After one little kiss, a toddler was left struggling for her life.

A toddler whose ravaging skin infection was “eating her alive” has finally made a full recovery.

After kissing a relative months earlier, Sienna Duffield, who is now three, was given a herpes diagnosis early this year.

She had itchy, stinging blisters that turned her delicate skin red and swollen and were covered in pus.

Due to her blood stains, her family was required to wash her bed linens every day and frequently discard clothing.

Her face has cleared up since receiving medication, despite doctors initially diagnosing her with eczema, and it is hoped that the virus will never recur.

Savina French-Bell, her mother, is a 21-year-old Gloucester resident who is now sharing her experience to support other parents going through the same thing.

A nursery worker named Ms. French-Bell claimed: “Sienna was being eaten alive by her skin infection.”

On the day of her second birthday, she suddenly began to experience mouth ulcers.

Her mouth, cheeks, and the area above her eyes began to appear like someone had spilled acid over her face.

She stopped eating, and the eight months that followed were awful. Blood was constantly on her clothes, and I was afraid to take her outside.

“Her skin would stick to pillows every day, and there would be blood all over the place.”

I tried to stop her from scratching herself, but she kept using household furniture like sofas to do it.

“People would look at us funny, kids would stare, and adults would say unpleasant things.”

Antibiotics had been ineffective for eight months since the infection kept recurring and was doing havoc on her face.

On her second birthday in October 2015, Sienna was then rushed to the hospital where she was put on an IV drip since she had stopped eating.

Then, in order to stop her condition from becoming worse, her family sought advise on creams and medicines.

In a last-ditch effort to stop the disease from getting worse, Ms. French-Bell even forbade her daughter from consuming specific foods and beverages.

She brought Sienna to a private hospital where they performed allergy testing in order to get additional information.

However, tests showed she was not allergic to anything, leaving physicians perplexed as to why her face was covered in blisters.

When Ms. French-Bell thought back to her daughter kissing a member of her family last year, that is when she realized it might be herpes.

Despite believing she had a severe case of eczema, doctors eventually prescribed flucloxacillin antibiotics that worked.

The family now reports that their daughter’s face has never seemed so clear, and physicians are optimistic that the infection will no longer be present.

Sienna’s face has looked wonderful for the past few months, and the infection hasn’t come back, Ms. French-Bell continued.

There is always a chance that it will return, but we’re crossing our fingers that it won’t and that her skin will continue to be as healthy as it is.

I was informed that her body will get more adept at fending off diseases as she ages.

It’s wonderful to be able to go outside without receiving any derogatory remarks from others.

“It’s incredible to see how her face has mended,” says everyone, “since earlier, people were mean to Sienna.


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