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Child have itchy bumps on hands, stomach and groin area. Noticed liquid from blisters. What is the treatment?

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My son has itchy bumps that started on the palms of his hands and spread up his arms to his stomach, groin and back area and to a lesser extent his legs and feet. Its been two weeks.. Some of the bumps form blisters with clear liquid in them, also little sores appear at certain spots on his body. Hes 12. We thought it was scabies and treated it with 10 percent sulfur cream for threedays two times a day. It went away but came back two weeks later. Any ideas? No fever, he says he feels fine with the exception of the itching. im going to send some pictures
Posted Thu, 21 Nov 2013 in Skin Hair and Nails
Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini 38 minutes later
Brief Answer: Itchy bumps,scabies,varicella,bacterial infection. Detailed Answer: Hi, Yes, you are right: sending in some pictures of lesions (hands, arms, body) will help identify the real diagnosis. Apart scabies, could be also varicella (chickenpox) or other bacterial skin infection. A physical exam would better diagnose it. Keep a hygiene and wash his clothes separately to others and monitor his temperature. Hope it helped! If you have further questions, do not hesitate to write me back! Dr.Sejdini
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Follow-up: Child have itchy bumps on hands, stomach and groin area. Noticed liquid from blisters. What is the treatment? 59 minutes later
Hi Doctor. Thank you for the response. Ive downloaded some pictures. The first time he got the this it looked different, alot more raised bumps on the stomach and back and hands and then it went away it would seem after the sulfur treatment. I came back two weeks later and has less little bumps and more sores. Also the sores on the face didnt happen the first time. We plan to take him in soon. any ideas what it could be. On more thing. When he got this the first time it started in the palms and outside of his hands and seemed to spead up his arms and then to the other parts of his body and there were a lot more bumps the first time. The bumps were concentrated and seemed to really want to be on his lower stomach, back, arms, elbows and hands. Alot of the little bumps had clear fluid sacks that would rupture from him scratching. This lasted about 2 weeks, when we put the sulfur cream on for three days it went away. Now its back but with less bumps and more sores. The pictures you see with the sores and redness around did not happen the first time he had this.The first time he had this there were a couple sores but they didnt look like the pics sent.
Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini 15 hours later
Brief Answer: Typical scabies bump,possible bacterial co-infecti Detailed Answer: Hi, The clinical symptoms of your sons (as seen in photos) together with the way of onset indicate for a possible scabies infection. Next, some of the itchy bumps might have become infected due to scratching. Please note that the infections would take time to disappear after taking proper hygienic and medical measures like washing his clothes and bed-clothes separately in hot water. You can send your son to consult a dermatologist and to start other oral or local drug treatment. Remember to treat other family members too to assure radical recovery from the infection. Hope fast recovery to your son! If you have more concerns, do not hesitate to contact me again! Dr.Sejdini
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