Hives on shoulder and back

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By bethc on Thu, 10-26-06, 19:23

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.

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By PennMom on Thu, 10-26-06, 20:34

Contact does sound logical- was it under her clothes or in an open area? I don't have trouble with contact hives (usually- knock on wood) if it's covered by clothing- but then again she could have scratched under her shirt?

Smarties is one candy that does sell to "repackagers". Their website tells you (under products/allergen info) how to tell if it's their package or not (UPC). I've gotten to where I carry a couple original Dum Dum lollipops and smarties or something else safe in my purse- If we are out and she is offered something We politely decline- then as soon as we leave she gets a safe treat. It's worked well for us!

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By bethc on Fri, 10-27-06, 15:11

It was under her shirt, but she remembers reaching underneath her shirt while she was in the car to scratch an itch. So we don't know whether the allergy caused the initial itch, or if it was a run-of-the mill itch scratched with contaminated fingernails. She washed her hands as soon as she got home, as always.

I've kept a few small, safe candies in my purse for times when I don't know about a candy that a store is handing out, or if they're handing out unsafe things for DD. I'll have to start always declining and giving her a substitute. I'm kind of stubborn about changing a practice if I think it will probably be okay. But when I'm faced with the fear of her having a reaction of some kind, I realize it was a chance I shouldn't take.

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By PennMom on Fri, 10-27-06, 18:47

It's so hard when people are giving out candy/food- I'm glad a lot of places have switched to giving out stickers- wish more would switch. I know the "mystery hives" are not fun- we were only diagnosed PA/TNA in August- and since then we've been getting occasional hives when we go out. It's very frustrating when you take all precautions you can!

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By bethc on Tue, 11-07-06, 18:46

It happened again at school yesterday! She hadn't eaten anything shortly before she got a rash/hives on her back, but it was in the afternoon, so she'd had lunch earlier. She eats cold lunch always.

She had recently come back to the classroom from the library, where she'd used crayons that all the little kids in her school use. She didn't actually touch any books because we'd forgotten her library book. She knows that at some point she reached under her shirt to scratch an itch on her back. Once again, who knows if the initial itch was peanut-related, or if that scratching was how she put peanut residue there - the 2nd sounds more likely to me. Not that we even know if it's from peanuts at all.

But my suspicion is that a kid from another class with peanut butter still on their hands touched the crayons, then DD touched them and scratched her back directly with her hand. Her classroom is peanut-free and because of that everyone in her class washes hands after lunch. But other classes don't.

She got really itchy when she was back in her classroom, and then felt that her back was covered in bumps, so she told her teacher, who promptly sent her to the nurse's office. The nurse's aide (or whatever she is) checked her over, put ice on the hives, and called me, since there were no other symptoms. I suggested she wash the area off. She said she could and asked me to come get DD, since it was almost the end of the day and she wasn't going to send her on the school bus if it might be a developing reaction. I was glad she thought about that! She also had DD wash her hands. By the time I picked DD up, the blotchy bumpiness was fading.

The thing that was funny to me was that some of it looked like a fine, sandpapery rash, which is not what usually happens with a peanut reaction for her. Some of it was welts, but scratching can confuse that issue.

It went away entirely a little while later. That seems like an acute reaction to something that could be washed away. It's not illness; she's fine. It couldn't have been detergent or soap to suddenly happen long after she'd bathed and gotten dressed, and then go away entirely after wiping with water and wearing the same clothes. It's such a mystery, but she's contact-sensitive to peanuts, and kids eat that at school.

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By Gail W on Tue, 11-07-06, 19:02

Did the school nurse (or aide) document your DD's visit?

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By bethc on Wed, 11-08-06, 01:57

I don't know; I'm not sure how they handle that. But I e-mailed the school nurse today to thank the health assistant for handling it well, let them know how the rash resolved, and tell them what my DD told me about her afternoon, with the possibility of it being a contact reaction from the library. I also dropped in the fact that DD's teacher still doesn't make the kids wash their hands when they get there in the morning. I don't know how official e-mail is, but it's a written record I'll have, anyway. I thought the nurse in charge should get some idea that the library could be a spot for peanut residue sharing. She did thank me for my feedback, so she got my message.

