Hi, my almost-2 year old son has a bullseye shaped rash in his lower leg (lower calf). It showed up about a week and a half ago, and at first was just a nickle-sized raised red spot with what looked like a bug bite in the middle. I called his doctor, but she was off for 4 days. So we waited and put some hydrocortisone on it. It seemd to be getting better -- turned kind of brownish and wasn't growing at all. Well, friday night he developed a fever and by saturday morning the rash had doubled in size (bigger than a quarter now), was still perfectly round, but now had a bullseye look to it. We took him to the ER (labor day weekend - his doctor's office was closed). The ER doc said it didn't appear to be the "classic" lyme disease rash, but she wasn't sure what it was. She definitely thinks it started with a bug bite as you can still see the mark in the center. She gave him an antibiotic ointment and a steroid ointment and said if it didn't improve to take him to his ped. We have been using the antibiotic ointment, and the rash seems a bit better but is still there and looks even more like a bullseye now. His fever is gone now, so that may have been unrelated (he had a runny nose too). What do you think -- could this be lyme even if the ointment has helped a little? I will take him to his ped tomorrow to have it checked, but I'd like to go armed with information. If she wants to treat for lyme, what would be the proper course of treatment (I've read that some docs don't prescribe the a/b for long enough). He is so little - I don't want to mess up his life by not doing the righ thing. Thank you so much.
PS... I posted a picture of the rash on my facebook page so that my family and friends could have a look and let me know what they thought of it. Here is the link, hopefully you will be able to see it too... http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=795540&l=501a5aa642&id=1148710040 VIEW IMAGE
Post Edited (Penelope Dessena-Gray) : 9/7/2009 9:37:19 AM (GMT-6)