lyme specialist but someone who had to research and learn as much as possible after becoming severely ill from a tick bite. Doctors could not find out what was wrong with me. I was being tested for Lupus, MS, TB. I was told there was no way I could have Lyme disease because it does not exist in my area, when in fact Lyme is the second fastest-growing infectious disease in the US after AIDS and the number one vector-borne disease in the US. It is in every state. Ticks are everywhere. Despite this, the majority of the medical profession is ignorant about its prevalence and seriousness. People often become much sicker because it takes so long to get diagnosed.
I did indeed have Lyme plus four other tick-borne illnesses! It took me several months to get diagnosed by an out-of-state doctor and I was about 5% alive. Had I not persisted in finding out what was wrong, I would not be here now. I am on a mission to educate people about tick-borne illnesses. There are many children who have tick-borne illnesses also and it breaks my heart. Children are at the highest risk because they spend so much time outside. Lyme disease can also be passed through pregnancy if the mother is infected.
If you are intested in learning more, there is an excellent book called "Everything You Need To Know About Lyme Disease (2nd edition)" by Karen Vanderhoof-Forschner. It describest different ticks, how to check for ticks, tick-borne illnesses, how to protect yourself and property from them.
In my opinion, the public and medical communities need to be educated about these diseases to create awareness and to help those who are infected to get proper treatment early in the infection.