Hives won\'t go away!

Posted on: Fri, 05/16/2003 - 11:52am
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OK, I hope somebody here can help me. My PA ds (2-1/2) suddenly developed hives on 1/2 of his body today. He went to a new daycare today, but I stressed no peanuts and they had nothing on the menu with peanuts in it. After we got home he took a 2 hour nap (I noticed nothing strange before). After he woke up and we were outside, he went over to my neighbor to show her his tummy. Turns out he had hives/rash on the right side of his body. Face, arm, right side of torso and leg. I have given him a tsp of Benadryl twice in two hours and it's still there. I won't give him any more Benadryl tonight, but what can I do to help him? It's hot and itchy.

Help!!!

Michele

Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 3:41am
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Wow. This has got to be just awful for your daughter. (and for you)
Has she eaten any of those foods again since the onset of her hives? If not, I would guess that it would be close to impossible to have an ongoing "acute" food reaction like this... Could easily be something else though, like a laundry detergent or even something like a pollen.
Have you talked to your doctor about eliminating any allergenic foods for a few days at a time? The major 8 food allergens are dairy, fish, shellfish, soy, wheat, eggs, peanut, and tree nuts. Eggs seem to cause hives in a lot of individuals, and they are in so many things that it is possible that this is the trouble... though please note that it is possible for it to be anything at all.
It is also quite possible that it is virally related. Does your daughter have lots of other allergies? (That seems to make kids more susceptible to viral hives.)
Sorry I can't be of more help. Do you have an allergist? I would press to see one if you have not already. Make sure that your doctors are aware of any atopic conditions in your family as well- asthma, eczema, and other allergic conditions tend to run in families. This can have a large impact on a doctor's understanding/treatment of any atopic condition.
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Posted on: Wed, 05/21/2003 - 3:53am
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Hi,
I just read your story and I feel for you and your daughter.
She needs to get in to see an allergist for sure.
Also I got this info.from another website:
If your child has generalized urticaria, ask his/her doctor if
a medicine could be the cause. Reduce intake of acidic
fruits. Don't allow your child to eat foods or confectionery
containing tartrazine (a yellow dye, numbered 102 in the
list of ingredients on the container), or meats preserved
with benzoates (210-220). Try not to let your child get
overheated or too uptight. Cool the affected area with a
cold cloth or ice pack.
[url="http://www.robynsnest.com/hives.htm"]http://www.robynsnest.com/hives.htm[/url]
Good Luck and I hope they are gone soon!

Posted on: Thu, 05/22/2003 - 1:40am
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Thanks for your replies! She seemed somewhat better yesterday, stayed pretty clear through the day, though she was still broken out when she got up this morning. Maybe the end is in sight!
Thanks for the link--lots of info there. It will take me a while to get through it! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
She was not on any medications when this started, and she has not had any of the suspicious foods since then, either. Food dyes could be an issue, also maybe a viral reaction. She has shown no other symptoms such as fever or swollen glands, but oddly enough, her tonsils were enlarged one week BEFORE the hives started. Ever heard of DELAYED viral hives?
She was allergy tested around age 6 because of chronic sinus infections. Everything was negative. (Removing her adenoids took care of the infections.) The only thing she has reacted to before is pencillin and cephalosporin (hives), and she had hives with chicken pox. She seems to have sensitive skin in general (red hair [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]).
Our FP will send us to an allergist if she is still having problems after this week, even though he says they don't want to see cases of hives until after 6 weeks. Seems like we need to go anyway to try to figure out the cause. Don't want to go through this again!

Posted on: Fri, 05/16/2003 - 11:57am
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I would call his pediatrician.
Hope he feels well soon.

Posted on: Fri, 05/16/2003 - 12:53pm
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I would take the child to the emergency room!
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Posted on: Fri, 05/16/2003 - 1:08pm
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Yes...if Benadryl is not taking care of the reaction...take him to the ER.

Posted on: Sat, 05/17/2003 - 3:15am
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Thanks for all the help. I did call his Dr. He said that it sometimes takes a few doses of Benadryl to work. Since my ds wasn't wheezing or swollen like he usually is, and didn't seem too uncomfortable, the Dr. said to give a few more doses through today and see what happens (but did stress that if I wanted my ds seen by him, bring him in). The rash is still there, but better, so we're still waiting and watching!
Michele

Posted on: Sat, 05/17/2003 - 9:48am
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It took 3 days of benadryl given every 5 hours to get rid of our hives. The doc confirmed that it may take several days to get all of the histamines out of her system.

Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2003 - 2:44am
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I did alot of research on hives when my poor dh came down with a terrible case of them this past fall. He has no known allergies, but a history of some mild eczema patches so perhaps sensetive skin and some undiagnosed allergy.
He was covered. He was miserable. It took three to 4 weeks on strong antihistamines to clear, and he used a steriodal creme to help control the inflammation and itch. We think we traced it to a laundry soap combined with an energy efficient washer(uses very little water, so you need very little detergent).
Anyway, my point is, I read that hives can last several days to a few weeks, once they are triggered. They can be triggered by any number of causes, even stress(and we were under great stress at this time with a nephew nearly dying, his sister's baby). Sometimes, there is no know cause(that is ever found). It has not happened again. Just thought I would add what I discovered about hives, in general. Very frustrating, especially when we are dealing with life threatening allergy in our children who cannot tell us much about what they feel!
Glad he(your ds) is better. Becca
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Posted on: Sun, 05/18/2003 - 8:25am
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I think everyone gave good advice. I also think this is not exactly the place to go to if you need immediate help.
If ever in doubt go to an ER or call 911.
Wait-and-see is what does serious injury to most PA kids. Waiting to see what happens and waiting to see what the internet says also.
Peggy

Posted on: Mon, 05/19/2003 - 12:33am
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Wanted to add for future reference, with non-life threatening, but very uncomfortable hives, my son and I have found some relief from cold showers, while waiting for the anti-histamine to kick in. One case of week-long hives had my son in and out of a cold tub several times a day.
I don't know that this helped to get rid of the hives, but it did help relieve the itching.

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