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2 1/2 year old with PA/TNA/Egg allergy and SEVERE Atopic Dermatitis- Need Advice about skin

Hello everyone!!

My son has a PA/TNA/Egg allergy that has been diagnosed by a pediatric allergist. He has been seen by our allergist and a dermatologist. We have been prescribed TONS of creams, steroids and other remedies to improve his skin. None of which seem to help. They will help for a while and then his face becomes inflamed, painfully itchy and start to bleed. His eczema is off the charts at the moment and causing his pain. I am also afraid of scarring due to the severe itching/bleeding. He has been diagnosed with atopic dermatitis.

I don't know what else to do ?!?! I feel like we are losing the battle and I hate that he is so miserable. Btw, we have eliminated all trigger foods and allergens. I am tempted to try some natural remedies but am also afraid of making it worse. Any ideas/thoughts/suggestions on this. His dermatitis is very severe on his cheeks, forehead, hands and feet.

Please help!

Thank you-
Sara

By shannonlyy on Mon, 01-27-14, 14:40

Hi Sara -

I am allergic to peanuts/nuts/eggs/shellfish as well as some medicines and random fruits and beans etc. I have suffered from severe eczema my entire life, it really flaring up again when I was in high school (a teenagers worst nightmare!) I'm sorry to hear that your son is going through the same thing - I will tell you what helped me get my eczema under control as well as it could possibly be.

Firstly, I do use steroid creams (they're almost unavoidable when you have asthma that bad). At nighttime I took a medicine that made me very sleepy - it helped to avoid the itching while I was asleep. I also wore cotton gloves and long sleeves/pants. As for my facial eczema which ended up being the most terrible (and from what I read your son seems to have a bit of trouble on his face too) I got a holy grail eczema cream after about 10 different doctors and a dermatologist. It is called "PROTOPIC" and it saved my life. It is definitely something worth looking into, as it was the ONLY thing to effectively and quickly clear up my facial eczema (which literally was EVERYWHERE on my entire face - I missed so many days of school, sporting events, nights out with friends because of it.)

I strongly urge you to look into it, and if you have any questions please ask me! If I can help another child avoid what I had to go through, I would be so happy.

- Shannon

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By saralolawill on Mon, 01-06-14, 20:34

Thank you!! It is so nice to have a forum where I can ask other moms.

We have currently added a multi-vitamin to his daily routine and will be adding a pro-biotic as well.

We returned to our pediatrician this morning because his face eczema/atopic derm became very inflamed, swollen and extremely painful for him lastnight. I was afraid that it had become infected...which it had. So, with that being said..we are on an antibiotic, another steroid (to relieve pain asap), zyrtec, elidel and atarax. We have done this round of meds before and the they work but I feel that they only treat temporarily. I just feel like I am running in circles and not really solving the root of the problem. It seems no one can really help me.
We have been tested by an allergist. He is allergic to pretty much all trees, all grass, tree nuts, peanuts, cats and eggs. Those have all been eliminated.

Quick question to the mom that took her child off of Zyrtec..did it cause depression?

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By arioj66 on Thu, 02-27-14, 05:42

Hi, Zyrtec can cause depression or sadness and/or anger/irritability. My son also has IBS-just started this year. I've wondered if zyrtec had anything to do with the change in his intestines. Taking him off the zrytec (first month) has lessened the "sad" episodes. It definitely has lessened the angry outbursts. If your child's behavior starts to change and you don't have any events/reasons consider meds side effect. This was the best medicine for his sinus/allergy, however right now singulair and Flonase is working. Benadryl helped the best for itching with the steroid during really bad episodes. Also, with the tree nut allergy-our allergist told us to stay always from seeds-sunflower, flaxseed, etc. make sure there is no coconut in the multi-vitamin-coconut is a tree nut. We're using Olvatine for extra vitamins. Have not been able to find one with out coconut or seeds. Remember also to check the oils also on the packaging. Canola and virgin oil has been ok for us. Palm oil does not bother him. I'm trying out the items with cottonseed. In addition to all this- if you use butter for cooking-check the ingredients for any oils that may be treenut related. I know it's a lot and you will feel like your life revolves around reading labels... it will get better. Oh, one more thing-allergy to cats-if he is going to child care or playing near any sand-cats could have been there and you will have a break out. My son would break out playing on the school playground/sandbox area. Had to be cats-I know uggh. If anyone has cats/been around cats/ the dander can be carried on clothes into the house. Process of elimination. Used Aveeno bath treatment also-helped some. Hope your child has relief soon.

