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Suggest treatment for red rashes on face of a toddler

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Posted on Tue, 19 Jul 2016
Question: My 23 month old woke up with a bunch of red welts on his face. We thought they were hives. Doctor said bug bites. He didn't mention bed bugs but now I am freaking out that's what they are! Can you help me?
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Answered by Dr. Klarida Papaqako (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
A photo and some information needed.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thank you for using HCM to post your health query.

I read carefully your question.
Can you post a photo of your baby's skin in our system so I can have a look at them?

I will also need some more information in order to give a more accurate answer.
-- Are the lesions spread in other parts of the body other then the face?
-- Are those itchy or producing pus?
-- Does your baby have fever or other symptoms that affect his general condition?
-- Has he done all the vaccinations needed for his age?
-- Do other people in your family have similar lesions?
-- Does the place where you are living have mosquitos or other bugs that you have noticed? Why are you thinking of bed bugs, have you seen any?

Any bit of extra information counts so please let me know and I will be happy to advice accordingly.

Looking forward to your follow-up question.

Regards,
Dr. Papaqako

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Raju A.T
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Follow up: Dr. Klarida Papaqako (2 hours later)
How can I attach a photo?
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Answered by Dr. Klarida Papaqako (10 hours later)
Brief Answer:
If you cant upload picture please give me the other information.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thank you for the follow-up question.

You should have an option in your HCM page that allows you to upload a photo or more. It is there, just look around and explore the page.
If not, then please just give me the information and describe the lesions and I will try to understand and give an as possible accurate answer and advice that I hope will be helpful for you.

Regards,
Let me know.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Priyanka G Raj
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Follow up: Dr. Klarida Papaqako (22 minutes later)
He has several large red flat-ish bites on his face. They itch a little, not a ton. My concern is they are bed bugs because they appeared in the morning, so my theory is he got bit at night.
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Answered by Dr. Klarida Papaqako (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
The treatment is the same

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear XXXX,

I understand your concern. It makes sense that he might have been bitten during night, but those can be usual mosquito as well, or any other bugs, because they bite during night as well.

If the red lesions are only in the exposed areas, then most probably they are bug bites. Either if those are bed or flying bugs the treatment is the same.
In this case I would recommend using anti-itch cream, which will lower the redness and inflammation of the red lesions. From the anti-itch creams, use only one which has hydrocortisone 0.5%, very thin layer, once/day and not more then 1 week in a row.

If those lesions are in other parts of the body, which are covered by clothes, then it may be something else other then bug bites, so that is why I need the information I required above. I cannot help much if I don't have that information.

Let me know if you need more clarifications.

Regards.
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Suggest treatment for red rashes on face of a toddler

Brief Answer: A photo and some information needed. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for using HCM to post your health query. I read carefully your question. Can you post a photo of your baby's skin in our system so I can have a look at them? I will also need some more information in order to give a more accurate answer. -- Are the lesions spread in other parts of the body other then the face? -- Are those itchy or producing pus? -- Does your baby have fever or other symptoms that affect his general condition? -- Has he done all the vaccinations needed for his age? -- Do other people in your family have similar lesions? -- Does the place where you are living have mosquitos or other bugs that you have noticed? Why are you thinking of bed bugs, have you seen any? Any bit of extra information counts so please let me know and I will be happy to advice accordingly. Looking forward to your follow-up question. Regards, Dr. Papaqako