My 13-yr-old daughter is in her 4th week of hives. We don't know yet what she is reacting to--among the foods she had the day it started were shrimp, strawberries, and macadamia nuts. She is on her third round of prednisone, as each time the dose is tapered down, the hives are still there. For the first week the reaction was very severe--unbearably itchy, large welts, which moved around, and swelling of face, hands, and feet at various times. After 2 weeks on prednisone and also taking 2 different antihistamines, the hives are better but not gone. It has been about the same for these last 2 weeks--not that itchy anymore and no more swelling. But it doesn't go away and even the high doses of prednisone only clear her skin temporarily--doesn't even last until time for the next dose. Has anyone else experienced a reaction like this? Is it still possible that this is an acute reaction (doctors don't consider it chronic until after 6 weeks)?
I realize that this is not a diagnosed peanut allergy, but I love the site and hope someone can help. If someone knows of a more appropriate site, please let me know. Thanks!!!
On May 21, 2003
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.
On May 21, 2003
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.
Good Luck and I hope they are gone soon!
On May 22, 2003
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!