drug allergy?

Posted on: Tue, 09/10/2002 - 12:11pm
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pHi guys, need your help with this one. Heres the story, my ds woke up saturday morning and had an accident in the bed, I took off the underwear and there were a couple large red blotches, diden't think much of it. Later on in the day I noticed his ear was red with some red patches behind the ear. then saw some other red blotches form elsewear, called the doctor and they said that they were probably migrating hives and the zyrtec he takes everynight should be enough and to call if they get worse. Well, sure enough at about 4 in the morning his whole upper thighs were covered and his stomache under the arm and on the face that was enough for me trip to the er. They gave benadryl and they started to look a lot better everyone said so dident help that he was crying on the way because he thought he was gonna get cut open, no idea where he got that idea,so that made him even blotchier on the face. anyway he was taking prednisone his nightly zyrtec and one teaspoon of zithromax every night for 5 nigh t which he had 3 doses of. he was having asthma because of a virus probably contracted at the wisconson dells trip we had just gotten back from,lol. I have gone over what we ate and really can't come up with anything it could have been, he wasen't really eating all that much because he wasen't feeling all that well. My sister thinks it looked more to her like a drug allergy, which she has had hives from herself, what do you guys think? any guesses? This was such an awful thing to happen and see the only other thing I can think is maybe laying in the soaked sheets that I had just bleached? It was almost too slow to be a food reaction because I saw it first thing when he got up and the night before he had spagettios for dinner and diden't eat much ? thank for your help/p

Posted on: Tue, 09/10/2002 - 12:54pm
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I have heard a number of times that viruses can cause hives. Since you say he had contracted some virus, I would definitely consider that as a possibility too. Why did your sister say it "looked like" a drug allergy? What was different about it?

Posted on: Tue, 09/10/2002 - 6:33pm
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Yes viruses do the migrating hives thing - my daughter with the peanut allergy had a virus once which brought about the hives - had a cold and then developed hives. How I guessed it was a virus and not food/environment/drugs was that a week later I got the same bug and later on developed migrating hives too - terribly itchy - went away after 2 weeks...

Posted on: Tue, 09/10/2002 - 9:52pm
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Well, the red blotches diden't initally look like a hive to me, it was flat and it was in patches although there were some that were smaller, I tried to look it up and saw a picture of drug induced hives and it sort of looked like that. Although later on he did have some hives with bumps in the middle, it never seemed to itch him really. My sister has had the same type of experience with penecillin,I know I've spelled that one wrong, lol, her neck was all red and patches would migrate, and I think she said it was common for it to start lower in the trunk. I just never saw either of my kids have anything like this before they did say it could be possible it was the virus, but then again anything culd be. I myself have the virus also and boy, do I wish I would break out in hives just to confirm, but maybe it hit him differently. Thanks for your input
bonny

Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2002 - 9:05am
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I just had an allergic reaction to zithromax last month.

Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2002 - 10:33am
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i would mark down and keep record of reaction and the medicines. my allergy daughter reacted to ceclor with these travelling red patches (at first i thought it was irritation from diaper, first apeared ontummy), later on though she did have some minor swelling in her joints (e.g. knees), we would up in er, they gave her medication, they said it probably was virus (but the meds they gave her treated it like an allergy)and i also realized there were some tiny bumps by her diaper area (again thinking that it was diaper rash) but realizing later it was probably the medicine. it was my first intro to allergies (the peanut stuff showed up later). but i am suspicious of medications. one question, did you happen to give any other medicines (over the counter). i am allergic to several medicines, and many o my reactions have not been the classic 'textbook' reaction. as for my daughter we avoid that medication (and another one she had a suspicious reaction to- amoxiciliin -- ) when she's older, we figure we try some testing at the allergist and we see then how the results are. also i am more likely to have throat cultures, etc., to make sure antibiotics are needed.

Posted on: Wed, 09/11/2002 - 10:49pm
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Good point, I am not going to be in any big hurry to use an antibiotic again thats for sure! As far as any other drugs, no over the counter, he was taking 1 1/2 tsp 2xs a day for 3 days then 1tsp 2xs a day for 3 days which after the hive incident was gone we tapered off early, and 1 tsp zithromax daily, and every night 1 tsp of zyrtec. Cathlina, what was your reaction to zithromax? I have a neighbor who is a pharmacist and said an allergic reaction to zithromax is rare, more likely to be allergic to penecilliun, or sulfa drugs, I really do however think it was either zithromax or a combonation of zyrtec and zithromax? still in the back of my mind I think what if it was a food item, and there is all that guilt and fear, He diden't eat at all on friday until about 4:00 and we had wendys, went to the store grocery shopping and got home about 6:00, everything was fine, btw, my tree nut allergic daughter and not yet allergic 2 yr old ate there too, ds has always tested neg on skin prick 2xs to all tree nuts, my daughter positive to all. Then we played inside and I made something for dinner although I don't think he was real hungry, I think spagettios, and went to bed around 10 [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/redface.gif[/img]o woke up in the morning and had the wetting problem changed underwear and saw red patches there. Then thruout the day noticed them elsewear until 4:00 am when he had an extreme case, cannot figure anything else but the meds. My husband does not think it was a food item either, I am suspicous of everything but I din't know if that is too long for a reaction to show up? and he was on prednisone at the time did that mask any symptoms that would have been worse? and there was a second phase reaction that was worse?
thanks for all your input, feeling slightly better
bonny

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 1:42am
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Bonnie, thought I'd let you know that when my son tried spaghettios, he also ended up w/ a red blotchy rash, eczema, starting in the same area as your son. He also breaks out in the same area now when he eats frozen pizza. I had to give him an oatmeal bath last time as it was so itchy and irritating to him. He used to be able to eat frozen pizza w/o problems. He can tolerate fresh pizza. His allergist thinks it may be the preservatives.
Hope you can find out the source...I know it is incredibly frustrating!

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 9:12am
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Love my c ,
How long after he eats does he have this rash/ hives? My sons was very severe, all over his thighs on stomache under arms and face, I have seen hives before but never anything like this. BTW, we had spagettios today no problem, pretty sure thats not it.

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 9:29am
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Why is a baby getting Ceclor? My doctor told me that it is not supposed to prescribed to children anymore because studies showed it was causing an allergic syndrome.
My daughter when she was 9 took it and we had a time with an allergic reaction that lasted for 3 weeks. My nieces also had an allergic reaction to it.
I had another doctor tell me several years ago that he had seen way too many allergic reactions to children with that drug and he was writing a letter to the FDA.

Posted on: Thu, 09/12/2002 - 10:27am
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My son's eczema from preservatives (?) had shown up the next day, but now it shows up w/in hours. I agree that it's probably not the spaghettios causing the problem for your son if he has since tolerated them fine.
My son broke out to amoxicillin at 5 months-got a picture of that one, very nasty! He tried Cefzil once and started to break out after 3 days so I discontinued that. We were all on Zithromax when he was 15 months old and he had terribly painful GI reactions. And just this year he broke out in hives, all over his trunk from Claritin. I tried Zyrtec on him about 4 different times and each time he would end up w/ one or two distinct red bumps (individual hives) though quite different from his other allergic reactions to medicines. Thankfully, my son has been very healthy
and hasn't been prescribed an antibiotic in over 2 years. I hate trying new meds for him-I now develop a nervous twitch when they write out prescriptions for him-talk about not pretty [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/tongue.gif[/img]

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