Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Allergy advice needed please

I need some allergy advice please.

Those of you that have kids that suffer from allergies or you yourself suffer or anyone else that has knowledge of this please answer.  Aston (22mths) has started showing signs that he may be allergic to something since Sunday morning, but I don't know what? I noticed red hive like things on his cheeks when he woke up in the morning. Since he sometimes gets a rash on his chin when teething I just thought maybe this might be something new to do with teething. Considering the boy is almost 2 and has only got 6 teeth that have all arrived between the ages of 16months and 21months I am not sure what to expect with him.  However, as the day went on they started to appear on his arms and legs too and look very angry and red too.  They appeared all the way up his legs but not where his nappy sits, and only go up his arms between the tops of his hands to the area where a sort sleeve shirt would sit but are not on his shoulders or neck. They also don't appear on his back so I am not sure what would cause this? 

I was thinking if it was clothes wash it would be all over his body as all clothing is washed with the same detergent, plus he hasn't had a reaction to this in the past though. 
Can food allergies just go on certain parts of the body? He eats everything we eat and I really can't think of anything new that he has started to eat lately either? 
Then I wondered can allergies to things within his environment just appear on certain parts of his body?
The only thing that I can think of that has changed in his environment is the owners of the rental property we are living in are selling and they got the garden beds re-mulched. Would there be something on the woodchip that could cause this or possibly an insect of some kind? Now writing this I also remember seeing him spraying but I don't know what he was using either and he didn't tell me it was dangerous either!

On Sunday we took him to the chemist as our doctors were shut and they suggested we give him zyrtec. Sunday afternoon we gave him one dose and the chemist said by Monday they should start to look better and less angry . On Monday they were still there so Monday I gave him the recommended 2 doses, the first one was early in the day but by bed time he had to have another dose as the reaction was flaring up again and looking red and angry. This morning when he woke up they weren't as bad as last night so I didn't give him any medicine, by mid morning though they had started to get angry looking again so I've made an appointment with the doctors. Although I can't get in to see my regular doctor who is fantastic with kids I can see someone else. I didn't want to continue giving him the Zyrtec as I don't know really how harmful it can be if used of a period when they symptoms keep happening? Has anyone used Zyrtec? how have you found it worked with your kids or you when using it? Has it worked for you and did you find out what was causing the reaction and what you were allergic too?

Any ideas on this would be really appreciated. 

UPDATE: I took Aston to the doctors today and he thinks it is defiantly an allergic reaction but to what we don't know? He has given him predmix o-soln (prednisolone sodium phosphate) and is to take this once a day for 3 days. If it is still present we are then to go back and they will refer us to a pead and start on the skin testing. The doctor said at Aston's age he has found that doing the blood test not that successful in finding answers.
Have any of you or your children had the skin testing done? Have you had the blood test done? 
Have any of you taken or have your children taken this medication for an allergic reaction and how has it worked? Aston has had to have this medicine once before last winter when he had a pretty bad chest infection. I understand that is it highly addictive drug so I defiantly don't want to keep him taking it on a long term basis. Thanks to those who have commented on here and via facebook & twitter. 

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bigwords is... said...

Never wait with allergic reactions. Go to the doctor or if you can't then go to the hospital. Zyrtec is a great once off, but don't rely on it over protracted periods of times. Hives are a pretty good indication your child is having a severe reaction to something. Skin testing is a great way to find out what your child may be allergic to.

I have two kids with nut allergies. My eldest we didn't realise she had one until she ate butter chicken (cashew nut paste), the youngest was peanut butter - hives all over, needed emergency care at the hospital. You can never be too safe. Hope all is ok xx

nellbe said...

I agree with Bianca, try and get him into a doctor as soon as you can. I get hives from eating too much fruit but I am a coeliac as well so I am not a good example.

Hives can come from a reaction of anything you have mentioned, the mulch, food, skincare.

