Daily antihistamines and contact reactions

Posted on: Sat, 02/09/2002 - 8:11am
DMB's picture
Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

Hello everyone. It's been awhile since I've posted. In the past, I know we've talked about this topic in various discussions, but I wanted to throw this question out there again since my son has made some great progress in this department.

My son had a history of being very sensitive to the smallest traces of peanuts. He had many, many small reactions (hives, red eyes) that we could only conclude were contact reactions. Since I knew he hadn't eaten anything with peanuts, I would just give him benadryl and the hives would clear up in a matter of minutes. The pediatrician finally started Evan on Zyrtec last fall (to help with his environmental allergies and asthma) and he has been a completely different child. We have not had one case of mystery hives since last September!

So my question is . . . if your child is not contact sensitive, is he/she on a daily antihistamine? Or if your child was contact sensitive, were the reactions greatly reduced or eliminated after they were put on a daily antihistamine?


Posted on: Sat, 02/09/2002 - 11:31am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

We may be facing this decision if our son ends up having contact reactions every day at school - he's set to start K this Fall. I was wondering if the medication affected your son in any negative way at all?

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 12:01am
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Joined: 01/11/2002 - 09:00

I have been wondering the same thing. Kate and Joseph take Claritin (spelling?) or Atarax and times and I wonder if that has helped them not to have contact reactions?
I believe that it may have!!

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 12:50am
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Joined: 02/22/2001 - 09:00

Hi Tammy. The zyrtec has not had any negative affects on Evan at all. But I know every child reacts differently to different medications. Evan will start kindergarten this fall, too. I will not be dreading it near as much if his zyrtec continues to prevent these small reactions.
Cammie, when my son's pediatrician said she wanted to start him on zyrtec last fall, I asked her if she thought it would help with these smaller reactions. She said it definitely would since he would have this antihistamine in his system 24 hours a day.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 4:23am
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Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

My son has been taking Zyrtek daily for 18 months. Our paediatrician has said that it is to try to help prevent him developing asthma but will also give him some protection if he comes into contact with one of his allergic foods.
He is contact sensitive to raw egg, but doesn't react when he is taking Zyrtek. However although according to our paediatrician, there are no side effects and therefore no problems with him taking it long term it has not prevented him developing new allergies. Since he's been taking it he has become allergic to fish and beans. We found this out when we gave him these foods which he had previously had no problems with when we were waiting to go for skin prick tests and had to leave him off the Zyrtek for 7 days.
According to our p. any allergies covered up by the Zyrtek are not serious. However, I still check him periodically with potentially allergenic foods before I give him the Zyrtek for the day - strawberries and peas recently with no problems (yet!)
BTW, daily doses of Zyrtek don't seem to have affected my son's behaviour or anything like that.

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 9:21am
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DMB, I know I've posted about this before, but I really truly believe that Jesse has NOT suffered contact reactions at school (when he's not in his "peanut free" classroom) or when we're in an environment that's not "peanut free" because he has been on a daily antihistamine for environmental allergies since the age of 2-1/2.
Now, as I've also posted re this, his daily dose of antihistamine certainly did NOT prevent him from having anaphylactic reactions when he either ingested or touched the pb rice krispie square merely to his lips. He still had the anaphylactic reactions.
But, again, we've been extremely fortunate since he started school that he has had NO reactions whatsoever - hives, nothing and I do really believe it's the daily dose of Claritin.
I know that PeanutTrace also started her child on a daily antihistamine for the same reason.
Now, I'm not clear if I would have started Jesse on a daily antihistamine regardless because of his PA. It's not something I had to deal with because he needed one for his environmental allergies year-round regardless.
Also, it's interesting that you should raise this question to-day because our whole house has run out of antihistamine (big no in this house [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img] ) and my one main concern with this is that Jesse may have a contact reaction while at school because he doesn't have his daily dose of antihistamine (it's a long story about why we ran out of antihistamine and I will be getting some tomorrow, but we've been without any for two days and I've started to go further insane [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img] already!).
And, I've missed your posts! I noticed you'd done a walk through of a lot of topics yesterday or over the week-end and was really pleased to see you again! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 9:25am
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Oh, and the other thing I wanted to mention was that because of this daily dose of antihistamine, we've never been sure whether Jesse is contact sensitive or not. I'm assuming that he would be only because of the past severity of his reactions, but it's something I really won't be sure of unless he's not taking his antihistamine for some time.
I think I also wanted to mention that I certainly don't feel great that my little guy had to start taking an antihistamine at such a young age, but given who his Mother is [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] , I've kinda learned how to deal with him being on medication at such a young age. I guess it's the same conflict I feel about him having been on asthma meds since around the same age as well.
Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

Posted on: Mon, 02/11/2002 - 10:48am
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Joined: 10/02/2001 - 09:00

Unfortunately for us benadryl and Zyrtec make my son (21/2) extremely hyper to the point that he literally runs in cirles and bounces off of walls. I have given him benedryl a few times when he has had a contact reaction and though it cleared up the hives right away, we are left with the tazmanian devil for at least 2 hours. We travel to california from NJ quite a bit and Our allergist suggested we pre medicate him with benedryl or zyrtec before we fly, but I can't imagine being on an airplane with him like that. My only hope is that by the time he is old enough to go to school, his body won't react so severly to the antihistamine. Finally my question - does anyone know any other antihistimines that may have different properties?

Posted on: Wed, 02/13/2002 - 8:16am
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Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

We put our dd on Zyrtec at age 2 to help prevent the blossoming of a worsening case of reactive airway disease and a burgeoning dust mite allergy into asthma... (we were starting to notice nighttime coughing spasms, etc... which improved anytime her bedding was changed and rugs were vacuumed). Allergist felt that at least during pollen season it was a good idea to keep things down to a dull roar, so to speak.
Anyway- she STILL had many systemic reactions (hives, edema, bloodshot eyes, general malaise) to aerosol and contact exposures. Benedryl usually cleared those up within twenty minutes or so, but we know that her pn allergy is not one that "premedicating" helps with. Note- we discontinued the Zyrtec back in November at the end of pollen season and noticed no changes in anything at all. (Note to self... as the trees bud out, need to refill that Rx!! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] )Who knows- maybe you can relax a little about this one, Cindy- I hope so!!

Posted on: Sun, 02/24/2002 - 1:01am
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Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

Wow, it's been a long time since I've been on these boards. I received an email about something I posted a while ago and thought I would check out the main board.
Ethan is not contact sensitive--meaning we eat at various restaurants, that have nuts in some of the items they serve (we, of course, triple check his food and do not order anything containing peanuts/nuts for us) and he has absolutely no reaction of any kind; he has been on an airplane where someone sitting 1 row ahead of us and across the aisle was eating a bag of peanuts (which I could strongly smell) no reaction of any kind; he has been to my relatives houses where they serve their children peanut butter sandwiches (of course, not with us there) no reaction of any kind; we have been to our grocery store where they had an open bin of peanuts (I didn't see them until we were standing about 3 feet from them) and he had no reaction of any kind.
So this is why I believe that Ethan is not contact sensitive or smell for that matter.
Ethan does not take any medication on a daily basis.
Hope this helps!! :-)
P.S. DMB, we still need to get together. My husband's grandmother just passed away so when things settle down, I'll give you a call.

Posted on: Fri, 05/03/2002 - 9:23pm
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