Allergic reaction or not?

Posted on: Sun, 12/07/2003 - 10:01pm
samirosenjacken's picture
Joined: 09/30/2002 - 09:00

My two girls are PA but my sons have been too young to be tested and we treat them as if they are PA. There is not peanut butter in my home or any tree nuts. That being said, this is what happened to my 3yr old this weekend and I am really confused. Input would be greatly appreciated!!

On friday, Jackson woke up with hives all over his face and legs. DH took him to the ped at 10am and they said he had an ear infection, cold and the hives were viral related. When they saw him, the hives were practically gone b/c I gave him benadryl. At 2pm we put him down for a nap and within the hr he was screaming. I went up and bam he was covered AGAIN with the freaking things. I thought he was having a reaction to the cough and cold patch we had given him at 3am friday morning! So we stripped all his bedding and gave him more benadryl. By 7pm he was worse and I was really doubting this whole viral thing so I took him to th neighborhood med center and the doc there told me it was an allergic reaction NOT something viral. Great! What the heck is he allergic to? We gave him more benadryl and some orapred. Fast forward to Sat morning (after a very long night with him crying and coughing) we had DD's birthday party. He was miserable but getting along. At 1pm he came up to me crying and his face was all red and blotchy. It was terrible!! All around his eyes and down his arms. I immediately gave him benadryl and orapred and we put him down for a nap b/c he was begging to go upstairs. My friend Lisa was here and her kids have allergies so she was pretty freaked at how he looked. She agreed that it was not viral. DH went up to check on him a few min later and rushed him down. His face was all red and his eyes were swelling and the back of his arms were all covered with hives.. so were his legs! Everyone told us we should take him to the hospital so we left all those people at our house and rushed him to the childrens hospital. Of course by the time we got there, the meds kicked in and the hives were gone! His eyes still showed swelling so they could see something. They told us the hives were due to a virus and they could continue up to 2wks. I still have my doubts but I can't figure out what he could be allergic to!!! It's been a crazy long weekend. He had more hives yesterday but we reduced them with the benadryl.

I asked the doc if he suddenly could be allergic to something he's had all along, like milk. I was emphatically told NO. They told me a milk allergy would be diagnosed within the first yr and symptoms are usually GI related. Again, I have my doubts but I am no expert. I could use some opinions!

Posted on: Sun, 12/07/2003 - 10:44pm
brimor's picture
Joined: 06/09/2000 - 09:00

I'm sorry about all that you have gone thru recently! I hope your DS is doing better.
I would have to disagree with the drs tho - you certainly CAN become allergic to something after having it for weeks, months or years with no problems at all. When our middle dd (she was 6 years old at the time)came down with full body hives, we too were told it was viral. Then they said it was from the dog. They lasted for 2 days (and they were horrible - ALL over her body) and then her face and lips started swelling. We rushed her to the hospital were she got shots of steroids, Epi and Benadryl.
Without hesitation I told our ped I wanted a referral to an allergist b/c obviously this is an allergy. They told us that they will give her a referral, but most of the time people never find out what causes reactions. Turns out she has TONS of allergies - including peanuts which caused her severe reaction
Go with your gut as us Mommy's are usually right. His reaction does not sound like it's viral induced. If he's too young for SPT would they do a RAST? If you don't get good results, I'd go somewhere else.
I hope he's doing better and that you find out what caused the reaction(s).
Liz, mom to:
B: asthma, bee sting allergy, mild EA's and eczema
M: asthma, peanut & nut, severe EA's and mod eczema
A: asthma, peanut, nut, fish, penicillin, severe EA's and eczema

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 12:41am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

What a scary experience. And how frustrating not to know the cause.
I just wanted to share with you that I personally had an episode like this last February. I had hives all over my body, my lips and eyes swelled up, and I lost my voice. The hives lasted for about a week and I was on steroids for ten days.
I immediately suspected some type of allergic reaction (I have no known food allergies) and made a list of all foods I had consumed. I later food-challenged myself and nothing panned out. When I talked to my daughter's allergist about it, he was convinced it was viral so I never bothered having myself formally tested.
I don't know if his diagnosis is right, but we couldn't figure out any other cause and the hives never came back.

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 1:53am
momjd's picture
Joined: 02/24/2002 - 09:00

Any new soaps, detergents, perfumes, candles, etc. in the house? Any of the old stand-bys change their formula? Have you just put up holiday decorations? Could they be dusty, etc? Any new toys in his room?
Anything at all in your household environment that has changed?
My DH and nephew both got terrible hives from various detergents. DH reacts to fabric softner, nephew to Dreft (of all things). I get itchy from air freshners and can't breath around eucalyptus.
I have heard that viral infections can cause hives, but since you are getting mixed answers I don't think you can really rely on that diagnosis. Despite what the doctors have said about not acquiring new allergies, I would insist on testing. If they can't tell you what's causing the hives, then they can't really tell you want isn't, IMO.