Also the doc's should be able to prescribe a cream to help get rid of the hives but avoidance of what caused it is usually keeps them at bay.

Good luck and I hope it calms down and you get a quick answer.

Anonymous said...

I have severe allergies to shellfish, nuts and strawberries. These started out as hives. Firstly I used to just get them on my face, particularly behind my ears. Then they progressed from there to also cover my chest and arms. I have never had them on my torso or on my legs.
Make sure you get to your doctors and get some testing done. Allergies commonly become worse with each exposure so you should prepare yourself with antihistimines and perhaps a childs epipen too- just in case.
I saw an immunologist who identified all my allergies. Once you know what it is, things are much easier.
Good luck- I hope this is something that he grows out of.

Oh Gorgeous Baby said...

Thanks Bianca. None of my kids have been diagnosed with allergies but Airlie has had slight reactions before. I've taken her to doctors and they never can tell me what it is? They usually tell me to give her something and it goes away. They've never suggested skin testing with her and she actually hasn't had one for quite sometime now either. I guess I have lulled myself into a false sense of security with them a little, but you are right, I shouldn't wait with reactions. I think this one has just been going on the past few days and he hasn't complained either.

We do have friends who have kids with peanut allergies and I once use to look after a little boy with one and he required the use of an epi pen if he had a reaction. I learnt how to use one but thank goodness I never had to use it on him! I was always super careful of having anything around that might set his reaction off too. I also always actively try never to take things out in public like nuts, or products that might contain nuts as I don't want to put anyone in danger. When Airlie was in pre-school in NSW they were great in educating the parents at the center and gave us a book even with brands listed that shouldn't' be taken to school because of the danger. It is pretty crazy how many people still do try to take nut products or things that may contain nuts into nut free zones like schools, kindergartens, preschools and playgroups. Heck I don't even take them to the park in case there is a kid there with an allergy.

Thanks for replying our appointment soon so hopefully we can get some answers. Thank you for telling me about the skin testing, at least I know what to ask for if they don't suggest it. xx

Oh Gorgeous Baby said...

Thanks nellbe we are in at 3:45pm today so hopefully we get some answers. He eats loads of fruit and I actually have to stop him and offer him other things to eat. I am going to google about coeliac to understand better as I am not too sure if anything else he might eat may have been upsetting him and I have been dismissing it?

We have been using the same soap for a while now and he hasn't reacted and only upon the request of the chemist we started using the QV cream to hydrate his skin so it didn't become a possible problem then with dry or broken skin due to the allergy.

Thanks for your comment I appreciate it.

Oh Gorgeous Baby said...

Hi anonymous, thanks for your comment. All these comments give me a bit better understanding of what I should look out for and what I can question the doctor with when we go in.

I will defiantly be asking for the allergy testing as it is better to be safe. Where do you get access to an epipen if the child isn't already diagnosed? gosh so much I don't know or understand about this subject, which is scary.

I have Zyrtec in the house now and I will see if there is anything else I should keep on hand just incase.

Thanks very much for your comment I really appreciate it.

Marita said...

Heidi had blood test at 9 months old that showed she was allergic to almost everything under the sun. A few months later we got in for a skin prick test and turns out she was only allergic to nuts.

I've written a couple of posts about the skin prick tests:

Anonymous said...

My daughter comes down with a horrible case of hives any time she has a bad cold or fever and the hives last until she is better. Benadryl usually keeps the hives from getting worse (call the nurse or on-call physician to get the proper dosage, the box says no children under the age of 6ish but the doctor can give you the proper dosage for your son's age), it works faster than Zyrtec. Also try a cool bath, that might help with the swelling.

Hope that helps!

Sonia LifeLoveandHiccups said...

My son and I have anaphylaxis to mammal protein, but it took a lot of scary ambulance rides before we figured it out. Find yourselves a good specialist and push push push. It will be ok and anything is manageable but you need answers. Good luck hun xxx


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