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By PennMom on Wed, 11-08-06, 04:57

It's great the nurse thought not to let her get on the bus- and also great the teacher got the nurse involved right away. I hate "mystery hives"! My daughter is PA ), TNA and the jury is still out on a couple others (conflicting tests- but no reactions!)We have started on Zyrtec daily it seems to help- although she will still get one or two small ones at times. We knew they weren't ingestion related (playgroup twice, grocery store, etc)and she had bad Seasonal allergies so that's why we started with zyrtec.
Is there anything new, medicine, soap, lotion, dryer sheets, fabric softener? My daughter has the kind of skin that if scratched will get a welt/hive but it's usually limited to one or two hives/spots- but I guess that depends on how much/far they scratch! Hope you can figure it out! Maybe tell her to scratch through her clothing till she can go wash her hands, or give her a travel pack of wet ones to take to school with her. I know it's hard- I'm constantly trying to teach my daughter not to rub her eyes, touch face, etc.

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By McCobbre on Wed, 11-08-06, 12:39

This does sound like contact, but FYI:

I had huge hives on my shoulders and back a month ago after eating 5 pretzels made of sesame flour (I am allergic to sesame). I hadn't touched my shoulders or back (I was in a business "meeting"--having cocktails). My chest was beet red, and my back and shoulders looked like a map or something--very strange. It was ingestion--confirmed.

So it can happen.

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By bethc on Wed, 11-08-06, 14:47

Thanks for your feedback, you guys! McCobbre, that's interesting that an ingestion reaction can go that way. I guess you never know what symptoms will happen.

There hasn't been anything new that my DD is using. We've been using the same laundry soap, fabric softener (which I hardly ever use, because 3 of us have eczema & I get nervous about chemicals against our skin all day), non-chlorine bleach, bar soap, shampoo, and lotion. I used to get rashes from detergents, soaps and shampoos as a kid, so I'm always expecting that will happen to my kids, but so far it hasn't. And when I used to get that, it didn't go away from washing off the skin. It took a long time for those rashes to disappear - usually days. She isn't on any new medication. It did kind of look like her sister's reaction to amoxicillin, at least by the time I saw it when it was starting to fade. But she's just continuing to take Singulair and Pulmicort daily, which she's been on for many months.

She is allergic to ragweed, and that season is only recently ended here. A doctor once told me not to assume the ragweed pollen has all disappeared just because the plants have frozen. DD's not allergic to dust. She may have a mild mold allergy, according to her skin testing, but I don't know if that could cause the rash. She's one who gets big welts from mosquito bites, but she hasn't had one of those in ages.

She is going to have to learn not to scratch under her clothes! Although if it's from peanuts, the rashes on her back may be teaching us some lessons about residue around us without it coming to her sticking her fingers in her mouth and having an ingestion reaction.

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By bethc on Thu, 11-23-06, 03:27

And once again, I got a call today that DD's got a rash that popped up on her back and could I pick her up at the end of the day? No other symptoms. Faded from washing and/or time. No library this time. It wasn't the same shirt as last time, but it MIGHT have been the same as the first time. This time and the previous time she was fairly warmly dressed.

Could she be starting to get heat rash when she's never had that before? I can't tell that it's specifically hives. When it's been at school, I haven't seen it until it's improving. She had the same health assistant as last time, so she said it looked the same but a little worse -- bigger area, I think. She & I tried to analyze how she could have come into contact with peanut butter residue this time, but it's still just the thought that it's out in the world on people's hands. No specific ideas today. It was in the afternoon again, not too long after lunch, but she has a PF table and only buys milk.

Could she just be scratching excessively? She has left scratch marks each time, but she also said it itches like crazy for that little while. Her skin doesn't seem that dry. We're trying to reinforce "scratch over your clothes, not under them".

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By M'smom on Thu, 11-23-06, 04:40

Just wanted to join in -- we're on day 2 of exactly what you're describing!

We're wondering about the shortening (changed ingredient) in our recent Divvies overindulgence. Google the exact phrasing, and Spectrum pops up. Wouldn't knowingly use their products for anything (following a long talk with their CSR, albeit some time ago). They produce/bottle peanut, almond, sesame -- heck, even avocado oil. Way outside our comfort zone -- we've had too many ambulance trips to even take a chance with x-contamination.

