Do hives feel dry?

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 12:29pm
ahensley's picture
Joined: 08/23/2005 - 09:00

This is a weird question, but my PA DS came out of the shower tonight with big blotchy skin (also has vesicles/pimples scattered throughout) on his bottom, back outer and inner part of thighs. It seems like it came out of nowhere. I remember this happening once before a year or two ago...

Both times he has been playing outside on a cool night (around 60 degrees here in Phx) wearing jeans and long sleeve shirt for few hours. He has not been rolling in grass etc, that would make him break out - last time this happened - I didn't know if it was hives so I called the allergist after giving him benadryl and steriods - the allergist told me it didn't sound like hives. They aren't wheels or isn't raised - and there are actually dry patches too.

What concerns me is why does it come on so fast and does water make it worse? I gave him Benadryl and small dose of Zyrtec- it appears to be better, but still concerns me - How can I really tell if its hives vs. acute onset of eczema. If he had eczema a lot, I guess I wouldn't get so worried. It seems more contact to me due to the location of it, but he has none on his arms, trunk, face. Its just all over his bum and thighs.

Any thoughts and if this is eczema - what can I put on it ... I used Eucerin calming cream and he cried because it burned so bad.

Thanks so much AGAIN!


Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 6:49pm
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

My first thought is what kind of soap was he using? My DS had terrible eczema up till the age of 3 and there were very few soaps we could use on him and we kept having to switch. He did NOT do well with the Eucerin either. If your DS says it burns, then it burns. Do not use it again. You will have to find another emollient. This can be a trial and error affair. We found a fabulous one that has no junk (i.e. perfumes or collarents or parabens) in it but I don't think it's available in the States (I live in Ireland) but I will tell you the ingredients:
Emulsifying wax BP 30% w/w
Yellow Soft paraffin BP 30% w/w
Liquid paraffin
This stuff is magic.
I would shop around and try different things. Keep his bath soap something as simple as possible. Have you tried pure glycerin soap or pure olive oil soap?

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 10:19pm
melissiabeth's picture
Joined: 05/24/2006 - 09:00

My daughters ezcema looks like what you described at the beginning of a flare up and it ALWAYS looks worse after a bath. My ezcema is terrible if I take a really hot bath- I also have really sensitive skin and tend to get rashes after baths.
Here's what we were told to do for the ezcema:
Bathe for 20 minutes (make sure the water isn't too hot)
Don't wash hair or body until end of bath
We use Dove unscented soap
Pat dry
Immediatley put either Eucerin Creme or Aquaphor or even Vaseline on
We give her Atarax daily for itching and use Elicon if needed
The above really worked for us. Eucerin calming lotion makes my ezcema burn and so does Aveeno Lotion. My daughter would cry whe n we would use the Aveeno Lotion (I thought it would reduce the itching)
I didn't get ezcema until I was 13 years old, so maybe you son is just getting it later?
Good Luck!

Posted on: Wed, 01/10/2007 - 11:16pm
ahensley's picture
Joined: 08/23/2005 - 09:00

Thanks for your replies. We are not new to eczema, as DS had it first at 2 months old, but over the last couple of years - it hasn't been there, or if it is, very mild. I just got kinda scared thinking it might be hives... which this am, his legs aren't red but still really dry. All I have at home is aquaphor so I will use that until I get to the store.
I appreciate your replies - with this PA - everything becomes bigger than it actually is.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 12:12am
barb1123's picture
Joined: 04/08/2000 - 09:00

My thinking was that maybe it's the soap your ds is using that is making him break out in hives? What does he use in the shower to wash with?

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 1:33am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

I'm sure that others would have better opinions than me on the hives but I wanted to mention that when my DS had really bad excema we used lanolin just to keep it moisturized and protected. Vaseline would probably do just as well. They don't have all the extra junk to cause the burning. Good luck.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 1:59am
PurpleCat's picture
Joined: 01/28/2006 - 09:00

Sounds like my DD's signal that eczema is coming - her allergist says it is the first sign her skin is too dry. Yes, shower or tub seem to make it look worse and it only improves with plenty of moisturizer each night. We use Aveeno baby moisturizer as it does not irritate her eczema further.

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 3:53am
KaraLH's picture
Joined: 10/11/2006 - 09:00

Sounds like Eczema to me. That's where my daughter's worst spots are too- buns and thighs. Actually I guess those spots are 2nd next to her hands. We like Cetaphil. However, my daughter is allergic to the white petrolatum. Breaks out in hives from that and makes her eczema worse. The Cetaphil hand cream does not have that in it. But we also use a steroid- Dermatop for bad flares ups and another non-steroidal cream: Atopiclair, it's new and seems to work well. The problem is that these really sting her too. I love the idea of the pure lanolin. I would never have thought of that! And, I have never seen Epa-Derm(?) that Barb mentioned, but it looks good. I'm in Michigan. Anyone else in the US ever heard of it?

Posted on: Thu, 01/11/2007 - 4:52am
Corvallis Mom's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

Our experience is that the two are inextricably linked... [i]sigh[/i]
You can have eczema without hives.... but not hives without eczema after. [img][/img]
Vanicream. It's what we use, both for eczema and general moisturizing.

Posted on: Sun, 01/14/2007 - 11:00pm
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

My son had this and it looks like pimples, it was on his thighs. After a shower, it was more pronounced. It is a virus. When I took him to the dermatologist, they literally scooped them out. Poor baby. He is such a trooper though. Then they gave him a topical anti viral. We had to go back a month later and get the ones that returned removed. (this time we had lidocane cream to numb the areas).
Apparently your body builds an immunity and he hasn't gotten them again.
Also, I thought it was his eczema and the allergist diagnosed it. It is contageous. (I wish this board had a spell checker!!!)

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