HELP!! SON\'S 5 DAY TERRIBLE RASH!!!

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 2:26pm
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My son (already diagnosed peanut and egg allergic) had what seemed to be an allergic reaction a full five days ago (allergen was unclear). We have had him on orapred (steroid) and prescrip strength antihistamine for over four days. STILL every night he is breaking out in a TERRIBLE Rasberry rash of hives head to toe (changes location). Some doctors are telling us he probably has a viral infection and not an allergic reaction after all. HAS ANYONE OUT THERE GONE THROUGH THIS??? IS THIS JUST AS DANGEROUS EVEN IF IT IS A VIRUS?

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Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 3:05pm
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Hello there. I am so sorry that you are all having to go thru this. It must be very scary. I can't give first hand information, but you will definitely get valuable responses. Try searching your interests here too because I distinctly remember other members with similar issues. I will try to find it.
I hope symptoms start to subside soon.
In my thoughts,
Samber
I bumped up "Reaction? Ever have this problem". Maybe the descriptions might help.
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Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2007 - 11:56pm
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What is your son's age? (Yes, there's a reason I ask...)

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 12:36am
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He is five and 1/2 IDEAS?

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 2:24am
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Years ago our son had a horrible reaction to Huggies Pull Ups. If your son is 5 1/2, that's not it!!
But, any chance he's wearing something new to bed that hasn't yet been washed?
After the Huggies incident, we found out that our son can't wear ANYthing that hasn't been washed. That includes sheets/blankets on his bed, etc... EVERYthing. (Even his cloth Medic Alert bracelet.)
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Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 4:09am
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This happened to my DS about 2 yrs ago (when he was 2 1/2)...horrible hives that came and went in intensity, he looked like a leper, and it lasted for over a week (I'm thinking it was more like 2 wks)...I thought I'd lose my mind. He is also allergic to pn and egg...his ped and 2 allergists diagnosed it as a virus and it eventually went away. He had had a cold just previous to the hives...his would get worse every am, then come and go throughout the day, and change places on his body. He switched from Zyrtec to Atarax during this time to help w/ the itching and I gave him Aveeno baths several times a day.
If this is what your child has, it will eventually work itself out of his system.
HTH,
Melissa

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 5:08am
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Thank you thank you - that sounds just like what we're dealing with (and thanks too for the advice about washing everything) It is good to hear from other people who appreciate how urgent all this feels..

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 6:05am
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We went through that with my older son... thats actually what led us to do allergy testing on him but eveything came back negative. He was diagosed with a virus as well. The whole experience was maddening so I know how frustrated you are right now. It went away on its own and he's showing now lasting effects [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img]
I hope it clears up soon for your son!!

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 6:11am
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Exactly!!!!!!
Never really found out if it was a "short lived allergy to milk" or a virus. Now looking back and researching, it could have been a virus. I was a wreck. We had her on zyrtec, beni and steroids and the hives and redness were still EVErYWHErE. I took her to ER 2 times!!!!!
Since that time, I have talked to people whose kids symptoms were like that and it was a virus.
I know what you are dealing with. Good luck. I had over 11 nights of it, sleeping with here and checking her all the time.

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 8:20am
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My DD will do this if I don't double rinse her cloths when I wash them. I do not use fabric softener (yes we are sometimes the crackle family), but that seemed to do the trick.
When we were trying to figure out what was causing her reaction it was suggested to be dust mites. Do you have dust mite covers on the mattress? Stuffed animals are another possibility. Hope this helps.

Posted on: Tue, 03/20/2007 - 10:53am
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This happened to me once when I was home from college for winter break. It was terrible. Every morning as I woke up, I'd find a few hives on my arms and start scratching. They spread and spread and by the time I was up out of bed they were spreading in waves, till I was covered with hives all over my body within about 15 minutes. The hives would blend together to form huge welts. It was unreal and frightening.
My mother would take me to the emergency room and they'd give me a shot of epinephrine, the hives would subside and the next morning it would start all over again. Horrible!!
Eventually, the morning hive attacks got less severe so I didn't have to get a shot every day. They would just come and go, fewer and fewer hives each day. Finally they were gone. It was the most bizarre and freakish thing. It lasted around a week.

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