It's exactly that rash you're describing, and on the backs of M's arms (which have been covered by clothing) not quite into the shoulder blades, and on just one cheek, down toward the jawline.

Sorry you're going through it, too -- but I am glad to hear someone else describe it. I was feeling pretty discouraged by the whole thing -- can't fix it until we figure it out, and don't like what I think the answer might be (re. the Divvies)!!

Hope it clears up soon -- let us know what you find out.

Sue

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By PennMom on Thu, 11-23-06, 04:42

Sorry to hear that you are dealing with the mystery hives/rash again!

My daughter had a heat rash type thing on her back but it lasted for a couple days. In our case it definitely looked more like a rash/tiny bumps then welty hives. Hers also didn't itch- but I'm sure they aren't all exactly the same. Not sure if heat rash would disappear so quickly and if it would itch. I know it's so hard to figure these things out!

Ok...going out on a limb here...was the material anything itchy..wool, etc. And is it possible the laundry detergent didn't get washed out well and is irritating her skin- due to being hot and scratching? I always do a double rinse on DD's clothes and use Fragrance Free and dye-free and clear detergent since her skin is so sensitive. My husband works with someone who's daughter was breaking out in rash's periodically due to their detergent not completely being rinsed out.

Are her hands getting any hives at all? Hope you can figure it out.

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By Carefulmom on Thu, 11-23-06, 15:16

Quote:Originally posted by M'smom:
[b]Just wanted to join in -- we're on day 2 of exactly what you're describing!

We're wondering about the shortening (changed ingredient) in our recent Divvies overindulgence. Google the exact phrasing, and Spectrum pops up. Wouldn't knowingly use their products for anything (following a long talk with their CSR, albeit some time ago). They produce/bottle peanut, almond, sesame -- heck, even avocado oil. Way outside our comfort zone -- we've had too many ambulance trips to even take a chance with x-contamination.

I was feeling pretty discouraged by the whole thing -- can't fix it until we figure it out, and don't like what I think the answer might be (re. the Divvies)!!

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Wow, my dd had a reaction two weeks ago after eating Divvies chocolate chips. I have an entire thread on the Main Board. I found out that their chocolate chips are made in a plant that also makes milk containing chocolate chips, and she is milk allergic. I thought we were the only ones who thought there might be cross contamination with Divvies. It goes so against what they put on their website.

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By cathlina on Fri, 11-24-06, 01:32

Do you iron her clothes? I had this type of reaction on my back for about a week until I figured out that I had a fiberglass ironing board cover and the fiberglass was getting on my clothes.

(This was when I was in college.)

Have had lots of problems with fiberglass my entire life...

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By bethc on Fri, 11-24-06, 03:13

Thanks for the brainstorming, all of you! That's what I'm trying to do. It could be peanut contact or it could be something else.

This last time she was wearing a cotton sweater over a t-shirt, so there's some potential for scratchiness. The time before that it was a ribbed knit turtleneck; again, a texture, and it fits pretty snugly. I don't remember what she was wearing the 1st time. She thinks it might have been the sweater, but I don't know.

They haven't been things I've ironed. I've been using Melaleuca laundry soap for months because my MIL has been giving it to us. We were using their scented stuff for a while because that's what she brought us once and no one's eczema appeared to flare from it (unlike any Tide we've tried). But my DH told her we usually use unscented laundry products, so she gave us that again and I've started using that again fairly recently -- the switch was before this last rash. It isn't a new product for us, just a switch back. With the sweater I probably used an unscented Bounce dryer sheet to avoid static. I use them occasionally. I wonder about the rinsing out idea. I usually put a load including a sweater on the delicate cycle, which leaves a lot more water in the clothes. I wonder if it could leave more detergent, too.

Today DD played in the hay at my parents' place. That scratches up your skin and she had a few small red welts right away. When we came home hours afterward, her back had a big, red, scratched up area on it. It was from the hay getting in her clothes and her scratching it. It shows me that her skin is easily irritated. Her sister did the same things but her skin looks fine.

