Hives from stress or environmental allergy?

Posted on: Thu, 04/06/2000 - 11:22pm
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

My 25 month old PA daughter is being potty trained right now. We have been in the house all week long, with the exception of the backyard to play in. She has had two separate hives reactions. I know the food she ate both times was safe and were foods that she eats on a regular basis. I gave her benedryl the 2nd time and they went away. Both times they popped up on various parts of her body and would come and go. Do you think it could be stress from potty traning or an environmental allergy? The pollen is really bad right now and we have an indoor/outdoor dog. I've noticed she has been coughing every morning, too. Can you get hives from either stress or an environmental allergy? Thanks! Shan [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 04/06/2000 - 11:50pm
Yankee's picture
Joined: 03/08/2000 - 09:00

pIs she wearing training pants or pull-ups while you potty train her? One mother on this board said her child had a reaction to Huggies Pull-ups. Just a thought..../p

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2000 - 12:02am
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

pShe is wearing training pants...Thanks for the help. Shan [img][/img]/p

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2000 - 12:21pm
dhumphries's picture
Joined: 02/02/1999 - 09:00

pHas your child been tested for pet allergens? This sounds like the same reaction my son has to being exposed to dogs or cats./p

Posted on: Fri, 04/07/2000 - 10:07pm
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

pUGH. I hope it is not our dog. She has been with us since before our daughter was born. Can you suddendly develop an allergy to dogs after being so close to them for so long? It has actually happened again several times now since I posted this. It is weird. It comes and goes on different spots on her body withing minutes. It is not alot, but rather small patches on various parts of her body. It aslo seems to itch her. She has not been tested for pet allergens. I need a new referral to an allergist (We're going to the ped in a couple weeks.) and I'm hoping to find a new allergist soon. (Not too happy with ours now.) Can this reaction get worse? Thanks! Shan/p

Posted on: Sun, 04/09/2000 - 1:39am
AnMaMc's picture
Joined: 01/25/2000 - 09:00

pShe sounds alot like my son at that age. Right around 1 1/2 to 3 years old is when my son's environmental and pet allergies came to surface. We already knew he had PA since 13 months and also knew he was allergic to dogs and cats, but, the reactions to the animals became more distinctive. He could not even be in the same room with a dog at that age!! He would start with patches of hives and itching and it would progress to red eyes and then a cough at the worst stage. My mother in law had a dog in her home and we had to avoid her home except for holidays and birthdays. Also environmentally by the age 3 we knew he had pollen and grass as well as mold allergies. Every spring he would get a terrible cold that would last for at least 2 weeks and the morning cough longer than that!! His allergist didn't recommend allergy shots at that age (he ended up getting tested at 3 for environmental) so we basically had to "live with it". He is now 5 1/2 and has started allergy shots and is on Claritin once a day. He has greatly improved since then!!!! He hadn't missed any school until March because of illness. March was the first time he had been sick since late fall. He seems to have trouble with the "transition" months....September, October, March and April. He still gets hives and red eyes from animals, though. I also remember during that time frame (15 months to 3 years old) is when he had his first ear infections. He hasn't had one since he was 3. I think that at certain ages allergies may erupt. Possibly from the exposure factor./p

Posted on: Sun, 04/09/2000 - 6:43pm
Gwen Thornberry's picture
Joined: 10/14/1999 - 09:00

pDoes your daughter only get the hives when she goes out in the back yard? It may be those midges or gnats or whatever you call them! Those tiny little flies anyway. My daughter is thankfully not allergic to anything (so far), but those things seem to think she is dessert on legs. We live near a river and a little park so those flies are everywhere from April to October. The minute Eva goes out they swarm all over her and she comes home with a lot of itchy red /
I usually just cover her as best I can in insect repellant, which seems to work./p

Posted on: Sun, 04/09/2000 - 10:54pm
PattyR's picture
Joined: 04/12/2002 - 09:00

pHi, I grew up with a house in which we always had a dog. When I went away to college and came back, I was suddenly allergic! I probably had been for a while but had become accustomed to it. Now I can't tolerate being in the same room as a dog. I just explode! If the dog rubs up against me I break out in hives /
In response to the mosquitos, I have heard that the bites cause allergic reactions. That is why some people say they never are bitten. They are probably just not reacting. It could be that some of our highly allergic children may have more of a reaction to mosquito bites./p

Posted on: Mon, 04/10/2000 - 12:26am
Shan's picture
Joined: 04/05/1999 - 09:00

pThanks for the opinions. Her hives have popped up when we were inside, too. Shan/p

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