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Bumps on Back of My Daughter's Legs

Hello moms, I am stumped on this one. My 7 year old daughter has excema and she has these bumps on the back of her legs, like behind her knees and up the back of her leg. I was concerned about them and took her to an alergist which told us that it was excema. But they have now started looking like little pimples like they are infected and have spread. They look really weird. I bought some anti-biotic cream to rub on them, but wonder if it don't get better, should I take her to see her allergist again or a regular doctor. Anybody gone through this before?? Thanks!

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Take her to see her pedi, if she has been scratching the bumps or something they may in fact be infected and you want to get the right antibiotics for that ASAP.

My daughters eczema was exactly like you describe. The pedi perscribed a steroid cream for it, and cetaphil (We used the generic Wal-Mart brand and it worked just fine.) The summertime heat always made it worse, but using the two creams constantly worked very well to clear it up.

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So it sounds like Molluscum, which is very common with kids. Read up on it...both my kids and a nephew had it. Schools hate it b/c it is contagious but not to worry ~ it is treatable. I would stay away from the Dermatologist b/c our experience has been that medical treatments are caustic, hurt and leave scars. I used the product above with great results ~ just takes regular treatment and a little time.

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My daughter had the same thing when she was little--and now her kids do, too. It IS excema. We had to take her completely off of chocolate, which is a major offender. You might call your allergist's office and ask for a list of the foods your child should avoid.

Another thing--the antibiotic cream will not help at all. You will need to get a steroid cream--my daughter used Kenalog--although that's been over 20 years ago. The doctor will have to write a prescription for such a cream, I think.

Hope this helps.

My daughter is now 30 years old but had it on the back of her neck when she was around 3. I took her to a dermatologist as her's were also infected looking and scratching made it worse not to mention it was causing some of her hair to fall out. They precribed a form of liquid penicilin and it cleared up in about a year and never returned. We did however started using soap for sensitive skin for bathing and by no means use Tide to wash her cloths.

i would definitely take her to the dr. it sounds like what my daughter had. it was eczema that got infected. you have to be careful that it doesn't turn into a staph infection or other skin infections. check to see if she has a fever. i thought my daughter was teething and never thought it was an infection. thankfully hers cleared on it's own (since we were out of state and couldn't get to her dr until christmas eve). they still gave me a topical antibiotic cream and a different med to prevent the ecezma. make sure that you use a good lotion (the pharmacist recommended aquaphor) 2x daily to help prevent the outbreaks of eczema. in the summer it gets worse as the skin is drier. i have eczema also and taking an allergy med daily (actually singulair) prevents me from having outbreaks. you may want to discuss with the dr/allergist. let me know if you have any more questions. unfortunately it seems like i've been through all the meds or tried every suggestion so i have lots of info :o)

i would take her to a regular doctor then if you dont get the answer for her i would go to a skin doctor dermatoligost (sp) hope she gets better soon!

For my friend, his bumps turned out to be a nutritional deficiency for vitamin A. You can find it in drops.

Sounds like it could be molluscum contagiosum.You can do a google search to find pictures and descriptions. My son had them for almost a year before we found a treatment that worked. We took him to a pediatric dermatologist at Texas Children's Critical Care clinic. They applied blister beetle juice (painless procedure) to a few of the bumps which caused the immune system to kick in and eliminate all of the bumps within a few weeks. He has been bump free for a few months. They do become angry red and look like pimples before they pop. The white stuff inside is the contagious part, so be careful.

My daughters eczema was exactly like you describe. The pedi perscribed a steroid cream for it, and cetaphil (We used the generic Wal-Mart brand and it worked just fine.) The summertime heat always made it worse, but using the two creams constantly worked very well to clear it up.

might be molluscum. it all eventually goes away, but you can get a cream to speed up the process. my son had it terribly, years ago. not pretty. you can go to your regular doc for this diagnosis.

happy day!

Hi R.,
I'd take her to a dermatologist - they specialize in diagnosing things like this. I have excema, and the key to keeping it in check is to keep the skin very well moisturized with a non-fragranced lotion, such as Cerava or Cetaphil,using a moisturizing, non-scented soup when I bath, and if it gets itchy to us an antihistamine. Typically just moisturizing several times a day causes it to go away after a few days without the use of anything else. I have seen moisturizers for children that indicate that they are designed for excema, so you may want to look at those as well.

I'd take her to see her pediatrician, your family physician, or a Board Certified Dermatologist. At least then you have another opinion. The bumps spreading up her leg almost sounds like she may have a staph infection. I would definitely take her for a second opinion.

If it is excema try Cortisone cream. That is what we use for my son. I get the low dosage and the doctor has us use it for 7 days.