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By Carefulmom on Fri, 11-24-06, 15:46

I`ve read that if it is an issue with the laundry detergent, that can be solved by double rinsing it.

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By M'smom on Mon, 11-27-06, 16:42

We pulled the Divvies, and the rash cleared up. They *do* use Spectrum shortening.

We are extremely careful about not using products with the potential for cross-contamination. We've never even *had* a rash like this before. Two near-death experiences, preceded by a bi-phasic anaphylactic reaction, yes. But no rashes.

I couldn't control the nutbased tanning oil a stranger wore nearby -- but I can/could/have controlled our diet. Very carefully -- and no rashes. Didn't even know if we had the luxury of "just a rash" anymore -- the last two reactions have gone straight to collapse in a matter of seconds. So we have been stiflingly careful. For all we knew, even x-contam traces were enough to send *us* on another ambulance trip -- we just couldn't risk it. We weren't thinking "itchy" -- we were thinking "gone in an instant". [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

I am reeling to realize that I fed M a product that truly wasn't safe *for us*. We have eaten dozens of Divvies before the ingredient change, without issue, and we use palm fruit oil in our margarine on a daily basis, so it's not that.

Despite the length of this post, words just about escape me right now.

Thanks for "listening"...

Sue

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By bethc on Wed, 11-29-06, 16:36

She got the rash on her back & neck again yesterday. Again, in the afternoon during math. No other common factors - inside recess this time, no library. The nurse & I have been brainstorming, but we can't come up with anything. The only idea is her shampoo, since it was mostly up near her hair and she'd washed her hair the night before. But why would it show up in the afternoon and then fade quickly?

Can a person get more sensitive skin suddenly? I got less sensitive skin gradually as I grew up.

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By PennMom on Wed, 11-29-06, 18:28

Ugh- I know you are frustrated...the only thing that seems to be in common (if I remember correctly) is it's always at school and always her back/neck- is that right? If it was her shampoo seems it would be happening at home or over the weekend. Is the time common to- always after lunch (thinking contact here, not ingestion)? Are they going away with just washing- or is it taking benedryl to clear them up?

My DD is only 3 1/2- yesterday we went outside and I had a hood on her that kept falling down- we kept pulling it up...when we got inside only 10 minutes later she had little hives/red bumps on both sides of her face where the hood had been rubbing her face- as soon as we got inside, I washed the area with cool water...but they were already fading. So in my DD's case- sensitive skin- at least this time!

I hope you can figure it out!

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By rebekahc on Wed, 11-29-06, 20:01

What about the child who sits behind her during math? Could it be peanut breath on her or something??

I know, grasping at straws...

Sorry this keeps happening to your DD!

Rebekah

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By ajgauthier on Thu, 11-30-06, 01:30

...since we are grasping at straws...

Does she like math? Or does she get frustrated by it? Test anxiety? Something about the teacher or a student that sits near her that makes her anxious?

I'm thinking more about other factors in the classroom. I had a friend in college who was getting really stressed out in our physics class. For the mid-term, she broke out in hives on her stomache, chest, and arms very bad. After that, any little bit of stress and they popped up

Just throwing that out there...

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By bethc on Thu, 11-30-06, 03:36

You know, Adrienne, the nurse and I were laughing that maybe she's just anxious about math! Actually, DD thinks the math they're teaching her is really easy (she's in 1st grade). She's not having any trouble with it.

It happened again today at the same time. This time she remembered not to scratch it, which helps us to see if she's just raising hives by scratching too hard. When she went to the nurse, at first there was nothing visible on her back. So the nurse and I discussed it on the phone: maybe just dryness, wait & see. The nurse did put ice on the very itchy area to help her feel better. Then some distinct round spots appeared further down her back where the ice was not touching. And by the time I arrived at the end of the day to pick her up, the ice had been off for a while, and a rashy area had showed up where the itchiness had been. And later at home it was all gone.

Now, from what I've seen of the school rashes, they look like rashes, not hives. The first time this happened after we'd been running around town, it looked like hives. The 2 times since that it's happened outside of school looked just red and scratched up, not rashy.

I've thought about what they're using during math, but nothing stays the same. Today it was rulers, yesterday it was tape measures, other days it was just paper and pencils.

