Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
164 Doctors are Online

Child has boils on back that started itching and spreading from neck to shoulder. Suggest?

Feb 2013
User rating for this question
Very Good
Answered by

Practicing since : 2002
Answered : 3176 Questions
Hi Doctor,

My son is 3.5 year old and we observe some sort of boils on his back from 2 days. He started feeling the ich only from today mnorning. Also, when we observed it the boils have increased 4 to 8to9. It is spread from the down portion of his neck to the right shoulder. Could you help us understand what this could be what steps we need to take for this skin problem.
Posted Wed, 2 Oct 2013 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. E Venkata Ramana 22 hours later
Brief Answer:
looks like bacterial or viral.calamine application

Detailed Answer:

Thank you for your query on Healthcare Magic.

The boils on his back on neck and shoulder could be due to infections.

Chicken pox will present with boils filled with clear fluid initially and later they will be cloudy and then transforms into bloody crusted lesions. Thes lesions usually associated with itching and there may be fever.

Another possibility is bacterial skin infection such as impetigo. In this the lesions present as vesicles and they are contagious means they will spread to other parts of body and to other persons through the contact with fluid.

For itching, you can apply a plain calamine containing lotion externally ove the skin boils thrice daily for soothing effect on skin. An oral antihistamine such as cetrizine or hydroxyzine can be given in prescribed dose if the itching is intense.

Trim her nails and clean them as a measure to prevent scratching of the lesions and to prevent secondary bacterial infection of the skin leisons.

Maintain strict hands hygiene by washing her hands to prevent the spread of infection tp other parts of body and to others if it is due to some bacterial infection.

And I advise you to consult the pediatrician for clinical examination to diagnose the skin condition and to advise specific management.

Hope I have answered your query, if you have any clarification please let me know.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions

The user accepted the expert's answer

Ask a Pediatrician

© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor