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    My daughter's wart has been chemically treated and now its really red all the way around it. Could it be infected? How should I treat it?





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    Sure they can Erika. Anyone can get it. Its a matter of if the tick bites you and it gets infected or not. Hope this helps!

    my daughter has been diagnosed with a ringworm on her scalp back in April. she only got treated by Gp with a shampoo and cream which didn't help but spread it more across her scalp and Gp didn't not want to refer her to dermatologist. Now after 6 months,when her scalp got completely infected and skin started passing discharge that's when GP finally heard my request and we have been referred to hospital where we have been told she was supposed to be treated orally as well, in the first place. the problem is the medication she is taking now for over two weeks does not seem to show any improvement as the fungus is still spreading across and she is getting more swollen up places on her scalp full of infection which are passing discharge. I feel hopeless as all we are getting from doctors "it will get better" where in fact it is not. She is only 5 yrs old and slowly loosing more hair n skin is getting more infected even the medication is being applied. Could you please direct me how to sort this as another appointment to see a doctor is at the end of December and this seems too log and even the prescribed medication is only until beginning of October.





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    My daughter hair on arms and legs. I would like to know if she could shave her arms or will they get infected/just make the problem worse. Thanx





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    i am 13 and i have very black hair on my arms. i always have asked my mum if i could shave them, but my mum ahs always said the hair is there for protection. i have always got bitten by flise on my feet, hands, back and tummy but never on my arms and legs. my mum says that if i shaved my arms and legs i would get more prone to getting bitten on them. P.S if you shave your aarms the hair will just come back thicker and darker. how old is your child if i know the age i can give you a bit more imformaion on why not to shave her arms.

    Hi, My son has this similar skin problems since he was born and everyone said it was prickly heat. However, he is now aged 9. He suffers this synptoms throughout whole year although the condition may go worse during hot weather. Some GPs said he could be allergy to something because occasionaly the infected area do swallon. Please help me to find out if this symptom can be cured. Thank you.





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    Yes! Scabies is very contagious! Sometimes you can catch it from just touching the clothing or bed covers of someone who is infected. It's best to wash all clothing and bed covers immediately, and above 50C to kill off the mites.

    my daughter has had urine infections since she was 3 and is now 11,she has them one after the other and recently we have visited the doctor on a weekly basis ,she has had scans and has a baggy bladder that holds the urine which then becomes infected .we dont know when it will end and the doctors dont do much .we are seeing a a specialist in april .any advice please help we are desparate now.

    It's possible that the tick's mouth parts are still in your child head, which may have become infected. If you removed the tick early enough it is unlikely that your child will have contracted Lyme's Disease, as the infection stops being administered once the tick is removed (with or without it's teeth). However, it would be worth seeing you GP.

    My son is nearly 4 and has a very tight foreskin . His father had a strangulated fore skin as a child and had a circumcision. My son has a small white lump under the foreskin which has been discribed as a collection of dirt and secretions. We cannot remove this as his foreskin opening is minuscule. The surgeon we saw advised forcibly pulling back the foreskin. But I am sure this is terrible advice as this would cause pain to my son, and possible damage. I am concerned that over time this lump is only getting bigger and is likely to get infected. The end of his penis is often red as it is. I do not want him to have any surgery that is not necessary, but I also don't want to wait until he can't wee, has had numerous infection and is in pain either.





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    my son had it all around the head of his penis.. it started out small i watched it grow to all the way around his head under his foreskin.. we took him to a uroligist at a childrens hospital. they gave us a steroid cream to put in the foreskin to thin the skin temporarily so we could pull the skin back eaisier.. you cant just slam it back. you stretch it each day so to speak .. my sons was tight .. we applied to cream and each day pulled it back yes it stretched it yes it bled a tiny bit each day it almost appeared to rip it a bit.. my boy didnt cry... he flintched .. but after about 4 days.. the skin came back and the build up (smegma) got cleaned off.. yes you should do it.. and do it while he is young.. so he doesnt remember it..

