Exzema or reaction? use benadryl?

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DS has exzema, asthma and PA. How do I know when he has patches of exzema if it is just exzema or a contact reaction? Do they always have hives? The other day he had a little red around his eyes and red exzema patches on his chest, I gave him benadryl just in case. Is that ok? I hate to give benadryl if it is not a allergy reaction. If we give benadryl too much will it become less effective when he does have a reaction and needs it?

On Mar 21, 2006

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Originally posted by momto1son: [b]DS has exzema, asthma and PA. How do I know when he has patches of exzema if it is just exzema or a contact reaction? Do they always have hives? The other day he had a little red around his eyes and red exzema patches on his chest, I gave him benadryl just in case. Is that ok? I hate to give benadryl if it is not a allergy reaction. If we give benadryl too much will it become less effective when he does have a reaction and needs it?[/b]

If I where you *I* would talk with DS doctor.

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On Apr 4, 2006

I understand your confusion. When my DS was an infant and toddler, he had eczema and he would have what we referred to as "Mystery Hives". He would get hives sometimes while taking a bath or really for no apparent reason. We didn't find out about the food allergies until he was older (4) and once we removed may contains and the other things he was allergic to, his skin improved and we don't have any hives. He also gets shots for environmental allergies. He is now 8. So, I would say in my case, DS was having hives because of a reaction to something. Maybe there is an environmental allergy that is causing a reaction.

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