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By charity.scott on Sun, 01-05-14, 16:37

Neosporin's eczema body wash and body cream work wonders for my son who sometimes blisters with his severe eczema. His doctor was so impressed he began recommending it. It is relatively new. Also, it took me a while to realize that we had to avoid polyester clothing at all cost. Especially pajamas.

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By arioj66 on Sun, 01-05-14, 01:06

When my son was one he broke out in a rash and welts. We used the topical ointment triamcinolone for years (I do not recommend to use for years). It does change the color of the skin. For itching -Benadryl then zyrtec. Taking off zrytec now for depression. Best thing that EVER worked to help heal his broken dried skin was an over the counter lotion-not cream called Vani (white bottle)at Walgreens. It was light and no smell. He did out grow the eczma, but still has the allergies. Make sure you have your child tested for all allergies. Could be allergic to dust mites/mold/trees/grasses/cats/dogs/birds/feathers/fish. Crawling on carpet is a nightmare for a child allergic to dustmites. Whatever gets tracked in from the outside-straight to the floor. Also-air purifiers. We use Holmes. Whatever brand you purchase, make sure it includes mold spores... many do not and cost the same. Good Luck.

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By saralolawill on Mon, 01-06-14, 20:36

Thank you!! It is so nice to have a forum where I can ask other moms.

We have currently added a multi-vitamin to his daily routine and will be adding a pro-biotic as well.

We returned to our pediatrician this morning because his face eczema/atopic derm became very inflamed, swollen and extremely painful for him lastnight. I was afraid that it had become infected...which it had. So, with that being said..we are on an antibiotic, another steroid (to relieve pain asap), zyrtec, elidel and atarax. We have done this round of meds before and the they work but I feel that they only treat temporarily. I just feel like I am running in circles and not really solving the root of the problem. It seems no one can really help me.
We have been tested by an allergist. He is allergic to pretty much all trees, all grass, tree nuts, peanuts, cats and eggs. Those have all been eliminated.

Quick question to the mom that took her child off of Zyrtec..did it cause depression?

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By sophieelb on Fri, 01-03-14, 22:30

My son had an atopic dermatits too. The creams that doctors gave did nothing to allievate the itching although it doesn't seem that it was as serious as yours as it was only on his arms and legs. Probiotics seemed to help the best for him and made the rash almost dissapear and it finally dissapeared for good as he got older. For a few years it got better, cleared and started again. I tried many natural remedies. Although it didn' t necessarily work it didn' make it worse. I also was careful with all the other things he could be allergic to like the washing powder I used, the soap and shampoo, the clothes he wore. I tried homeopathy and it also seemed to work for a while. I also gave extra nutritional supplements like evening primrose oil, beta caroten, vitamin B and E for the skin. I used neutrogena cream for itchy and dry skin right after bath or showers to keep the skin very hydrated. Claritin and hydrocortisol cream I also used at times when symptoms were too bad as we were trying to find what the allergy was, we never did. The only thing the dermatologist got right is that someday he would outgrow this....he did. Good luck and stay strong, I hope you find what can help him.

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By saralolawill on Mon, 01-06-14, 20:37

Thank you!! It is so nice to have a forum where I can ask other moms.

We have currently added a multi-vitamin to his daily routine and will be adding a pro-biotic as well.

We returned to our pediatrician this morning because his face eczema/atopic derm became very inflamed, swollen and extremely painful for him lastnight. I was afraid that it had become infected...which it had. So, with that being said..we are on an antibiotic, another steroid (to relieve pain asap), zyrtec, elidel and atarax. We have done this round of meds before and the they work but I feel that they only treat temporarily. I just feel like I am running in circles and not really solving the root of the problem. It seems no one can really help me.
We have been tested by an allergist. He is allergic to pretty much all trees, all grass, tree nuts, peanuts, cats and eggs. Those have all been eliminated. We use a humidifier and free and clear detergent.

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