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My son has small red spots on his tummy and back. He says

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My son has small red spots on his tummy and back. He says he is not feeling unwell (although he has been grotty for the past 24 hours). He is 17. Could it be chicken pox?
Submitted: 3 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. David replied 3 years ago.

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are these red spots itchy?

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is he running a fever?

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usually chicken pox virus infection causes an itchy rash and fever.

JACUSTOMER-c0ikbzw4- : They are not itchy, but they are bumpy. He has said not to touch them in case they are contageous.
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they do not sound like chicken pox if not itchy.

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and if he has no fever.

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could be a heat rash.

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or from plugged skin pores.

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he can show them to a doctor or GP doctor to confirm.

JACUSTOMER-c0ikbzw4- : He showers every day. Not hot here in Winchester!
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not a heat rash.

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could be from hormonal changes.

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at age 17, he is going through late puberty and growth spurts

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which can cause acne type skin changes through the body and skin

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boys are very prone to getting skin acne at that age

JACUSTOMER-c0ikbzw4- : The rash is limited to his torso, back and upper legs. The rash finishes at his t-shirt line and shorts line. It is also on his neck.
JACUSTOMER-c0ikbzw4- : What does a detergent rash look like?
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it varies from patient to patient.

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usually contact dermatitis rash causing by allergies to detergents are also itchy

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and respond to anti-histamines and steroid creams.

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a viral infection like a cold virus or flu virus can also cause rash on his skin in that T shirt sort of distribution.

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get a thermometer and take his temperature and check for fever.

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and try some hydrocortisone cream on his skin

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it could very well be body acne from hormones if he has no fever or other signs of infection.

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or you can bring him to the A&E and have a doctor look at his rash as well

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good luck to you and him.

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