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"Swimmers But?"

my seven year old broke out with pimples on her bottom after the hot week where we wore bathing siuts all week long and hopped in and out of the lake. Now after almost two weeks they have turned into sores. We're put on antifungal cream adn been using tea tree oil as well. It no longer hurts but looks raw and uncomfortable. Of course we are away visiting family for another few weeks-- any ideas? Reminds me a bit ofteh old diaper rash so we also bought cream to put on before she goes swimming... but trying to figure out what we can do to help it go away!!!

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I called our ped and they suggested we visit a local walk in clinic. Nonaround here, so with a visit to the ER we were handed an antibiotic to try. Although the doctor seemed to think it looks more like exzema. Follow up if needed with our ped in a few weeks after vacation. In the mean time though, some of the oil ideas seem like they will be worth looking at and we'll keep her changing out of the wet bathing suits.

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Hi L., Sounds like you are doing a good job, just takes time. Wash out the bathing suits with soap and water, dry in the sun so fungus does not spread. Zinc oxide and corn starch will dry up rash. Enjoy the summer, Grandma Mary

If it is a diaper rash, you might want to try Triple Paste Cream (over the counter at most pharamacies). My son had a diaper rash so bad that it was starting to bleed. I tried several other diaper rash medicines for several days but it didn't go away. Then, I tried Triple Paste Cream and it was gone in like 2 days.

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Hi L.,

If this does not change, you might want to have her checked out for staph infection.

All the best

C.

i know this sounds gross but when i went to girl scout camp all through my childhood, as a rule, we HAD to take off our bathingsuits after swimming "or you'll get crotch rot".. i know. gross. anyways the damp bathing suit can do not so nice things.. i'd have it looked at to be sure.

any time you spend a lot of time in wet clothes you can break out in a diaper rash - type thing. (I've had a similar problem myself.)

I know it is annoying, but your best bet is to keep her out of a wet bathing suit unless she is actually swimming. Absolutely NO sitting around in wet bathing suit. You'll want to keep applying cream with zinc oxide once she is dry, before bed is a good time.

Hopefully that helps, good luck

thick layer of aquaphor (healing ointment) from eucerin put as often as you can helped my girl in similar case.

I would see a doctor for the problem if the antifungal didn't work...it could be a bacterial infection or a mite.

I agree with Jillian that you may want to have your daughter looked at just to be sure it is nothing more serious; especially since it has been two weeks and they are now sores.
Good luck
J.

You're doing right by using the creams and she definitely needs to get out of the wet bathing suit (and even underwear) to let some air get to the area. Obviously she can't run around with a bare bum. Do you have an extra pair of men's boxers or a loose pair of shorts that she can change into after swimming?

Hi L., Sounds like you are doing a good job, just takes time. Wash out the bathing suits with soap and water, dry in the sun so fungus does not spread. Zinc oxide and corn starch will dry up rash. Enjoy the summer, Grandma Mary

They have all sorts of "immediate care clinics"...I'd find one near where you're staying and have it looked at by a professional...and taken care of.

Best wishes,
J.

I know you said you were using antifungal cream, which should help, because it sounds like a yeast infection. You have to make sure to use it three times a day consistently. But of course you should probably see a doctor.

L.,

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L.

This sounds like it could be coxsakie which breeds in swimming pools where children play. I would consult a pediatrician. Best of luck!

Have her change her bathing suit if possible to a dry one or dry underwear as soon as she is done swimming and make sure you wash her suits often. I throw all in the washer with soap (not bleach) and hang them to dry in the shade or inside. The drier she can keep her bottom when she isn't in the pool the better. A.

My 8 year old son has had psoriasis on his buttocks for a couple of years now. It's the strangest thing, and it's only on his buttocks. At first we thought the chlorine from the pool was causing it, but after we stopped swimming in the chlorinated pool, the rash persisted. Then we thought the red/scaly rash was ringworm (a fungal infection), but the prescription-strength antifungal creams didn't clear it up. We finally took him to a dermatologist who said it was probably psoriasis (if the rash was itchy he would have said it was eczema) and gave us a steriod cream to apply. Well, that did the trick. We have to be really good about applying the cream when needed, otherwise it comes back. For some reason it seems to be better in the summer than in the other seasons. Winter is the worst. So I'd suggest making an appointment with a dermatologist when you get home from vacation...it's probably your best bet. Good Luck!!

I know she's not a little baby so letting her run around bare bottomed is probably not the best solution but maybe you could give it a try around the house? When my little one had diaper rash the only thing that really helped was letting her air out. We would just let her play on a thick towel for as many minutes/hours as we could each day.

Maybe you could put her in a skirt with no underwear for around the house...or let her go to sleep that way. Could it be that she sat on something that she was allergic too? Or got stung or bitten by something in the lake? Maybe something like Benadryl gel or cream might help? Just some thoughts. I hope she feels better.

get some sweet almond oil. they carry it in natural stores. it is edible so it won't harm and it clears up skin afflictions with no staining of the clothes, it washes out. it is wonderful stuff.

If it is a diaper rash, you might want to try Triple Paste Cream (over the counter at most pharamacies). My son had a diaper rash so bad that it was starting to bleed. I tried several other diaper rash medicines for several days but it didn't go away. Then, I tried Triple Paste Cream and it was gone in like 2 days.

It's not good to sit in a wet bathing suit all day, invites yeast infections. See if a local doctor will see her, if it's yeast, she may need a prescription cream. I'd suggest having her change into a dry suit after each dip if you're spending entire days at the lake - two piece suits make this easy, just swapping into a dry bottom in the bathroom

i just had a pediatrician's visit today to check out this same mysterious rash on my little one's bottom. doctor confirmed what i suspected, hanging out in wet swim trunks for hours on end will do it, in fact, his daughter has the same thing. the advice was to keep it as clean and as dry as possible, naked is good, try zinc oxide (like desitin) and otc hydrocortisone cream if the rash severely itches (will reduce the inflammation). i don't plan on doing the creams just yet... just letting him run around bare-bottomed. doctor said it should clear up in 3-4 days of keeping it dry and aired.

if it doesn't, he said there's a possibility that it's pinworm... kids touch dirt and then put fingers in their mouth all the time, so it's not so unlikely. i'll cross this bridge when i get there though.

btw, the pediatrician also tested him for staph, as it sometimes presents on the buttocks. came back negative. most likely cuplrit is water

Being in a wet bathing suit is not helping....I tend to think keeping this child out of the water until she heals properly would be best....Did you check with a doctor about treatment???

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