Need advice & wisdom

Posted on: Sun, 03/05/2006 - 10:56am
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I need some advice and wisdom. My dd is 13 months old and was diagnosed last month with PA, dairy, egg, soy, corn & pork. I called & got RAST levels last week & they were PA - 4.65, Dairy - 5.88, egg - 2.20, soy 0.62. The corn & pork showed no allergy with RAST but did with skin test. We found out about allergies when she reacted with severe hives to her first glass of milk at 1 year. She has never had peanuts or a reaction that I know of. DD has developed hives about 4 times since removing allergens from her diet. Not severe, but sometimes around her mouth and always on her stomach (which always had a rash before we knew about her allergies.) I have no idea what is causing this. I have been so careful, reading every label. I have recently introduced corn back in but the hives do not always seem to correlate to eating corn. Could she be reacting to trace amount of dairy on my hand from touching a piece of cheese or from my mouth from kissing her face after eating cereal? I try to be really careful not to cross contaminate after fixing older dd food, but ??? She also takes Zyrtec every night so I haven't been giving her benadryl when I notice the hives. I worry at night that the reaction will turn worse and I won't know. Any advice or wisdom from those of you who have been dealing with this much longer than me? Thanks.

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Posted on: Sun, 03/05/2006 - 11:46am
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Hi...
It's scary when you can't find the cause...Has your daughter been tested for allergies other than food? My daughter is allergic to cats and feathers in addition to being PA. The feathers can cause a rash...
hoping you find the cause soon...
julie

Posted on: Sun, 03/05/2006 - 1:16pm
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At that age my daughter reacted with hives when I grated cheese and then touched her bare skin with my (unwashed) hand.
If your child is very sensitive, she could react to trace amounts from cooking smells, invisible smears on furniture etc.
Also, hives can be caused by viruses. It can be difficult or impossible to pinpoint the cause of hives.
Check with your doctor, you may be able to use Benadryl for the hives even though your daughter takes Zyrtec every day. Our kids' allergist said it was ok for them to take both (but they are older, so you should check first.)
If you suspect contact reactions are the cause you may want to try eliminating the top allergens (peanut, milk and egg) from your household. It is a lifestyle change, but it is doable.
Good luck!
Cathy
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Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
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Posted on: Sun, 03/05/2006 - 2:32pm
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Don't know how much "advice and wisdom" I can offer, but can tell you my son definitely develops hives when we touch him or kiss him after handling or eating milk and cheese. I did a quick rinse one time, instead of soap and warm water, and he ended up with my handprints in hives around his body. In our house, I care more about everyone washing after our meals instead of before! We all wash our mouths too. It really cut back on the "mystery" hives that appear despite all the precautions we take.

Posted on: Mon, 03/06/2006 - 3:03am
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Quote:Originally posted by ethanb'smom:
[b]Don't know how much "advice and wisdom" I can offer, but can tell you my son definitely develops hives when we touch him or kiss him after handling or eating milk and cheese. I did a quick rinse one time, instead of soap and warm water, and he ended up with my handprints in hives around his body. In our house, I care more about everyone washing after our meals instead of before! We all wash our mouths too. It really cut back on the "mystery" hives that appear despite all the precautions we take.[/b]
This is our story as well - exactly! In our case, my ds has a more severe reaction to touch of milk than to ingestion. He's 2 1/2 now.

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 1:12am
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Thanks for the replies. I'm going to try to be more careful when using dairy products. I think she really is contact sensitive to those. About the environmental allergies. They did test for them, but she only showed allergies to dust and a little bit to dogs (which we do have one.) Yesterday was the first day she did not have hives and we did not use any dairy products yesterday. Maybe that's what is was. Who knows!

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 9:46am
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I may be off base on this guess, but my son was getting hives and rashes on his stomach for the longeast time, and it turned out he was allergic to nickel. The snap on his pants and/or the zipper was causing it. He wore sweatpants and track pants almost exclusively for years (even using clear nail polish on the snap or button didn't stop it). Finally, at 14, he can wear jeans again, mainly because he wears boxer shorts that are above the level of the top of the jeans. OH! --He also had reactions to the tapes on disposable diapers. He would have a red, raised-up rash on either side of his belly button. It took me awhile to figure out it was the glue in the tape. As far as reacting from being kissed, well, my son will break out in hives all over his body if someone even spills milk on him (he once had a serious reaction after another child poured a cup of chocolate milk into a kiddie pool full of water that he was in), so who knows? Possible, I'd say.
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Kelly C in Connecticut

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 9:59am
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Kelly,
That is interesting about the nickel & diapers. I'll keep an eye out for that. It's so hard to pinpoint what is causing the reaction! Thanks!
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Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2006 - 11:17am
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Hey KellyCinCT, my girlfriends son is the same exact way.....I didnt even think of that when I read the first post. Thats a good idead though..
tim

Posted on: Sun, 03/05/2006 - 11:46am
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Hi...
It's scary when you can't find the cause...Has your daughter been tested for allergies other than food? My daughter is allergic to cats and feathers in addition to being PA. The feathers can cause a rash...
hoping you find the cause soon...
julie

Posted on: Sun, 03/05/2006 - 1:16pm
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At that age my daughter reacted with hives when I grated cheese and then touched her bare skin with my (unwashed) hand.
If your child is very sensitive, she could react to trace amounts from cooking smells, invisible smears on furniture etc.
Also, hives can be caused by viruses. It can be difficult or impossible to pinpoint the cause of hives.
Check with your doctor, you may be able to use Benadryl for the hives even though your daughter takes Zyrtec every day. Our kids' allergist said it was ok for them to take both (but they are older, so you should check first.)
If you suspect contact reactions are the cause you may want to try eliminating the top allergens (peanut, milk and egg) from your household. It is a lifestyle change, but it is doable.
Good luck!
Cathy
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Mom to 6 1/2 yr old PA/TNA daughter and 3 yr old son who is allergic to eggs.
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