Friday, October 21, 2011

It's Not the Pox!

If you saw my post from a few days ago, you know that Hannah has had the chicken pox.

It's been almost 2 weeks now, and she has still been getting new pox every day.

Just yesterday, the rash spread down her legs and up on her neck. All new pox.

I was told that until all the pox had scabbed over, she was still contagious.

Like I said, it's been 2 weeks. I was beginning to wonder if we would ever see the light of day again!

So, I called the doctor to ask if this was normal. (This is my first experience with any sort of skin rash other than diaper rash, so I'm clueless!)

The doctor said that she was concerned it wasn't chicken pox and that she wanted to see her. She asked if we could make it in right away and that she would check it out. (I think we seriously have the best doctor EVER!!!)

So, we made our way into the doctor. After talking about the rash, and taking a look (and looking at some LOVELY medical reference books complete with pictures and all!), it was determined that Hannah does NOT have the chicken pox!

She has a viral rash called Pityriasis Rosea. (seriously, this stuff only happens to us!)

That brings good and bad news.

Good news is that we are no longer quarantined! It's not contagious. It poses no risk to me or baby Luke or anyone that we are around. Our couch will no longer need to serve as a trampoline and I don't have to worry about it being passed on to Caleb causing him to miss school!

Bad news is that it can last up to 12 weeks and can be extremely itchy. Thankfully it's not been too horribly uncomfortable for her- nothing a little benadryl cream doesn't take care of!

I'm thankful that it's not chicken pox, but I'm praying that it goes away quickly and doesn't get much worse for her.

Seriously, who does this stuff happen to other than us!


Lis said...

raises hand slowly.....I'm glad its not the pox that's the last thing you needed! Seriously,you are not alone in this boat. My daughter once went through a whole slew of allergy testing and trials (also complete with picture book) to find she had some rare form of eczema that the doc had never seen before! Of course she was allergic to the prescribed cream (naturally right?) So she's been using that udderly smooth lotion religiously for most of her life to prevent the severity of her flare ups (Fall and Winter)..She wears gloves to cover it up so kids won't think she's contagious and it comes and goes....ahhh life....

McEngland like the McCountry said...

Declan(the toddler) head butted me a few weeks back and it knocked a root canal loose and caused an infection. The antibiotic they gave me caused the little tiny dairy farmer, Aengus(breastfeeding infant), to break out in a rash. Of course, if anyone is gonna get a rash from something it'd be Gus. I am so glad Hannah doesn't have the pox! Also, Luke is gonna be here so soon! I'm so incredibly excited for you guys!

Auntie M said...

Poor Hannah!!!! Hope it stays mild and clears up quickly never to darken your doors again!!!

Krystal said...

I had this rash before. It helps when it became super itch or inflamed was take a warm not HOT bath in oatmeal. Good luck! Glad it is not chicken pox! Good luck at the end of your pregnancy!

natalie said...

Oh, my daughter had that last year, right when our baby was born! :) I thought she had chicken pox, too!! Her lasted exactly 12 weeks and one area stayed raw for a while, until the doctor changed her diagnosis (for that spot) to eczema and we treated it differently. I hope your girl feels better soon!

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