    Hi, my 6 year olf daughter was exactly the same. I wasnt even sure if it was a verruca when I started treating it but has grown considerably. I went to the dr's about it as felt that the bazuka wasn't helping but was just told to persist. The dr also advised that she file it herself as it can feel more painful when someone else does it. My daughter also sleeps quite deeply so on occassion I give it a good file while she's sleeping, and also make sure you put the bazuka right around the edge of the infected area so no air is getting through. It has been a couple of months, never missing a night and only now I feel it is beginning to show that it's working. Hope this is helpful.

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    My son age 11 has molluscum on his back and suffered a deep skin infection from 2 under his arm he was on antibiotics for 3 and half weeks since then 2 months ago the rest are either infected or have been infected, he is deeply concerned about his back as it looks a mess I keep reading about them but has anyone else had problems with them getting infected - swelling red sore black head and pus??he is not itching them like the doctor keeps saying as he has had them since July 09 and did not bother him until they started to get infected March 2010 Please can anyone help????





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    Hi ya, my 2 year old son has these, they also got infected and went the same as what you described, the docter actually gave us antibiotics to get rid of infection, they are on his tummy and being so active kept spreading, has had for 8 months and about 100 odd spots, Went to a health shop and was told to try 'oregon grape balm' twice a day on them and to take 'dophilus powder' which is a probiotic to boost his immune system, been using for 6 weeks now and all new ones has gone and the infected ones are going aswell, jus hoping wont scar.I would recommend trying so amazed by it!! good luck

    my son is age 6 had them over his legs and bottom they do nowt but bleed and doesnt help coz hes got eczema there as well . bein there for over a year not budging at the min tho and keep gettin infected purple like spots tht bust and pus is cumin out which doctors have given me antibiotics for him to take and the cream !

    My daughter has had Molluscum for over 2yrs now hers get all infected quadruple in size and are extremely painful for her every time we visit the doctor we get the same thing over and over again advice saying they will go and of course anti-biotics but they don't seem to be going but yet seem to be getting worse and infected more often,it affects her every day to day activities right down to sitting in her class room at school





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    Dab each individual wart every night with witch hazel from a chemist shop. Use a clean cotton wool ball for each wart to stop them spreading. They will disappear without scarring.

    Hi ya, my 2 year old son has these, they also got infected and went the same as what you described, the docter actually gave us antibiotics to get rid of infection, they are on his tummy and being so active kept spreading, has had for 8 months and about 100 odd spots, Went to a health shop and was told to try 'oregon grape balm' twice a day on them and to take 'dophilus powder' which is a probiotic to boost his immune system, been using for 6 weeks now and all new ones has gone and the infected ones are going aswell, jus hoping wont scar.I would recommend trying so amazed by it!! good luck

    My son is 11 and has been chronically constipated since birth (it took him 72 hours to pass meconium). We have had a horrendous time, 1 consultant basically called me a lazy parent because he had a nappy on aged 2 and a half, he was impacted and I had taken him to A&E. He has been off dairy then told to put him back on it as he was calcium deficiant, on high fibre then told to reduce it as it was causing to much bulk, had at least 4 oral abscesses due to weak tooth enamel(he was taking 40 mls of lactulose a day at 4 months old!!!!!) he has had picosulphate, movicol, lactulose and exlax. nothing seems to be working, at least once a fortnight he has "overflow" issues and soils himself, bedding, underwear etc...I am at my wits end! Doctors constantly tell me its a dietary issue but do not seem to grasp that this has been an issue since birth so how can it possibly be dietary or emotional??? How do I get people to listen to me?





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    Did he have the movicol twice a day regularly for a week or so. Needs to be taken regularly with lots of water. I have 2 sachets morning and night and keep well and mostly empty on that. The key is regular-not just when he's uncomfortable. Might need to be on it for life. Good luck.

