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post #1 of 16
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Kendra came home from camp with a couple sores on her face, which she said she thought were from rubbing the blanket on her face. I put cream on them (polysporin) because it looked just like rugburn.

Shortly after she got home from camp, she went for her week with her dad... whom we let know that if the sores didn't get any better he needs to talk her to a walk in clinic.

While she was at her dads, the original sores got better, but she got MORE spots on her face, and HUGE sores in her armpits. They didn't bother taking her in because the original ones got better. She said the ones in her armpits and on her chin hurt, and stopped her from sleeping the one night she was with them

She got home from her dads on Thurs. night, and he said nothing about the armpits to me on the phone.... Me and Kay got home on Friday morning, which is when I saw the armpits and freaked

Took them both to the clinic today, (Kayleigh developed one spot on her face on Thurs.) and got the diagnoses.

I am so MAD at Ken's dad.....so The spots in her armpits are HUGE. She shoulda been seen when she got those spots, even prior when she complained they hurt.

I'm fuming, and thus, venting.

Another reason I'm angry, this is HIGHLY contagious.... if Ken had seen the doc earlier, we would have known what it was, and I would not have let either of them play with others. Last night Kay went to play with some friends... plus when with her dad, Ken was with her brothers and sister from him, and other kids. UGGGGGGGGGG.

I bit my tongue so hard, and just emailed him letting him know the diagnoses and that he should tell the mom of his other kids to watch them for it as well. That was all I said, tho my thoughts were much more

The only question I have is: has anyone experienced this in OLDER children? I've heard of it in children under the age of 6....but not in my kids age (Kendra is 13, Kay is 9).

They are both on antibiotics, and I've done some reading up on it.... I'll be washing their bedding and talking to them bout not sharing towels, etc.

Any tips on dealing with this would be great.

Thanks for listening to my vent, and any tips. Get well would be appreciated for my kids, and that me or my DH do not get it either would be appreciated.
post #2 of 16
You have done a wonderful job of restraining yourself, I would be . I don't know much about impetigo, except how painful it looks. I hope your daugther gets better soon and that nobody else catches it.
post #3 of 16
I only got impetigo once and that was in high school from sharing stage makeup when I was in a play so it can get you at any age. It was painful, but for me it didn't spread too much and didn't last too long. It actually was more embarrassing than painful because it was right on my right cheek. One dose of antibiotics and it was gone. It did leave a little bit of a mark for a few months though. (I got my own make up kit after that). The funny thing is, no one else got it but we all used the same make up.
post #4 of 16
It doesn't matter how old you are, impetigo is very contagious. My son had it not too long ago - it is nasty, aye? One dose of antibiotics is indeed enough, and he got some special cream. He still has a red mark from it, but I am sure that will fade with time.

I hope Ken feels better soon!
post #5 of 16
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Thanks guys.... I really hope that Kendra's goes away without leaving marks...Its on her chin/cheeks/nose and school starts in a week Not a nice way to enter her final year of public school.

I can't help but be angry that her dad never took her in. When she left me she had a mark on her chin and one on her cheek, that were indeed getting better so we assumed she was right and it came from rubbing the blanket on her face at camp.

Thankfully Kayleigh we caught before it spread, she's got one spot along her jawline.

My poor kiddos.... I really really hope it heals up well for her and Kayleighs isn't such a huge deal cuz its one spot, but it doesn't spread.
post #6 of 16
Poor Kendra!!

I got it as an adult. I don't remember exactly what I took for it, but remember being told to keep my hands away from my face, and if I touched my face, to wash my hands. I also remember washing the pillow cases regularly and any towel that I touched. I don't have scars from it - if Kendra can refrain from scratching it open, it will heal quickly and won't leave a scar.
post #7 of 16
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Originally Posted by Momofmany View Post
Poor Kendra!!

