Saturday, May 31, 2008

Name That Rash



It wasn't heat rash after all. Thursday morning she woke up covered from head to toe, including her palms and the soles of her feet. It bothers her some, but not too much. Being Gloria, she was still full of smiles and giggles. She spiked a fever of 103.2F in the afternoon. And Ezra had a slight rash too. I checked the other kids and nearly all of them were running a fever in the 99.5-100.5 range. Yet everyone felt fine. I called the doctor, but we didn't see him until today. Meanwhile, Clark, Joy and Sam ended up with high fevers and Grace has swollen glands in her neck. Whatever it is, they all got exposed at the same time it seems.

Knowing we don't immunize, the doctor went through every possible childhood rash and ruled them all out. In the end, he couldn't figure out what it is either, other than a virus, and just advised us to avoid spreading it by waiting 24 hours after the fever ends to go anywhere. He wasn't worried about her since other than being spotty she's fine.

Melissa

7 comments:

carlie said...

im so sorry Get well soon!!!

Thomas Supercinski said...

This looks quite similar to what our two year old had a couple of weeks ago. Our doc said it was 'hand, foot, mouth disease', a common childhood virus that most kids get. You might check her mouth/throat for small, white-ish spots. Our doc said general miserableness and a high fever can accompany it, but that it would all pass in a week or so, and it did.

Melissa Nelson said...

Thanks Thomas. I looked that up and it's not it at all. The doctor had checked her mouth pretty closely and didn't find anything. I keep asking the kids if there is any sore throat at all and they all say no. Their mouths are fine. The rash on their skin is more flat with a few raised bumps that are red. There are no blisters. Gloria is the only one who had any spots on her hands and feet at all and they were all flat spots.

I just heard today that a friend's grandson had measles right here in town in January. The incubation period isn't that long so we obviously didn't get measles from him. But it does still exist. And the kids' symptoms seem to fit it perfectly . . .

Audrey said...

Could it be Roseola? My friend here in towns little 9 month old just got over it.

Melissa Nelson said...

Hmm. It could be Roseola. I just compared symptoms of roseola and measles an while what they have fits the measles symptoms closer, roseola sounds close. I wish it fit roseola closer because according to what I just read, they are not contagious any longer when they begin to exhibit symptoms. We really want to go to Grammy and Grampy's house this weekend!

Klahn Family said...

Is there any chance it could be Fifth Disease? Our kiddos had this a few years ago.

Just a thought,
Gina
A fellow MOMYS

Melissa Nelson said...

Well, it's over now. We had thought about Fifth Disease, but the rash didn't look right.

But who knows what it was? I'm just glad it's over. And whatever it was, we should now be immune, right? No booster shots needed.