Blisters on Childs Arms??

Updated on June 16, 2011
H.D. asks from Allen, TX
7 answers

Hi all,

Since my child isn't running a fever the doctor is putting off seeing her and I'm a little grossed out and confused on what is happening to my 2yo. Yesterday morning I noticed a small red bump on her right elbow with about 3 small red dots surrounding it. We had played outside a couple nights before and since I got a couple of mosquito bites I chalked it up as that. This morning as I was bathing my girl, I then noticed on her left elbow a much larger red splotch with what appeared to look like a cluster blister forming in the middle of it (almost like a fever blister on your lip). She doesn't seem bothered by it at all but I'm unsure if these red bumps are spreading and getting worse or if they just start to look worse before they get better. I should note also, 2 nights ago we took our kids to a local splashpad that supposedly the water is treated so I'm not sure if that would have anything to do with this also. We've been to that splashpad before with no issues. The doctos office didn't tell me much than just to wait it out since it didn't bother her. Should I try any OTC medications or cover them for any reason?? I've never seen these types of ugly blistered spots before on any of my kids.


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answers from Appleton on

I would call the doctor's office back and tell them they are spreading and you don't know waht to do. She needs to be seen.

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answers from Boston on

Sounds like poison ivy to me. Starts as red rash, then blisters form, then it gets incredibly itchy. Caladryl or Calohist or the CVS version works best for us. We have poison ivy all over the edges of our rural roads and even along our driveway. Pets walk through it and get the oil on their fur and then when you pet them you get the poison ivy reaction. When the oil is fresh you can re-infect different areas of your or someone else's body by touching the oil to skin. Once you have showered, touching the blisters does not spread the poison ivy.
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answers from Portland on

Call the doctor. It could be any number of things, from 'harmless' to 'needs treatment'. I wouldn't use an OTC until you know what it is. From your description (I have a Medical Advisors book with a visual diagnostic guide--photos) it could be possibly be shingles or scabies, impetigo. Get your little girl in to see her ped.


answers from Dallas on

My son has big reactions to bug bites and brushes with unfriendly plants. My 1st reaction line of treatment everytime is topical cortizone and oral Benadryl. Even if it doesn't fix it, it wont hurt, and then you can rule out an allergic reaction.



answers from Phoenix on

I would insist the doctor sees you. It could be ringworm, which is a fungal infection not an actual worm. It forms red splotches and blistery bumps, usually in a roundish shape. It is very contagious once the blisters pop and thrives in warm, wet places like the splashpad perhaps. Wrestlers often get it from the sweaty unitards they wear and it is also commonly found in gyms from sweaty equipment and showers in the locker rooms. Even if it's not ringworm, it's something unusual on your child and I wouldn't take a brush-off via phone as my answer. Good luck!



answers from Boston on

my son came home from school one day and had a few on his hands and wrist....he plays baseball so i chalked it up to an irritation from his batting gloves....over the next few days they clustered up his arms so i called his PEDI and they told me it was a virus it can form as warts, blisters or just red went away about a week later....there was no fever no cold or anything with it....



answers from Dallas on

If she had a mosquito bite there it could be impetigo. Here is a link to some information on it. I got this as a kid (7 yo) down the back part of my armpit from a bite. Ugh! I will never forget it and this description jarred my memory

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