D.G. asks from Omaha, NE on May 10, 2008
I was wondering if anyone else's child has had impetigo? My son has been staying with my parents the last couple of weeks and his eczema had been breaking how pretty bad on his arms. My mom got concerned because of the way it had been looking, so she took him to the doctor and it turns out he got impetigo. Last night my son came home and I about broke down in tears because of the way his arms look! I can't even imagine how it looked before because my mom said that it looks much better now. My main concern right now is that it is going to leave scars all over his arms. I mean it looks really bad...like a bunch of dark small circles everywhere. He's 3 1/2 and of course it doesn't affect him, but I'm really worried about how it looks right now and that it is going to remain on his arms. I'm just very thankful that he only got a little on his face and that has cleared up! Anyone else have any experience with impetigo? And did it leave any scars? Or does anyone have any suggestions of what I can put on his arms to possibly eliminate scarring? He's still taking medicine and using some prescribed cream as well, so HOPEFULLY when that's all complete it won't be so bad. I'm just really worried right now! Thanks!
H.G. answers from Kansas City on May 11, 2008
Wow, this brought back memories...my two oldest kids both got impetigo when they were about 3 and 4 years old. I remember undressing my son and seeing the sores on his leg and I thought he had leprosy...LOL!! Really, I panicked, but a trip to the doctor and using the cream they prescribed, it was no big deal, they healed up fine, no scars, and I think they only got it once after that initial time. Try not to worry!
L.B. answers from Hickory on May 11, 2008
That sounds like what my daughter had. Initially the doctor said it was Scarlet Fever but later we found out it was a brown recluse spider bite. Here is a picture of what her legs looked like (is this what your sons arms looked like?)... Here are 5 pictures of her legs on in various stages of healing... http://wdmmommy.blogspot.com/search?q=scaret+fever You can barely see the dark circles anymore so hopefully your sons will go away too :)
C.L. answers from Minneapolis on May 11, 2008
My son just had a small spot on his face once, near his lips, and it didn't leave scars. I would think that if you can keep him from scratching or picking at it it will be fine and won't scar. You could call the doctor back for recommendations.
H.R. answers from Rapid City on May 11, 2008
Avacado oil, shea butter, wheat germ oil, and jajoba oil are all supposed to be excellent for scarring prevention and or healing. Check online if you cannot find a local massage supply store or cosmetology store. Your locoal health food store may also have these ingredients. Vitamin E oil is also supposed to be really good for scarring, but it's sticky, so best if used with some other carrier oil such those listed above. Aloe vera gel (100% if possible) is also good. Sorry I don't know much about impetigo...
J.B. answers from Minneapolis on May 10, 2008
My son had impetigo when he was 3. It was misdiagnosed as measles and so was untreated for several days whilst we waited for blood tests. By this time it was head to toe and angry. Once he started on antibiotics it cleared quickly and no scarring. For a few months after, if he got a cold , he would get a few spots on his face but the doctor gave us cream and soon he stopped getting it. Just something to watch.
Hope he gets well soon and that you and your daughter don't get it but don't worry (hard i know cos it looks awful. that was the only time my husband took time off work when one of our kids was sick even though I was home. It just looked so bad)
B.H. answers from Minneapolis on May 10, 2008
To help with anything scarring I recommend being really careful and use sunscreen really cautiously and use like neosporin or baccitracin for a year or so after it clears up if it's leaving any marks.
A.R. answers from Minneapolis on May 11, 2008
There should be no scars, but the eczema and/or impetigo may return multiple times if not treated properly (it is very common for impetigo to follow an eczema outbreak). The hydrocortizone creme is helping in the short term, but he may have outbreaks repeatedly if you don't find the reason he got it. If he had never had an outbreak before being at your mother's house, there is something there that is making him sick.
I would ask your mom for a list of things he did and where he did them... things he ate (eczema is often an allergy to food) and new things he may have touched (farm animals, etc...).
Getting well this time without scars from this event won't prevent it from re-occurring. I encourage you to get to the bottom of it.
J.B. answers from Milwaukee on May 11, 2008
Two of my three had it, it went away just fine. Don't worry. But dont let him scrach it. J.
A.N. answers from Milwaukee on May 11, 2008
My daughter had Impetigo and she has no scars and is fine after the antibiotics kicked in. It's basically a bacterial infection and I did read a tie in to the Eczema, but can't remember what the link was. Any ways, if he's scratching, you can wrap his arms in gauze because from what I understand from those who've had Impetigo and remember what it was like that it itches like crazy, but no one I know of who's had Impetigo has mentioned scarring. Good luck!
PS - I know it looks horrible, and you may feel bad about it. I cried myself, but it will be okay. Happy Mother's Day!