Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Don’t worry it’s just eczema....Oh sorry it’s actually Scarlet Fever


So RD was quite ill a couple weeks ago. He had what seemed like a bad cold and kept complaining of a sore throat. Because he also had 2 back teeth coming through I thought it was all linked to that. Then a rash appeared on his face and very quickly spread to the rest of his body. Now I recognised the rash as I’d had the exact same thing in December when I went to Barbados, it’s horrible and feels like sandpaper, but I just assumed it was a combination of a bad heat rash and my body reacting to the fact that I was quite run down.
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So as I’d had the rash I knew how to treat it and mixed up the same cream I used on myself which included Hydrocortisone, Bepanthan and Aloe Vera gel. I then dabbed calamine lotion all over him. So as the days went on the rash started to spread even more and was looking inflamed, especially around the groin area, that’s when I was like, OK, this is a lot worse than mine, he needs to go doctors.
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So because I couldn’t wait a week or two for an appointment we went as walk in patients where I was told by both a nurse then a doctor that it was just eczema. So they gave me a cream to bathe him in and said he was fine to go into school on the Monday (as I’d had him off school for a couple days the week before) So on the Monday something wasn’t sitting quite right with me and I knew it wasn’t eczema but didn’t know what it was. So I did what anyone would do... googled it :) which is when it started sounding like he actually had scarlet fever. So I took him back to the doctors where a different doctor confirmed immediately that he had scarlet fever and shouldn’t be at school.
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So the doctor gave RD antibiotics and we had to wait 24 hours before he could go back to school but I kept him off school for a few days just to be on the safe side. The antibiotics kicked in quite quickly and he got better but once the rash cleared, peeling and flaking started, especially around his groin area, it looked terrible and the sight of it really upset RD (as you know how much boys love their penis lol) The peeling then continued for another week while I continued to bathe him in a special cream and cream him with some kinda steroid cream that the doctor prescribed.
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What really annoys me is how a doctor can misdiagnose such an obvious illness, like if I would’ve left it RD could’ve got really sick and had serious complications. Another thing that pisses me off is the fact that I’m now thinking that Cali had it back in November (although it didn’t spread as much as RD’s) and once again the doctor said it was simply eczema. So because it wasn’t treated, I probably caught it from her in December then probably passed it to RD.
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It’s mad! I know doctors are overworked and underpaid but I already don’t trust them because they’ve misdiagnosed me on very serious potentially dangerous things and they’re continuing to do it. I think as a mum you know your child and most of the time your gut feeling is normally correct so never be afraid to disagree with a doctor or to demand a second opinion or referral.

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