    My 9 year old son has a foreskin that will not retract. I took him to the GP when he was 4 years old and told to leave it as it would change once he reaches puberty. A couple of days ago it got infected (first time ever) I took him straight to the same GP who impatiently told him to stand up and just get his zip down! He then said. "Yes it's infected- antibiotics and circumcision". I told him my husband had had his foreskin streched as child and he rudely dismissed this and said he would refer him for a circumcision. Then asked him if he could swallow capsules as he made out the prescription for antibiotics. My son was distraught once we left the surgery. I think removing his foreskin is a bit drastic after only one infection and want to leave him to see if things change during puberty. Should I get him to try stretching it in the bath (once his infection has cleared up) or leave it until he reaches puberty.





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    Hi Jackie. Don't worry, there are many boys with the same issues. Circumcision would be drastic action especially if the antibiotics have cleared up the infection. Encourage your son to take regular baths or showers and keep his bits clean. If he can't pull back the foreskin at all then just wash the outside skin in the same way as he washes his legs!! This should be enough action until he reaches puberty and his penis starts to grow and develop. He can then experiment with the stretching exercises. Read some of the other comments here. Take care and get back to us if you need to.

    You can always go to the pharmacy and get tablets, but you should tell the rest of your family because they could be infected aswell

    My daughter has had the spots over 2years now and still can't get rid of them been the doc a few time as some of them became infected and now it's really bad but their just say their cant do anything she goes dancing and gets really embarrassed is their anything els I can do for her.





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    My daughter had molluscum. The dermatogist we saw suggested a herbal remedy called poxiderm. We used the poxiderm as directed and after a few weeks the molluscum were gone.

    I have been infected with worms from a hospital visit now for12 weeks I got a dry cough that won't go is this connected ?





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    My son is six years old and has the horrible habit of biting the skin around his fingernails and his fingertips. It looks very painful, and his cuticles even look infected. I feel like I am at my wit's end. Please help!





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    Your son has dermatophagia. I am aged 20 and have been doing this my whole life. It's related to OCD and stress or anxiety. I hope this has helped you

    I am autistic, I find this test is pretty ridiculous, if it really bothers you so much go to a psycological centre or a hospital, Autism doesn't mean you're infected or anything.

    Hi my daughter had molluscum and I ordered Poxiderm and after 7 weeks she was free. Hers were very sore and often ended up infected which was awful and embarrassing for her. Keep going as I did wonder if it was going to work and then all of a sudden they started to go.





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    My son is 5yrs old and hes eczema is infected. I have been to our local doctor however all i have receive is antibiotics which doesnt seem to help him his eczema has spread to his palm of his hand and bottom of his feet. He doesnt want to go in da shower as it stings him but i know its best to wash him down and apply a new layer of hydromol. I dont want to put his steroid cream as i dont want it getting worse. But now under his arm pit his skin has turned a dark colour leatherly touch and looks really sore. I have placed hydromol on it but i dont know if its helping or making it worse. I feel helpless and it brings me to tears when i see him. He uses cotton gloves vests and long johns which stops him from scratching his skin but i dont no if its working because theres apart of him that drys out quite quickly. I have been told by his doctor that the hydromol will help him with the dry patches. And to keep him creamed as he will be itchy even more then normal. I do have a review on 20th of jan when his antibiotics runs out but im worried just incase i get told there is nothin more she can do apart. Can you help me ?? On advice of what else i can do ?? Or is there any stronger creams to help wit his infected or anything i can do to help him. Hes not in school as he likes to scratch and it seemed to have gotten worse wen he was at school





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    My daughter is also 5, her eczema has worsened since starting school full time. Ihave taken her off dairy, gluten and soya, I bathe her in oats and apply almond oil. This has worked better than the heavy steroid creams from the GP. However I am going to a nutritionalist and allergy specialist next week, to find out more.

