my question is about a hockey skin disease. I mean a rash which usually appears at spots where shield guards cover skin.
My son got it 3 years ago, when he was 8 years old. He had little rash areas on the front part of his legs. The first doctor said it should be bacteria and prescribed mupirocin (ointment USP, 2%). He also advised to wash hockey gear with bleach regular. It sounded reasonable because a lot of hockey players in our town had this problem before or at the same time including my son's teammates. The medicine worked and Ivan didn't have any rash during the summer time, when he didn't play hockey.
Next season we bought all new gear but our son soon got some rash on his legs and arms anyway. We used mupirocin and washed his gear so the problem seemed manageable.
During the last season (Ivan is 11) everything got worse. At the beginning of the season (October 2009) Ivan got a rash area on his hand (probably because of gloves?). It was growing and getting worse every week. It had bleeding cracks and looked terrible. Also Ivan got a little rash area on his forehead (maybe helmet?). We went to the second doctor in December. The Doctor said it's not a bacteria anymore it's eczema
. He prescribed cloderm cream for his hand, legs and arms and something for his face I forgot. It worked, the rash was absolutely gone in two weeks. But it came again to the same spots immediately after we stopped using the medicine. We continued to apply the cream but worried that we shouldn't use steroids for a long time.
So we went to the third doctor soon (January 2010). She prescribed us triamcinolone acetonide cream. It works the same way: if we stop to use it - rash returns immediately or in a several days, even in summer, when he doesn't play hockey. Right now Ivan's hand looks much better - almost smooth skin. But there is a big rash area on his forehead which grows if we don't use the steroid cream. Also some little areas continue to appears on his legs.
We need your advise, please, - what to do now?
Thank you in advance,