It's shortly after lunch. You'd think if it were something she's eating, it would show up in other ways, wouldn't you? I've asked a bit about the chairs at the peanut-free table; maybe I need to ask more questions about that. She sits at her own desk during math.

Thanks for helping me think about this. I haven't known of anything that causes her to react upon contact other than peanuts, but I just can't be sure that's what this is.

She's never taken Benadryl with these episodes -- just washing and the nurse puts ice on it.

About the stress in general, she does wish she didn't have to go to school and "be away from Mommy." I don't know if that can bring on hives. We worry about giving her TOO much attention from illness, since she seems to like the attention. It's a thought!

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By bethc on Thu, 11-30-06, 15:53

Just got a call while I was here online. She's got spots on her side and neck now, in the morning, not after lunch during math. Very itchy. She was in phy. ed. So the nurse is putting ice and hydrocortisone cream on it and monitoring her. We'd like to keep her at school since this time there's so much of the day left and each time it's gone away so quickly. So once it goes away, she'll go back to class. The nurse doesn't want her to go out to recess where there are just a few aides for gazillions of kids in case it develops into something more serious, so Sara's going to go sit in the nurse's office and color during recess. The nurse will be calling me to update me on what's happening. Boy, I'd better get this lady a Christmas present! She's been really good about all this - really helpful and nice.

I gave Sara a bath last night but didn't wash her hair. Then I lotioned her back in case it's dryness. Of course, it's not actually on her back today.

The school anxiety thing - the nurse said Sara's always been calm when she's come down to the nurse's office. Not that it's always visible when someone's anxious. I think between the rashes at school and the almost-using-an-Epi-Pen thing with the Oreo Handi-snacks lately (another thread), she's feeling vulnerable and that's why she tells me she doesn't want to leave me and she has cried a couple of times at school from missing me. I wish I could fix this! Thanks for continuing to read my seemingly endless thread!

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By PennMom on Thu, 11-30-06, 18:05

I am so sorry to hear more mystery hives! Let us know how she does today- I hope they disappear as quickly as they came!

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By ajgauthier on Thu, 11-30-06, 21:50

Quote:Originally posted by bethc:
[b]Just got a call while I was here online. She's got spots on her side and neck now, in the morning, not after lunch during math. Very itchy. She was in phy. ed. So the nurse is putting ice and hydrocortisone cream on it and monitoring her. We'd like to keep her at school since this time there's so much of the day left and each time it's gone away so quickly. So once it goes away, she'll go back to class. The nurse doesn't want her to go out to recess where there are just a few aides for gazillions of kids in case it develops into something more serious, so Sara's going to go sit in the nurse's office and color during recess. The nurse will be calling me to update me on what's happening. Boy, I'd better get this lady a Christmas present! She's been really good about all this - really helpful and nice.

I gave Sara a bath last night but didn't wash her hair. Then I lotioned her back in case it's dryness. Of course, it's not actually on her back today.

The school anxiety thing - the nurse said Sara's always been calm when she's come down to the nurse's office. Not that it's always visible when someone's anxious. I think between the rashes at school and the almost-using-an-Epi-Pen thing with the Oreo Handi-snacks lately (another thread), she's feeling vulnerable and that's why she tells me she doesn't want to leave me and she has cried a couple of times at school from missing me. I wish I could fix this! Thanks for continuing to read my seemingly endless thread![/b]

hmmm - now I'm still thinking of this from a behavioral standpoint. Anxiety or psychosomatic hives DO exist, not necessarily on-purpose by the hivee...but there's a connection in the brain that makes it happen. Maybe here:

1. I get hives
2. I get to go home

just an idea. Otherwise I have no ideas. To me, it doesn't make sense that it's a contact reaction b/c it's under her clothes (except today's reaction on her neck).

Is she developing a new allergy maybe? I know, I hate to say it.

Is there anything common between what she's eaten for lunch on those days and what she had for breakfast this morning?

take care,
Adrienne

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By Lam on Thu, 11-30-06, 22:51

Sorry you're having to deal with this - sooo frustrating. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Is there any chance her desk is being used by someone else when she's not there? After school, during lunch/recess?

