Skin Rash on Arms and Legs

by Joeleen Thompson
(White Rock , BC, Canada)

My two girls went to visit their friend overnight in a different city. The next day we all met at the beach. The group of kids (6 total) were itchy after coming out of the water. We showered at the beach and then when we got home. Five days later the out of town children developed a rash that looked like chicken pox on their arms and legs and a little bit on the stomach. The rash grew over two days then the bumps peaked and there were whitish heads. Two days after my friend's children had the outbreak my two children had the same symptoms. Two days later my other child developed the same symptoms. There is no fever or respiratory symptoms. The same day a family member who was not with us at the beach developed the rash on her hands and arms (mild case).

We have gone in total to 5 clinic doctors, 3 emergency room doctors and a dermatologist office with 3 doctors to look at it. It isn't chicken pox, swimmers itch was ruled out by the emergency doctor who suggested it could be an insect or flea infestation. We have no pets nor does the other family. The dermatologist said she can't say for sure, but it is likely from the beach and could be swimmers's itch: from the water. They are not sure why because it isn't seen in waters like oceans and we weren't around ducks. We were told to stay out of the waters at Crescent Beach, White Rock BC Canada. Does anyone have any ideas?

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Apr 11, 2016
Beachy Itching
by: Anonymous

Sounds like no-seeums. Chigger-like sand bugs.

Aug 26, 2011
Same kind of rash
by: Anonymous

My daughter went with her friend to Crescent Beach last weekend and has the same rash on her legs. It's been almost a week now. She said it isn't itchy though, which is good.

Aug 14, 2011
Same Situation with My Daughter
by: Anonymous

This same exact situation happened to our daughter after going to West Beach in Stamford CT and playing in the mud at low tide. Her lower half is just covered by what looks like bites. Nothing on the upper half of her body at all.

May 06, 2011
by: Anonymous

Did the kids ever go in a jacuzzi while on your vacation? I got the same thing a while back and it was called Hot Tub Folliculitis. The bumps don't appear right after exposure and therefore sometimes people are thrown off as to what it was from. It happens when the pH levels are off in the hot tub and that situation can happen often in hotels.

Jan 17, 2011
Sounds like
by: Anonymous

Bedbugs? But you said someone who wasn't on the trip broke out also?

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