Summer fun outside is leading to a number of problems for kids - inside.Dr. Robert Beer in West Omaha says Contact Dermatitis, a light red, itchy rash - is going around. It can appear just about anywhere on your body. there are a number of causes: from swimming pool chemicals and sunscreen to insect repellent and poison ivy. Treatment includes a tepid bath or shower - just remember to pat dry, don't rub or scratch, when your done. You can also apply a 1% Hydrocortisone antibiotic cream. Benadryl or other over-the-counter antihistamines can also help with the itching. If symptoms are more severe or persistent - see your doctor.
Dr. Mel Roca in Council Bluffs is seeing some cases of skin infections from bug bites. Scratching them causes a break in the skin- leading to infections. To treat a bite - cleanse it with warm, soapy water and use an anti-itch cream. Scratching can break the skin - which can lead to an ulcer or blister. If that happens, use a topical anti-biotic and keep the area clean and dry and try to avoid scratching. Dirty nails can bring more bacteria to the open lesion.
If you notice: redness, a painful bump and warmth - along with a fever - call your doctor. If you have a blistering wound, a creeping redness or a painful sore, it may be MRSA - which is highly contagious and if left untreated - could be deadly.