A toddler who was being ‘eaten alive’ by a ravaging skin infection has finally recovered.

Sienna Duffield, who is now three years old, was finally diagnosed with herpes earlier this year after a long battle. Her mum remembered her kissing a family member months before, reports Daily Mail.

It caused her to suffer from painful blisters which were extremely itchy and caused her sensitive skin to be covered in sores and pus.

Her mother, Savina French-Bell, 21, from Gloucester, is now sharing her story to help other parents battling the same condition.

Ms French-Bell, a nursery worker, said: ‘Sienna was being eaten alive by her skin infection.

‘It came out of nowhere on her second birthday when she started developing ulcers in her mouth.

‘It started to look like someone had thrown acid over her face, it spread from her mouth to her cheeks, and above her eyes.

‘She stopped eating and every day for eight months was horrific, there was always blood on her clothes and I was scared to take her outside.

‘Every day her skin would be stuck to pillows and there would always be blood everywhere.


‘I tried to stop her from scratching herself but she would use surfaces such as sofas in the house to scratch her face.

‘People would give us horrible looks, children would stare and adults would make nasty comments.’

For eight months no antibiotics were working as the infection kept coming back and her face was being ravaged.

Sienna was admitted to hospital on her second birthday in October 2015 where she was placed on an iv drip because she had stopped eating.

Her family then sought advice for creams and antibiotics to prevent her condition from getting even worse.

Ms French-Bell even restricted her daughter from eating certain foods and drinks in a desperate bid to prevent the condition worsening.

She took Sienna to a private hospital for more answers, where they ran allergy tests.

But tests revealed she wasn’t allergic to anything and doctors were left baffled as to why her face had been ravaged by blisters.

It only occurred to Ms French-Bell that it could be herpes when she cast her mind back to her daughter kissing a member of her family last year.

Doctors eventually prescribed flucloxacillin antibiotics which worked – despite them thinking she had a severe case of eczema.

Now, the family say their daughter’s face has never looked so clear and doctors hope the infection will stay away in future.

Ms French-Bell added: ‘For the past few months Sienna’s face has looked amazing and the infection has not returned.

‘There is always a chance of it coming back but fingers crossed it won’t happen and her skin will stay as good as it is now.

‘I was told that the older she gets the better her body will be at fighting off infections.

‘It’s great to be able to go outside and not get any horrible comments from anyone.

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  • Oh no something so innocent resulted in something so sinister. Glad they finally solved this


  • The poor girl I’m glad she’s recovering well and fingers crossed she stays clear and I’m praying that no1 else ever has to go through that it would be so heartbreaking ????


  • How awful you had to face horrible comments from people facing your wee girl ! What’s wrong with people ?!
    Hope Sienna continuous to stay clear from the infections !


  • This must have been dreadful fr the family.


  • This has been a long sad heartbreaking time for this little girl, her Mum and any others who have cared for her. Unfortunately once you’ve had mouth ulcers or cold sores once you often become more at risk. Later some can be triggered by nervousness, stress, even certain foods that until after the 2nd time they have not reacted to previously. Some people it is any food that contains seeds including strawberries, tomatoes, cucumber. A lady I know is allergic to kiwi fruit even if it is peeled with great care.


  • Poor little thing. So glad she has recovered for now


  • Luckily they finally found the right antibiotic. Little one!!


  • So happy to see the little girl recovered and doing well.


  • Poor thing, the worse thing would have been not getting the correct diagnosis for so long!


  • poor little girl, glad there are some answers now!


  • I’m glad answers for this condition were found and that this little girl was able to recover fully.


  • wow how painful that must have been for this little one – it’s so hard when you can’t help them heal quickly – glad she is recovering now :)


  • That’s a long reach. The kids kissing a family member a year before. But I am glad that she is recovering now.


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