Update: The Mystery Rash has been revealed! It’s actually something called “Pityriasis Rosea.” For more on this, read this post.
This chicken pox thing is very baffling to me. I’m now not sure whether they have the chicken pox after all. Princess’ rash did look like the beginnings of chicken pox, and she started with 30-40 spots. However, they never advanced through all the stages. They never turned yellow, never crusted over, never spread, and she never had any fever or lethargy. They barely even itched.
It’s been five days since we noticed the spots, and the spots have have simply reduced in number and become lighter. Here’s what Princess’ spots now look like:
George’s rash never did spread beyond his arm. He only has four small, pimply bumps. He has also had no other typical symptoms.
If anyone can shed some light for me, I would be very grateful! I have looked up every single rash in my medical guide book and on the internet, and I can’t find anything else that it could be. It just seems like an exceptionally mild case of chicken pox.
I just wish I knew for certain what it was, for two reasons.
- If they have the chicken pox, then I need to keep other kids away from the baby when he’s born. If not, I’d rather let them all just enjoy their new little brother when we bring him home.
- If they don’t have them, then we don’t want a false sense of security that they’ve developed immunity. We’ve always planned to get the kids the vaccination when they are 10-12 years old if they haven’t had the illness by then, so they can avoid the complications that can arise from chicken pox in adulthood.
The nurse did say that there’s a blood test that we can get, to find out whether or not they’ve had chicken pox. If we have no tell-tale signs that this is indeed chicken pox, we’ll probably have to get them the test at some point.
So what do you think? Any idea what this rash could be?