advice on hives

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 4:20am
momofjen's picture
Joined: 10/07/2002 - 09:00

My 6 year old dd has peanut, treenut and sesame allergy. She has a nutfree room and a nut free/ sesame free table to eat lunch at. She can have a few friends sit with her at lunch who are considered "safe. " She has had 3 episodes of hives in the last 6 weeks. All three times have been about one hour after lunch and the hives are always located in her wrist. Each time the nurse gave her benedryl and the hives subsided and no other symptoms occured. Today she took benedryl and the origional hives went away, then a few more came. I brought her hom and observed her, and she seems to be fine. There are peanut products all around and there are also sesame seeds on the lunch rolls.
I am very frustrated because she has not had any reactions in at least 4 years. In fact, sometimes I would question whether or not she was still allergic because she never reacted to anything. Her numbers are very high for both peanut and sesame.
Does anyone have any suggestions?

Posted on: Mon, 01/12/2004 - 6:37am
Jennifer1970's picture
Joined: 11/25/2002 - 09:00

I betcha the table at which she eats is being contaminated somehow. Have her carry that Purell hand sanitizer and wipe down her part of the table before she eats.

Posted on: Wed, 01/14/2004 - 1:59am
SweetAmanda's picture
Joined: 03/31/2002 - 09:00

momofjen...Is your daugher playing outside right before or during a hives episode? Some children(including my daughter), will experience cold induced hives as a temporary post-viral reaction. These hives will appear on skin surfaces exposed to cold and wind, such as just the wrists if she is wearing a coat and gloves.

Posted on: Wed, 01/14/2004 - 2:08am
SweetAmanda's picture
Joined: 03/31/2002 - 09:00

Also, your story sounds almost identical to mine. My daughter's school is very careful. Her classroom and lunch table are peanut/nut free. She never had so much as a single hive at school in the three years she had been there. Then one day her school nurse called to say she had hives only on her hands. They stopped abruptly after the wrists. This happened several more times, with the hives often appearing on her face. Her allergist diagnosed her with temporary cold uticaria.

Posted on: Wed, 01/14/2004 - 3:05am
momofjen's picture
Joined: 10/07/2002 - 09:00

Wow, I have never heard of this. She does go outside for recess before heading back to her classroom. And yes, it is cold here in upstate NY. I would love to think that that could be the cause of the hives on her wrist and not a reaction to one of her allergies. I have a call in to her allergist and I will ask him about it.
Thanks so much for you response. It helps to know that others have experienced the same thing.

Posted on: Sun, 01/25/2004 - 11:29am
momofjen's picture
Joined: 10/07/2002 - 09:00

Just thought I would share this story as a follow up to my origional post. I was outside with my DD today for about five minutes as we walked through a parking lot and packed up our car. The temps here have been ungodly for weeks. Both of us forgot our gloves. When we got inside she said that her hand itched and I looked down at it and saw about 8 hives. When we got in the car and warmed up, the hives gradually subsided.
I think this is what is happening to her in school after recess and she is not reacting from a food source. I will speak to her allergist about it next week.

Posted on: Mon, 01/26/2004 - 3:36am
SweetAmanda's picture
Joined: 03/31/2002 - 09:00

Sounds identical to my daughter's reactions. My guess is that your doctor will tell you this is most likely a post viral reaction that is temporary. I have been told by two doctors that it often takes up to one year to resolve. I have also been told that such localized cold reactions are not life threatening, although they can be very uncomfortable. That I can live with. At least it isn't food. Take Care.

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