I got it as an adult. I don't remember exactly what I took for it, but remember being told to keep my hands away from my face, and if I touched my face, to wash my hands. I also remember washing the pillow cases regularly and any towel that I touched. I don't have scars from it - if Kendra can refrain from scratching it open, it will heal quickly and won't leave a scar.
Thanks

Shes been pretty good at not scratching it.

I did wash the bedding and towels today, but I'll remember to change pillow cases daily and towels daily....

From what I've been reading, it should heal up within a few days

Thx again for the tips.
post #8 of 16
You definitely need to stress to him the severity of this highly contagious infection....but not for nothing, you did see sores on her face when she first came back from camp and before she went with her father. This is an unfortunate situation that really no one is to blame more then the other, things like this happen! Just think, she obviously got this from camp, and there were so many kids there!
post #9 of 16
awww the poor girls! I'm not really sure what it is but it does not sound very pleasant. Many for a speedy recovery!
post #10 of 16
Here is some information on it:

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/impetigo/DS00464
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Natalie_ca View Post
THanks!! I looked it up.

I had this alot as a kid and a teen. My doc never gave it a name just said I had a skin infection and gave me antibiotic cream to put on it.

Yikes I just noticed that one of the complications is MSRA...I had that on the skin next to a surgical site it popped up about a week after surgery. That was by far the worst summer of my life.
post #12 of 16
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
You definitely need to stress to him the severity of this highly contagious infection....but not for nothing, you did see sores on her face when she first came back from camp and before she went with her father. This is an unfortunate situation that really no one is to blame more then the other, things like this happen! Just think, she obviously got this from camp, and there were so many kids there!
I'm sorry, but when your child is in pain, you take them to a clinic.

She was not in pain when she came home from camp, had 2 sores that looked like rug burn and were going away, then when with her father it developed into more spots on her face PLUS covered her armpits, and she was in PAIN.

Had she gone to the doc sooner, she would have been on antibiotics, and might not have all the marks on her face or her armpits covered in it.

No, things like this don't just happen. When your child says hey, I've gotten more sores, and they really hurt, you take them to the clinic....you don't just hold off till said child is returned to the main guardian so that they can take her to the clinic

The impetigo itself, sure, "just happens"...not caring for your daughter who tells you she's gotten more and ones literally covering her armpits, that should NOT happen
post #13 of 16
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The impetigo itself, sure, "just happens"...not caring for your daughter who tells you she's gotten more and ones literally covering her armpits, that should NOT happen [/QUOTE]

This is only what I meant by things like this happen. I certainly was not trying to imply anything other then that. I hope that he is responsible enough to admit he was negligent in the care of his daughter and is doing everything he can to insure her recovery and contact all those who were in contact.
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by cheylink View Post
This is only what I meant by things like this happen. I certainly was not trying to imply anything other then that. I hope that he is responsible enough to admit he was negligent in the care of his daughter and is doing everything he can to insure her recovery and contact all those who were in contact.
I'm sorry. Obviously I read your post in the wrong context, and took it in a way you did not mean. My apologies for over reacting.
post #15 of 16
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Kayleigh got a second spot this morning

It's right at the corner of her eye, you know, where "sleepies" usually are. I remember a couple days ago, she said it hurt to blink... I looked, and nothing amiss, so I dismissed it. Then this morning I asked her if she washed her face, cuz it looked like a "sleepie" but nope, its another spot. I'm just frustrated.

I'm to see if there's anything else I can do..... they are on antibiotics, and I've been putting polysporin on the spots with crusts. They've also been taking their vitamins and some oil of oregano.

I didn't put anything on the one on Kayleighs eye.... just hoping that the meds stop it from becoming too bad.

that it clears up soon I hate it when my kids are "ill"....nothing makes me feel as powerless as situations like this.

The good news is, Kendra's face is clearing up well which I am incredibly thankful for as school starts in about a week.
post #16 of 16
I also remember that when I first got it, it had a very innocent appearance - sort of like acne gone bad. I didn't go to a doctor until it started to spread and grew.

Sending vibes to the girls that they can get beyond this quickly!
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