Yesterday and today, he has been whiny and lethargic, although not feverish. We've given Benadryl, but it hasn't fazed the rash. He doesn't seem to have many other symptoms; low energy, and the rash, which is raised, sandpapery, and itchy. It doesn't photograph well, but it consists of tiny pinprick raised red dots...like I said, it is rough to the touch. He had a bit of congestion Sunday, but it cleared yesterday. I think that was more from being outdoors and camping than being tied to the rash. Any ideas?
In case you are wondering, he has not been exposed to poison ivy, oak, sumac, or anything else while camping. He has not eaten anything new, or bathed in anything new. Our detergents are the same as always. He has not been in the heat, either, so as to cause prickly heat. Because it did not respond to Benadryl, I don't think it is any sort of reaction, environmental or otherwise. I think it started on his neck and then traveled to his shoulders, back and then to his chest and stomach. It doesn't seem to be spreading outward, but the dots are becoming more concentrated on his torso.
Does that just leave viral rashes? Because, well, dammit! KayTar is still sick. I've been under sick-kid house arrest for roughly 3 weeks, excluding obligatory hospital, physician, and therapist appointments. And I was hoping we'd get through maybe TWO weeks of school before BubTar started bringing us home lovely little gifts from his school chums.
Here we are, 7 days into the school year and he is be absent for the first time. I won't send my kids to school when they are clearly ill and I don't know if they are contagious or not, even if only with a rash of unknown origins. I'd want another parent to do the same. But 7 days? Really? That's all the buffer I'm getting this year?
Time to restock the Lysol and hand sanitizer. Welcome back to school!
And the verdict is: STREP NEGATIVE! Probably viral, slight chance of poison ivy. We got a lovely low dose steroid gel to help the itchies.
Viral or not, I'm counting it as a win, because it could have been STREP and it wasn't! REJOICE!