my son got a rash under his arm and on his belly after swimming in the bay and then got worse in the ocean today
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Person's Age: 7
noesporan which he tallirated and benedrayl cream which he said burned
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Hi! I'm sorry your son is having trouble.
Sometimes rashes like that are due to friction (skin on skin, especially under the arms) and get better with the use of a swim shirt/rash guard.
Hydrocortisone 1% ointment (available over the counter) is likely to be the topical remedy of most benefit. It should reduce redness, irritation, and itching. Use the ointment, not the cream, and apply it up to twice a day.
Be sure he rinses off in the shower or bath after swimming and uses mild soap.
Feel free to reply if you have other questions or need clarifications.
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would a jellyfish sting cause this type of rash and would i treat it the same way
Jelly fish sting is unlikely to be symmetrical (both armpits) and patchy. They tend to be large raised welts that are very impressive and VERY painful. Treatment is essentially the same (supportive care) and pain relief.
would a jellyfish sting do this he came out of the bay yesterday sayingsomething was stinging or burning he has 2 marks that look like tentitcals and when i put him in hte shower the water hurt then it got betterlast night and flared back up in the ocean today when he was boogie boarding ' and would i still use 1% if it is from jellyfish
You can still do the same thing for a jellyfish sting, yes. If its still bothering him you may want to rinse the area for 30 seconds with vinegar and/or apply a paste of baking soda and water to the site and let it sit there for 30 minutes before rinsing. Also, there's some evidence that soaking the area in very hot (as hot as he can tolerate) water may deactivate the venom. Otherwise, topical treatments like lidocaine (bactine), hydrocortisone, or benadryl may help.