Eczema? Rosea? Who knows!
I'm writing about this, not because I particularly want to remember it but in case someone can help!
Each year of his life my poor little man has suffered for a period of time with an unknown rash. I don't know if it has been the same thing each time but I guess it must be, it never occurred to me to take photos each time (can't have developed the blogger mentality at that point obviously!) so I can't directly compare.
The first time he got a rash at 7 months old in December we took him to the doctors, they didn't really know what it was but gave us some cream (no idea what it was) and within a couple of days it went. It came back a couple of times and eventually I realised that each time he got it he'd been wearing polyester.
He was then rash free until June when just after his 1st birthday was ill with a fever, as the fever went the rash appeared and spent ages trying various different creams and potions until it eventually it went within a few days. We were none the wiser as to what the solution had been.
Last year the rash appeared again and like before it didn't bother him at all, no itching, no other effects other than it looking awful. The doctor sent us to see the dermatologist who didn't really come up with any answer other than to prescribe cortisone cream and a antihistamine. They did nothing but after a several weeks once again it completely disappeared.
The disappearance coincided with the start of the very hot weather and the fact that he got the sun on his skin.This year it has come up again, at almost the same time, at the start of April I took him back to the same Dermatologist who quite confidently this time told me it was Rosea. Once again he gave us cortisone cream and anti-histamine to take for 7 days. He said that rosea will go on its own within 12 weeks but the prescription should help. I was really pleased we actually had an answer and reading the NHS website (can't help but always refer back to the good old NHS!) it all made sense.
Within the week it had almost gone, but only to reappear within days. Now however it is also itching him and even putting moisturiser (for sensitive skin, eczema, etc) is stinging when I apply it. I took him back to the Dermatologist today who shrugged his shoulders and suggested it might instead be Atopic Eczema and once again has prescribed the same!
So once again we are playing a waiting game and hoping that it will disappear very soon.