Eczema flares preceding viral infections

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 3:05pm
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I wonder if anyone else out there has seen their eczema flare up days or hours before getting a cold or flu?

In the past 4 months my PA son has had a cold, a 2 week bout of flu, strep, and a 24 hour "stomach flu". With everything but the stomach problem he would break out with these spots of eczema on his face. One of the strange things here is that in the past year his eczema has been much better and it is very rare to see a flare-up when he is well.

With the strep he had a very severe flare-up which covered his entire body with raised rough skin and after a day or so they got red but not very weepy since we gave him some claritin and had started applying some Topicort to the worst areas. But he looked like he had chicken pox and we took him to the doctor who found the strep and also thought the worst patch under his mouth was impetigo, or going to be soon. So he prescribed some antibiotics.

The flares would occur about 1 or 2 days before he got noticeably sick. And have been a very accurate predictor of when he was going to become ill.

But I wonder if it's eczema- it looks like eczema. It also looks like plaques of virus growing on a surface of skin cells. I used to grow virus on living cells and part of measuring the concentration of virus involved a step that produced these spots of dead cells in a field of healthy cells, just in the pattern of my son's eczema.

So if anyone else has seen this happen, do you know if it is just eczema?

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 10:31pm
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My son's eczema DEFINITELY flares before and during infections. I think this is pretty common.

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 11:59pm
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Funny you should mention it - my 12 y.o. son has been sick more this year than the past several years put together. His eczema has been atrocious as well, after several years of improvement. I guess his immune system is just on high alert.
Amy

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 5:03am
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ditto. I always know my daughter is getting sixk...she starts itching a few days before.
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mom to Ari(5) - severe nut allergies, asthma, you name it - and Maya (8), mild excema

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 2:58pm
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Thank you for your replies.
We have asked the ped and the allergist about this and they have not ever said that the eczema was linked to the illnesses.
It is a great predictor though.
Today my son said his head was hot all over and he couldn't go to school. No fever, no flare-up, no listlessness - he was really active and refused to lie still and watch tv. So I sent him to school after a few hours.
I wonder if he is having nursery-school-itis?

Posted on: Wed, 01/25/2006 - 3:11pm
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If your immune system is working harder to fight off a cold or flu, it's likely that your allergies might become a bit more sensitized then as well. Less of an allergen might set it off. I've pretty much kicked my eczema problem in adulthood, and don't remember any corollation as a kid.

Posted on: Mon, 01/30/2006 - 11:03pm
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YES, YES YES!!!! when my son was a baby, i could tell that he was getting sick because his eczema would flare up. I would take him to the doctor and they would say, he's fine. Then, a couple days later, fever, symptoms etc and we'd be back to the doctor.

Posted on: Tue, 01/31/2006 - 12:10am
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My (non-allergic) daughter gets eczema flare-ups when she has strep. Not always, but probably about 75% of the times she's had strep (she has had it many times over the years).

Posted on: Sat, 02/04/2006 - 9:45am
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Yes!! Our ped said this is normal to see the eczema flare up before or during a virus/illness. Also, many viruses can cause a rash, especially in children.

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 10:31pm
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My son's eczema DEFINITELY flares before and during infections. I think this is pretty common.

Posted on: Tue, 01/24/2006 - 11:59pm
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Funny you should mention it - my 12 y.o. son has been sick more this year than the past several years put together. His eczema has been atrocious as well, after several years of improvement. I guess his immune system is just on high alert.
Amy

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