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Could it really not be bedbugs?!

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  1. moenine9

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    So not going to go into my story- most of you already know. Two months of skin reactions, no definitive evidence of bedbugs. Finally brought my son to a dermatologist. They think it’s atopic dermatitis. I am of course skeptical after all the stories I have read on here from people posting about Drs miss diagnosing bedbug bites as something else. But keeping my fingers crossed it is in fact eczema! I’ll keep you posted- I have been convinced it’s bedbugs and if this medicine and creams work it will go to show how easy it is to miss interpret skin reactions and fall into the bedbug rabbit hole

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    My two-year-old son has had mild 2 severe eczema at times since he has been born. And they very much resemble bed bug bites that he has gotten in the past. But there are subtle differences but enough to freak you out so yes it is very possible you do not have bed bugs .😁

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    Mon Sep 9 2019 16:16:16
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    What subtle differences have you noticed?

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    So, with eczema it can look like bug bites,be very rash like and have some open places. The difference I have observed with my child is that with eczema it will have a rough raised patches in the area of the rash as with his bed bug bites it was rashy and raised welt but not rough and at times scaly patches of skin like eczema.
    Sometimes he gets a single red raised little spot on his cheek or leg.

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    Ah okay. When you mention single red raised spot on cheek and leg are you referring to eczema? Because my son got jump like tiny red marks that turned into a a formed raised red itchy area that now has progressed to scaly rough patches (this was on his shin and hip manly) but he also gets skin colored bumps that look like maybe a little fluid in it that then turns into a rough mark. He also gets red raised single bumps that sometimes has clear fluid in it. He gets such a variety in the way they look lol. Praying the medicines work. He’s never had eczema but I have psoriasis and my siblings have eczema. This all has started after moving to a very hot humid and allergy filled location in North Carolina.

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    Well you saw the photos I sent you haha- but yeah fingers crossed!

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    Yes, the single small bump was due to eczema with my son to clarify. Eczema is weird.

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    My toddler often gets marks that I inspect and they are due to eczema. She also has talons for fingernails and scratches herself constantly. They sometimes welt up big but once they go down you can see that is was a scratch. Babies and kids have such sensitive skin. She also gets drool rashes around her mouth and neck when teething. .

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    Yeah- I was surprised that this is the first time we have had issues of eczema as he’s nearly six years old. The dr said with him scratching he could also be causing staph infection which could explain the red inflamed spots.

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    My daughter had staph last year and it looked so much like bites. But it wasn’t. Her dr said staph lives on the skin and the littlest thing can cause it to get inflamed. I had a cream to use when it got bad. That’s why I tend to not diagnose anything on her as a bite. We also do not have bb. Had them 3 years ago before she was born.

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    Thanks for your input. I feel much more assured that this may be the root of our mysterious skin issues.

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    The pictures of the bites you have shown us didn‘t look like bites to me, too.

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    Yeah it’s interesting- as of late he’s been getting a variety in his skin reaction appearance.

    Even if it does turn out to be eczema it’s weird it can present in so many different ways on one person.


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