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By bethc on Fri, 12-01-06, 02:46

The rash cleared up quickly in the morning, and recurred late in the school day.

You know, Adrienne, my DH & I are wondering if that psychosomatic hives thing is possible. Like you say, not that she's purposely making it happen. But she was telling her dad, "I got to go to the nurse's office today." He said, "Got to? Or had to?"

Today is actually the first day I've taken her home early, because the rash recurred late in the day, and the nurse was just going to keep her in the office until I got her, anyway. Since I was already out & about in the car, I picked her up early. Other days she's gotten a ride home out of the deal; she'd rather ride home with me than ride the bus. I wonder if I started picking her up daily, if the hives would stop. I think it might be a good experiment, but my DH worries about doing what she wants because of a mystery ailment. I know, we're taking a chance sending her on the bus at all, but it seems like she should be able to manage in the regular world.

I hope it's not a new allergy, but you never know. I just don't know why it would show up on the skin on her torso, though. Seems odd. I haven't called the Dr., because I'm not confident they could help me figure this out. But I might call in order to be told, "Just do something to treat the rash and let her go back to class." It's getting disruptive to school.

She's been eating the same breakfast day after day lately, and no commonalities with previous lunches. I've started writing down what she ate, because if I would have done that when she was a toddler, we would have figured out the PA much more quickly. Those days, I only wrote down what new things she ate, not everything, so I missed what should have been clear.

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By Daisy on Fri, 12-01-06, 04:22

Ok, almost every day during math, which is after lunch. Do they have recess after lunch? And today during PE? What about hives from heat or exercise?

Daisy

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By bethc on Fri, 12-01-06, 15:46

Actually, they have recess, then a short time back in their classroom, then lunch.

I don't think anyone else ever uses her desk. When they switch teachers for social studies and science, the teachers go to the different classroom, the kids don't. They do have chess club in her classroom once a week after school, but I've seen them once and they were on the floor. And the classroom itself is peanut-free, so at least they're not allowed to bring peanut food in there. And when we were involved in that club before, there was no eating at all.

I'm wondering if it could be eczema starting up. She has it in other areas.

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By Carefulmom on Sat, 12-02-06, 01:50

Can you take a photo of it and post it? Other people have done that on this board when they were trying to figure out a rash.

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By bethc on Sat, 12-02-06, 16:41

I talked to a nurse at Sara's allergy office. She thought it would be fine to just treat the rash with hydrocortisone if it's bothering Sara and let her go back to class, since it isn't the way her peanut allergy normally shows up and since it keeps going away without becoming serious.

One thing DH & I have thought of is that our water has been awfully hard lately, and hard water seems to make our eczema flare (he & I both have it). Since Sara has eczema in 2 other places, maybe it really is that kind of irritation when she has that kind of skin. Doesn't explain why it mostly happens at school, though.

Maybe she's generally more reactive lately if she did have both a contact reaction (the first hives on her back after shopping and scratching) and a mild ingestion reaction (haven't heard back from the Nebraska lab yet, but it looked like one to me). Maybe lots of little things in the world are bothering an overly-alert immune system.

I'm doubting we're going to solve this mystery.

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By PerthPeanut on Thu, 01-04-07, 13:39

It's a weird wonderful world we live in. And the anxiety of allergies and mysterious hives/welts/itching doesn't really help!

My 6 year old peanut/tree nut/cashew/pistachio/shellfish, sesame seed, poppy seed, mandarine, coconut, dog & cat allergic princess [phew!] has had a similar couple of reactions recently. Generally her reactions are immediate, on her face or arms and are lovely lush welts. Well, last Wednesday and 15 days prior, a new type of reaction has surfaced! Small itchy welts/bitey looking lovelies appeared on the back of her neck AND the front of her neck, in addition to the inner elbows. Both are unexplained reations, but the most recent one scared me as she said she had difficulty breathing. This has never happened before even though I've had the epi-pen for 6 years! I gave her Claratyne and popped her in the shower for 15 minutes, which fixed the issue. However I am feeling awful guilt that I should have used the epi-pen. I am now preparing myself for the next reaction, which will most likely require use of adrenaline. I'm scared...

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