Hi R.,
Where has your child been playing- in the dirt or sand? these could be sand flee bites.......which have the same reseamblance as excema. Wash the area really good with a strong soap- Dial is probably ok- then at nite put corn starch on the areas so they will dry up- and not itch her so badly.... I can put you on a website that has products especially proven for excema if you are interested- PM me if you want more information.
goodluck and blessings

I would take her to see your regular Pediatrician. It sounds like Molluscum. My daughter had this under her arm area. It took a long time to finally get rid of it, and it is very transmutable. It is very common in school gyms or Day cares, and can be gotten from playfround equipment also.

It will spread if you do not treat it. The antibiotic ointment will help but there is a prescription medication that will work better. Also, I would check to make sure it is not Staph or something more serious.

My son just had something like this and his pedi said it was hand, foot, and mouth disease. The strain going around right now is apparently affecting the entire body and not just the hands, feet, and mouth. They looked similar to fire ant bites. It started out with a couple on his hands and I thought they were insect bites because we'd had him outside. Within a couple days, they spread pretty much everywhere. He wasn't acting sick or anything, and they didn't seem to hurt or itch. He ended up getting tons of them on the palms of his hands, and even had a few blister like pimples in his mouth. I don't know for sure if this is what your daughter has, but thought I'd mention it.

I would first take her to your regular pediatrician and see what she says. This is good for a few reasons, 1 most insurances have a higher copay for a specialist and 2 it will keep your pediatrician involved in her care in case there are additional follow up visits.

Second do not wash with a strong soap, no matter what the issue is. Use luke warm bath water and a MILD soap. Make sure to dry thoroughly and then apply an over the counter cortizone cream. Only apply twice a day, applying too often can cause chemical burns. If it is infected your pediatrician can prescribe a antibiotic cream and if necessary she can prescribe a slightly stronger cortizone type lotion or cream. After applying the cortizone make sure to use a mild moisturizer like Aveeno, Eucerin or Lubriderm. Iit's very important to always moisturize after bath to keep breakouts away.

My son and I both have eczema. The sticky heat that we are having right now is probably making her break out. Areas like the back of the knees, necks, waistbands, inside the elbow and any where clothing rubs or sweat can collect is where you will break out. Cool cotton clothing will help as well as moisturizing and staying hydrated.

My sons pediatrician has been great. We use a prescription of Kenelog in Lubriderm as needed for severe breakouts, but otherwise we just use regular lotion to keep the itchies away.

Hello R.,
I know Im a week late but I recently took my son to the dctr for he same thing...he says its "hand foot and mouth disease"..only temporary, and its a viral infection. My 2ry old goes to daycare, and more than likely thats how he was exposed. says its very common in kids...I looked it up on the internet for more info....but I would say take your daughter in, it looks very similar to chicken pox or even eczema.

Take her to see her pedi, if she has been scratching the bumps or something they may in fact be infected and you want to get the right antibiotics for that ASAP.

My 7 year old has been battling excema since she was an infant. What your daughter is experiencing is exacting what we have encountered repeatedly. . We have been through 8 different creams...last summer we saw the Pediatrician 4 times, Allergist 2 times (including a full scale allergy pannel) and the Dermatologist 2 times!!!!

Hydrocortisone Cream 1% that you get at the drug store or grocery store works well whenever bumps occur. You will want to watch them closely..if it continues to get worse or look infected take her to your peditrician. They can then refer her to a dermatologist if necessary.

After every bath we put a lotion on her entire body..which has worked wonders in minimizing the dry spots. Particularly during these dry Texas summers!

Allergist I adore...Kayser at Dell Children's..she is FANTASTIC!
I was not to keen on our Ped. Dermatologist's office staff..we will not go back. But I am sure that your Pediatrician can recommend someone.

Best wishes and if you have any questions about prescription creams that have worked for us, please feel free to contact me directly.

Have a great exama free summer,

Could she have chicken pox, 5th disease, coksakie, it could be lots of things.

Skin problems needs the advice/attention of a licensed dermatologist, not an allergist.


My son has this as well...I took him to my pediatrician as most things I tried did not work to get rid of it. I live on an Army base and she prescribed Cetophil (sp?). I believe you can get it ove the counter, but you may need to ask the pharmacist. After a couple of days of using this (especially after bath time) I notice a significant difference and soon it was completely gone. Now I use it whenever it shows up and it's gone again in short order...

Good Luck!!! ;-)

I would take her to your regular pediatrician first...this sounds like impetigo which my daughter has had...if they look like little pimples and even develop a 'whitehead' it is probably that and it can be treated with an antibiotic. Also, if it is just the pimply part but no whitehead it may be molluscum--it is common to have it in 'creases' on your body--like elbows, knees, buttocks...both my kids have had this and it is considered harmless. Of course I'm not doctor but I'd think your pediatrician should be able to treat her for this. HTH!

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