Chicken pox for 4 months?? Please help!

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My 4 year old son started to get red bumps back in November. He didnt have fever, but the bumps looked a lot lick chicken pox so I just assumed that would be it. He got a few new ones ever day but not loads and loads, and then it didnt ever really go away. After about 3 weeks I began thinking maybe he had bed bugs or fleas- which didnt seem likely as our daughter shares the bed and hadnt had any bumps- but I went thought the routine of deconatminating the room.

Anyway things seemed to get a bit better over christmas and only 1 or 2 new bumps showed up every couple of days.

Then three weeks ago, the bumps started coming up like crazy. They do resemble chicken pox in how they look- they start off looking like mosquito bites- red and puffy with a white centre, then by the end of the day they are small and red. Some of them develop little blisters and within a couple of days they are scabbed over- really, just like chicken pox.

BUT the thing is, they arent in usual chicken pox places- none under the arms, in the groin etc- most are on his neck, back, arms and legs. AND this has been going on for 4 MONTHS!!

The doctor thinks that it is likely chicken pox or a related virus, but I just dont understand how that could be- and they just keep coming- we are still getting 5-10 new ones every day- and the poor little boy is SO ITCHY!!

Does Anyone have any idea what on earth could be happening?? I really am at the end of my teather and I feel so sorry for the little guy.

Thanks in advance!

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    Hello Emily, your GP ought to refer your little boy to a Dermatologist.

    Have a look at DermNet NZ

    See if you can find a picture that is similar to your son's rash.  Start with chicken pox and then see where it takes you

    Your GP ought to give your son an antihistamine to help with the itching.  I don't know whether calamine lotion would help.  You have to be so careful with drugs and small children but calamine lotion should help a little

    Are you in the UK?

     

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    Dear Emily, hope your son gets cure soon, it is not feasible for chicken pox to last long for 4 months, has your son has history of Gluten sensitivity? or Caeliac disease? please bear in mind bed bugs, body lice, scabies and dermatitis herpeticum...
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    It could be any number of different rashes. Staph bacteria can cause bumps that resemble chicken pox. Also, long lasting cases of chicken pox and measles are not uncommon, especially if your child has an allergy to the particular virus. I had a case of measles that lasted from March-July of last year, and I was miserable with the fever and all.

    Is your child showing any other chicken pox symptoms? Are any of the bumps fluid filled? Forming blisters? Scabbing over? Or are they just kind of disappearing? If you are not seeing the blisters and scabbing over, it's likely a virus in the chicken pox family, but not the chicken pox. Something else to keep in mind is that there are two different strains of chicken pox, and it's possible for a child to get both of them, and I've been around cases where a child gets them back to back. If this is the case, then it will last longer and look like one big chicken pox outbreak.

    I would definitely recommend a dermatalogist if you can get your child to one. They can definitely recommend what is the best course of action. If it is staph infection, you will want to start treating it a.s.a.p. to avoid it spreading to others. 

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    Hi everyone-

    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply!

    I went back to GP again and they changed their mind to it possibly being a bacterial infection- they prescribed me a cortisone cream, which does seem to help clear up the already existing bumps, however there do seem to still be new ones coming up every day- although only a couple.

    I've followed some of the links you have suggested- the gluten allergy / celiac possibility is an interesting one, and although I don't think he had any allergies perhaps this is the next logical step to our investigation! I'll be taking him in this week to request a visit to the dermatologist....

    Many thanks again for everyone's input!

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      Hi Emily,

      I came across this old post and am curious what you discovered as I have a one year old daughter with something just as you describe with your son (although she doesn't seem to be itchy).  I haven't found an answer online or with her doctor.  Please let me know if you found out what it was or anything that helped.  Thanks!

       

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    Hi, my daughter has the same thing, but again, no itching. It's been 2 months. It started with just a few bumps a day on her limbs or torso. But yesterday it started spreading and now it's everywhere. We've been to see multiple doctors and nothing! Did you ever see a dermotologist as that is our next step?

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    Hello,

    I’m curious what happened as well on this.  My three year old had these appear 4 weeks ago. We thought ant bites since we know there were no fleas or bedbugs and no fever.  They crusted over but still had a very hard time going away.  Almost 5 weeks later he got a fever for two days and then new bumps showed up on his belly.  Now I know they are not bugs because there is no way no one else in the house is not getting them and I assumed chicken pox from the fever.   I kept him home all week with no more fever and bumps crusted over finally.   He is now getting more.......   Dr only can say that my guess is as good as mine?   I’m close to taking him to the children’s hospital in Philadelphia since they are all specialists and would figure it out quick 

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    My son had had this same thing for almost 3 months. It's all over!! I'm waiting on the results of his biopsy right now. But same thing. I'm so worried. It's even on his face now. And children are starting to make fun of him. Any news on your situations?

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