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#1 VVV

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:40 AM

My DH, myself and our 3 yo are all unwell with a deep chesty cough. Today I have noticed a large (approx 5 cent piece size) cold sore on my DD's face. I recall being told that his is highly dangerous as a baby and can lead to death, but should I be overly worried at this age. I am thinking a trip to the GP is on the cards but should I be more worried?

Edited by VVV, 18 July 2019 - 09:45 AM.

#2 Tokra

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:52 AM

if you are worried, just hit up the GP. They won't be annoyed with you or anything just for checking. It can't hurt!

#3 José

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:04 AM

i wouldnt be overly panicked with a 3 year old. id think its reasonably common at this age with many 3 year olds attending day care or other social activities where things can spread easily.
our local chemist is also excellent and will give advice and let you know if dr visit is needed.

#4 28 Barbary Lane

Posted 18 July 2019 - 10:23 AM

I'd also check with a chemist first if you don't know when you can see a GP.  Or you could ring health direct, I've used heaps for kids and even DH once and had great response from them - 1800 022 222

#5 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:23 PM

Are you sure it's a cold sore? Could it be a staph infection, like impetigo? That would be my guess. If so, it may need antibiotic ointment on prescription.

#6 PrincessPeach

Posted 18 July 2019 - 04:36 PM

I'd head to the GP to confirm what it is, just in case it's something which needs total exclusion from daycare/kindy.

#7 VVV

Posted 18 July 2019 - 08:17 PM

Thanks all, it ended up being impetigo and we are treating with antibiotics.

#8 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:19 PM

I called it! :D

I'm actually pleased it was that and not a cold sore.

#9 VVV

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:30 PM

View PostFuzzyChocolateToes, on 18 July 2019 - 09:19 PM, said:

I called it! :D

I'm actually pleased it was that and not a cold sore.

You sure did! I’d never even heard of it before. Why is this preferable to a cold sore just out of curiosity?

#10 PrincessPeach

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:37 PM

My assumption would be that once you have the cold sore virus you always have it.

#11 FuzzyChocolateToes

Posted 18 July 2019 - 09:57 PM

View PostVVV, on 18 July 2019 - 09:30 PM, said:

You sure did! I’d never even heard of it before. Why is this preferable to a cold sore just out of curiosity?
Because cold sores usually recur. They are very annoying. Impetigo is easily treated by comparison. I'd rather have impetigo if I had to choose one!

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