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 3:33am
Peg541's picture
Joined: 12/29/2002 - 09:00

That was too scary for words. I would only say one thing and [b]please I am not being mean.[/b]
I would never send a child upstairs to nap alone in that condition. Kids die quietly. And things go downhill very quickly.
That being said I think Hives can result from an illness. If I get an injury, a scrape or a cut I immediately get hives around the area. My allergist said my mast cells are very alert and very active.
I imagine that with an illness maybe the mast cells over react in certain people and that is why your son had hives.
In any case hives are serious and scary.
Good luck finding out why.

Posted on: Mon, 12/08/2003 - 11:57am
toomanynuts's picture
Joined: 08/23/2003 - 09:00

I am so sorry about your DS. I hope that he is doing better.
I would take him to an allergist he is not to young. My DD started seeing an allergist when she was 2. She is now 3 1/2.
Hives maybe viral but I doubt that severe of a reaction could be the case. I would tend to lean towards the allergic reaction. I would watch your DS carefully and write down everything he eats until you see an allergist. My dd would get severe hives from contact and ingestion to numerous foods. I kept a list of what my DD ate and when we went to the allergist I also told him of foods that gave her a reaction (of course she wasn't eating them)and he tested her and low and behold everything that I knew she was allergic to she was. After treatments,food changes and additional supplements she rarely gets hives and her skin is beautiful. (She had horrible rashes on her face and arms) She does still get hives from contact and usually treatable with Benadryl. She just had horrible hives after eating a different kind of pepperoni last night. Bath and Benadryl helped.
We also had a doctor tell us that hives were viral but didn't know much about allergies. We also had a different doctor tell that her horrible skin rashes we normal ha! Our allergist has given us a lot of terrific advise and our DD has not been sick or had to many reactions in the last year.
Blessings to you and your little one and hope that you see an allergist soon and find out whats causing his reactions.

More Community Posts

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

create a new community post
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:39pm
Comments: 1
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:28pm
Comments: 2
Latest Post by absfabs Mon, 11/11/2019 - 1:23pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 12:10pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by Italia38 Fri, 11/08/2019 - 11:47am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 3:43pm
Comments: 4
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 11/07/2019 - 2:48pm
Comments: 7
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:44pm
Comments: 12
Latest Post by penelope Tue, 11/05/2019 - 3:35pm
Comments: 13
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:11pm
Comments: 6
Latest Post by absfabs Tue, 11/05/2019 - 2:09pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by chicken Tue, 11/05/2019 - 12:06pm
Comments: 5
Latest Post by sunshinestate Mon, 11/04/2019 - 1:44pm
Comments: 3
Latest Post by sunshinestate Thu, 10/31/2019 - 11:20am
Comments: 2
Latest Post by penelope Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:19am
Comments: 8
Latest Post by BD Wed, 10/30/2019 - 11:18am
Comments: 5

More Articles

Anaphylactic shock (A-nuh-fih-LAK-tik shok): A severe and sometimes life-threatening immune system reaction to an antigen that a person has been...

One of the most difficult things for a parent to do is determine whether his or her toddler has a cold or a...

You no doubt have your own way of teaching people about your child’s food allergy, a way that suits your temperament, and style of communication....

Reliable peanut allergy statistics are not that easy to come by. There is a lot of available research on food allergies in general but not too...

Most people know that to enjoy whatever food safety accommodations an airline offers they need to inform the airline of their allergy prior to...

More Articles

More Articles

A 504 plan* documents food allergy accommodations agreed to by parents and their child’s school. Plans are typically created during a 504 meeting...

If there is a child at your children's school allergic to peanuts, the school probably discourages or may not allow peanut products to be brought...

If you are on a budget, but you need to wear some sort of notification that you have a peanut...

Unless we consciously carve out time for self-care, constant food allergy management can slowly erode our sense of well-being. Signs of allergy-...

Peanuts cause more severe food allergic reactions than other foods, followed by shellfish, fish, tree nuts and eggs. Although there is only a...

If you avoid peanuts, it’s likely you know the joy of cashews. Slightly sweet and smooth in texture, cashews provide not only relief to those with...

The prevalence of food allergy has dramatically increased over the past two to three decades, and not just among children. Preliminary results...

When someone in the family is diagnosed with a food allergy, a choice must be made whether to ban the problem food or foods from the home. The...

Looking for a fun way to share what you know about your own food allergies? Or are you hoping to educate the people around you in a fun way about...

According to the results of a new study, children lacking Vitamin D may be more susceptible to food allergies. Researchers working at the Albert...

If you or your child has a peanut or nut allergy, identifying the presence of nuts in food becomes a priority, but what if the written or spoken...

Soap allergies can cause a lot of discomfort and itching. If you suddenly develop a rash or bumps on your skin, you may suspect that you have an...

Even professionals can have difficulty keeping up with the constant flow of updated information available in their field. A survey study presented...

People with pollen allergies can develop allergic reactions to fresh fruits, vegetables and/or nuts. This is called the pollen-food allergy...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...