Need Help Fast!! Allergic Reaction?

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:03am
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Just got a phone call from my mom. One of my son's eye just swelled up. He has MFA. No other symptoms. He ate exactly 3 hours ago. They have been at the playground today and out and about, but it swelled up after they had been home for a while. My mother has a safe house with no foods in it that he is allergic to. All of his reactions has involved his throat closing. He say's his throat is fine. He is on his way home now, but my mom lives 1 1/2 hours away. I told her is anything else appears to go to ER, and if anything with his throat to give Epi. Do you think this could be an allergic reaction?

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:14am
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I know last summer for no aparent reason while camping my son's eye began to swell. I paniced of course and the closest hospital was hours away. Anyhow, got him into a local doctor and it turned our he just had a reaction to a mosquito bite. We kept an eye on him and the swellen went down in a couple of days. That doesn't mean he is allergic to mosquitoes. The doctor said with each bite our bodies react differently....
Hope that helps. Maybe check for bug bites in the eye area. Good luck. I know it is scary....
Pam

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:17am
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Personally (for me, I don't have kids), I'd just go with the benedryl unless another symptom pops up. Because who knows, he could have touched some grass or a dog or something environmental and then rubbed his eye. My eyes have also gotten pretty bad if I had something in it for a while, like a lash or if I had a stye. So I think what you're doing is right, just make sure you guys keep an eye on him and he doesn't pop up with another symptom.

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:19am
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It could be any number of things, allergies being one of them. I get swollen eyes/eyelids all the time from recurrent eye infections. Conjunctivitis is ridiculously common among kids. There's the possibility that he just got something in his eye, and even if the thing that caused the problem is gone, often the swelling lasts longer. Ingrown eyelashes can cause this problem too. When my DH or DD has problems with itchy, swollen eyes it's usually because of environmental allergies--dust, pollen, cat dander. DD's food allergies will also cause her eyes to swell, but only after she has other symptoms. You didn't say if he's having problems with itchiness or pain in addition to the swelling. If his eyes are itchy in addition to the swelling, allergies might be the cause, but not necessarily food allergies. If it's just one eye that's affected (as it sounds like) then it's less likely to be from allergies, I'd think, and more likely to be from irritation or infection.
The advice you gave your mother is good, but I also would have recommended giving benadryl in case this is a reaction to something in the environment.
Sarah

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:21am
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Quote:Originally posted by starlight:
[b]Personally (for me, I don't have kids), I'd just go with the benedryl unless another symptom pops up. Because who knows, he could have touched some grass or a dog or something environmental and then rubbed his eye. My eyes have also gotten pretty bad if I had something in it for a while, like a lash or if I had a stye. So I think what you're doing is right, just make sure you guys keep an eye on him and he doesn't pop up with another symptom. [/b]
Just re-read. Did your mother give him benedryl? Because I think that would be a good idea if she has some with her, it should help with the swelling if it's because of an allergen (environmental or food). If not, his hands and face should be washed as soon as he can, and maybe have him cup some water in his hand and splash it in his eye.

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 2:41am
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Thanks for the quick replys. He has enviromental allergies so he gets a Loradatine in the morning, and Zyrtex at night. I don't think I could give him Benadryl on top of all of that???? Should I??
Also I just remembered that my mom said that he was crying at the playground because he got into a fight with his sister. He must have wiped the tears away. He could have had Peanut residue from the playground on his hand, or it could have been grass which he is also allergic to. That would explain the only one eye swelling. It seems strange that it didn't swell up until after they had been home for awhile. I know he always washes his hands when he comes in from outside.

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 3:49am
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Quote:Originally posted by seaside:
[b]Thanks for the quick replys. He has enviromental allergies so he gets a Loradatine in the morning, and Zyrtex at night. I don't think I could give him Benadryl on top of all of that???? Should I??
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Good question, I have no idea. I think you'd have to call your allergist or the pharmacist for that info....

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 4:24am
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I have 4 kids with food allergies...so I will answer the above about Benadryl...YES give it during an reaction!!!!!
If any of my kids has anything swelling(with no breathing or throat/mouth issues), I give Benadryl first thing then go throw them in the shower(wash off whatever *might* be aggivating them) if things get worse, then Epi...EVERY time. My kids all take Zyrtec in the am and nasalcort, and yes I give Benadryl as needed. My 4yr old got stung the other night, I gave him benadryl and watched his thumb. IMO, if your sons eye is swelling, give Benadryl to try to lessen the reaction at this point, have your mom continue to get him home unless he gets worse, call 911. Once home, wahs him off good(since she didn't before they left) and hopefully all will be okay. It might just be a bug bite(mosquito around his eye, or even a spider)in which case Benadryl would help with histamine levels as well. Good luck
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Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 1/2(beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig, hamster & asthma)
Jake-6 1/2(peanut, all tree nuts, seeds(all-sesame, sunflower, poppy, pine nut) beef, chicken, eggs, coconut(also avoiding legumes), trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-4 (peanut, tree nuts, milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig, hamster, grass, mold, dust mite and EE)
Savannah-1 1/2 (milk, beef and egg, dog(avoiding peanuts, tree nuts, strawberries, seeds, legumes and corn)

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 6:35am
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Is he home now? Everything OK?
I'd also wash him down really well. My DS did get hives at a playground last summer. He was playing with a steering wheel and I came up behind him and noticed a PB granola bar wrapper right under the steering wheel. We washed hands and left, but he had developed a couple hives anyway.
Any chance his reaction could have been a result of getting sand in his eye?
Hope everything turned out OK. I know that must have been scary.

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 8:05am
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could it be a bug bite on his eye? or a sty? just wondering because its just one eye that swelled and no hives.
yes you can give benadryll durring a reacation even with a dailey antihistime.
erin

Posted on: Mon, 08/13/2007 - 8:38am
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Yes, he is home now. By the time he got home the swelling was way down and just a little puffy. It almost looks now like he has a black eye. It is all red and blue where it was swelling. He also slept for about 3 hours when he got home. Of course I watched him the whole time. He is 9 so the fact that he wanted to take a nap is odd. I made an appointment with his Regular Doctor tomorrow just to see if maybe it is some kind of eye infection, but there was no puss just watery when it was swollen. Also there is not mark where he might of got bitten by something.

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