|Izaiah's Eczema Rash on feet.|
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I last left our eczema saga with Izaiah's skin in very poor condition, it's hard to believe it even got worse. The eczema flare lasted 8 weeks.
|Eczema can be tricky and look like ringworm.|
The day for our appointment with the pediatric dermatologist in Kansas City finally came. By this time, I was certain the rash on Izaiah's skin was actually Dermatitis Herpetaphormis, a skin manifestation of Celiac Disease.
The derm believed the rash was more eczematic; but given Izaiah's health history and recent observations of being gluten free, she thought it prudent to test him for Celiac. She wrote out some scripts and sent us on our way.
|Sorry for the bum shot, but this is a common eczema flare|
We left K.C. and drove the hour back to our own city. I took Izaiah to our usual doctor because I had noticed him itching his ear. He'd had a low fever the last two days and also vomiting. My concern was an infection of some sort and sure enough the doctor diagnosed Swimmer's Ear. This child just can't seem to catch a break!
Tired, we arrived home, lugging our prescriptions. Topical steroids, a topical antibiotic and an oral one ( for an eczema-inflicted wound, aka, scratching), an antibiotic for the Swimmer's Ear (the one that breaks any budget), hydroxyzine to help Izaiah sleep, and various creams and washes for his skin.
|Allergy Rash. It looked like eczema when if first came on.|
That night, the hydroxyzine had the opposite effect and instead of helping Izaiah get much needed rest, it turned him into a wild animal for a day and a half before it wore off...that's the last time I used that. By the weekend we were in the emergency room with an allergic reaction to the cephalexin and then checked in for an overnight hospital-stay for dehydration.
|Izaiah's dramatic skin rescue!|
I can't just end without letting you know that Izaiah's skin is so much better. These photos were taken 3 days after our hospital stay and the turnaround looks miraculous, but it isn't. It takes daily maintenance to keep his skin healed, so much so, that our lives revolve around it. Food and outdoor allergies are culprits, but sunshine and swimming at the pool are helpful. Interestingly, where we live, there has been a drought the last few years, but Spring brought rain, humidity, huge pollen counts, and eczema flares in big numbers. I'm told there have been so many cases of them in children this year. During the dry years, Izaiah's eczema remained in remission.
Coming up next! Our experience with food allergies and being gluten free!