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Hives on shoulder and back
My PA DD got significant hives on her shoulder and part of her back yesterday that itched a lot. Usually she gets just a few spots on her chin when she has a reaction to eating peanut traces (as far as the hives go; other symptoms usually happen, too). At first I thought maybe she'd raised the hives by scratching so hard, because that can happen. Or they can be caused by other things. She does have areas of eczema not too far from where these hives were. So first I put hydrocortisone cream over the area and told her to stop scratching. That helped a little. Then we started thinking over the previous couple of hours. We'd picked up fund-raiser food from DS's school. DD touched one closed box, which did have mixed nuts in a bag inside. We went to the library. And we went to the meat market, where they do sell peanut butter cookie dough that they re-package onto trays. And they gave her a roll of Smarties (American), which I let her eat. My practice has been to let her eat candies that businesses hand out if I know the manufacturer is safe. It has been a way to keep normalcy. But I'm changing that practice now because some candy re-packaging companies do run peanuts and peanut candy through the same equpment, and we don't know what package the business' candy came out of. I've been taking a risk I shouldn't.
I tend to think it was contact, though. The next thing I did was wash that area of her skin with soap and water, and the hives went away. She probably touched something that someone with peanut residue on their hands touched, and then scratched a regular itch. She remembers scratching after the meat market. She had no other symptoms, or I would have gone to her action plan.
[This message has been edited by bethc (edited October 27, 2006).]
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