Mystery diagnosis. Contact dermatitis?

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   Posted 11/2/2014 1:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Abou 7 weeks ago, my 2 year old had red swelling on his left index finger (the one he uses to dip into and eat ranch dressing, ketchup, etc). It didn't get worse, only better after about a week and then there was a little peeling of the skin. He never complained about pain. We thought it was a bug bite.
4 weeks ago, same thing happened, this time the swelling was more noticeable. We saw it right after he was eating ranch. Doctor thought is was a minor skin issue. This time the skin started to appear purplish a few days before it was "healed".
Last Saturday, it appeared once again and we noticed it after ketchup. Swelling even more noticeable and the redness was mostly around the joint areas. Took him to a dermatologist who immediately said it was a joint issue and wants me to see a rheumatologist. I asked if an Ortho was okay bc I could get him in that night and she said that was fine to get some X-rays. Nothing appeared on the X-rays. He has mobility of the finger, uses it all then time without complaining. Ortho said it was contact dermatitis and I have a hard time believing it bc it is only one the one finger and the swelling is mostly around the knuckle areas. She said she could see little bumps, but I had a hard time seeing them.
I relayed the info to the dermatologist and she has him in hydrocortisone 2.5% 2 times a day for 1 week and 1x/day for 1 week.
It is starting to go through the purple phase again and still a little swollen.
Does this sound like dermatitis? I'm thinking worst case and thinking it is arthritis. Ugh....

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   Posted 11/2/2014 4:14 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope they find out what is wrong, good luck

Melody Hardy
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   Posted 11/3/2014 3:59 AM (GMT -7)   
Contact dermatitis is inflammation of the skin that occurs when you come into contact with a particular substance. It is a type of eczema that can cause red, itchy and scaly skin, and sometimes burning and stinging. It can affect any part of the body but most commonly affects the hands.

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   Posted 11/3/2014 7:59 AM (GMT -7)   
hmmm, maybe change brands or hands -

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   Posted 11/3/2014 12:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Probably irritation from the tongue. Try having him use utensils or gloves & see if that helps. I seriously doubt it is arthritis.

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   Posted 11/3/2014 12:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Lynnwood said...
Probably irritation from the tongue. Try having him use utensils or gloves & see if that helps. I seriously doubt it is arthritis.

This helps me feel slightly better. It's like the signs are there for both. No pain, and just the finger that he's always using, but not going away.

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   Posted 11/4/2014 3:32 AM (GMT -7)   
This may be an allergy to ketchup or a skin reaction to it. If the reaction happens only when the ketchup is touched, you can try putting a thin coating of Vaseline around his mouth before he eats. You may find the problem goes away. Hope it helps.

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   Posted 11/5/2014 12:44 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm really hoping that it's a skin issue and not anything else. I can deal with that. But lately he's also been saying "booboo eye" which I know can also be a part of arthritis (eye inflammation) so I have an appt next week for him for a pediatric ophthalmologist.. I was actually pretty relaxed about how things were going until my mom just told me he was sleepwalking... again.
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