    What do you bath him in? I use epiderm ointment and dermol to stop infection as this sounds exactly like my son! Turns out after my own findings hes lactose intollerant as everytime he has dairy he has the same reaction! Is bath him rather than shower him sonhe can sitnin the bath stuff your using whereas the shower ot washes straight off! Try keeping a food dairy! You have to use the steroid cream it doesnt sting anymore than the cream your using! Its the only thing that will calm it down! Poor lil luv its so awful! Also have you considered organic clothing? Google it for more info xxx

    I have had Eczema since Birth and Nothing seems to work, I was taken off dairy when younger and there were no affects, Emollients seem to make it worse by making it itchy and therefore it get infected easy from cracking. Any advice?





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    Im 16 and i've had Molluscum Contagiosum for about a year and a half now i've been to the GP about 3 times for the same thing, and they just seem to keep spreading? One of the lumps got infected and started to look like ringworm so i was put on antibiotics for a week but it still hasn't cleared, if anyone can help it would really be appreciated. thanks.





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    My son has this but suffers with them becoming infected so is on antibiotics! He suffers with them itching him but doctor says to leave them, need to know what's best for me to use on them thanks





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    My gp just as useless! My son 3 yes has had them for about 6 months and has also had antibiotics for infected spots(don't seem to have scarred)! I have resulted to searching the net for some advice instead and so glad I did! I'm going to the health store today to try some of these suggestions...why couldn't my gp have suggested these in the first place!!!





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    Please can you tell me what remedies you found on the net? My daughters' spots aren't going. Thanks,

    The manuka honey body wash and body cream from holland and barrett! I have also found that if they get a head on them and manage to pinch the head off it a hard ball comes out and then the spot goes! I find this a bit tricky with my son though as he is only 3 so i tend to try to do 1 or 2 when he has a bath. Its only about 3 weeks since i started to use the stuff, but they already seem better! I will keep you posted on any developments!

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    my son is age 6 had them over his legs and bottom they do nowt but bleed and doesnt help coz hes got eczema there as well . bein there for over a year not budging at the min tho and keep gettin infected purple like spots tht bust and pus is cumin out which doctors have given me antibiotics for him to take and the cream !

    HI.my 4yr old son has got very tight foreskin..i have took him to g.p twice now and both times had to have anti-biotics as the top of his penis as got infected due to the skin being so tight.we were told to help him stretch it!!!is this right...he now in alot of pain after going for a wee...and advice will be most greatful ..





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    Phew! I don't share some GP's approaches to these issues. However, the antibiotics should have cleared up the infection. Remember foreskins in small boys tend to be tight and loosen up as they get older. Put him in a nice warm bath as this will soften the skin. Don't use soap initially. At an appropriate moment, wash his penis and gently try and stretch the skin back a little but don't make a fuss. It must be part of the normal bath game (or battle!). Then wash him in mild baby friendly soaps. Obviously, make sure you dry him off properly and get him to wear simple well fitting briefs to keep his bits well tucked in. Try this and don't worry. He'll be OK I'm sure. If not get back to us urgently.

    Hi, my four year old boy suffers from infected excema. I've taken him to see a specialist and for allergy testing but it still persistently occurs in his creases. He even has an itch under his willy, so people constantly think he needs the wee but actually it's just him itching. Please can you advise on how I can stop this. I've had every cream prescribed to him.





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    my daughter has excema on her eyelids, the only thing that works is hydrocortizone cream but i dont want to keep using it what else can i use, or how else can i treat it? this problem is ruining her beautiful eyes

    simply vaseline worked for me

    Im 16 and i've had Molluscum Contagiosum for about a year and a half now, i've been to the GP 3 times for the same thing and they keep telling me it'll go on its own but they just wont stop spreading? one of the lumps got infected and started to look like ringworm, so i was put on antibiotics for a week but it just doesn't seem to be clearing up. if you have any information on what to do i'd really appreciate it. thanks.





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