Need Urgent Answer: Anyone ever experience an allergic reaction to contrast dye?

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 8:10am
katiee's picture
Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

I'll be brief, DD had a VCUG today for UTI problems. They used a contrast die to see into the bladder.

She seemed fine but I have notices over the last couple of hours that she has facial flushing and some hives and general itchyness.

Could this be from the dye even though the test was at 11AM?

Should I treat this as an allergic reaction and go to the ER?

Should I just give Benadryl and watch to see?

She has not other serious allergies but has seasonal allergies.



Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 8:21am
steph626's picture
Joined: 02/20/2003 - 09:00

I've never had this dye used on myself, but I was told by a nurse once that because of my shellfish allergy, I might be sensitive to x-ray dyes. I have heard of people reacting to contrast/x-ray dyes, however. Seems like this would be a question for the professionals to answer--is there a dr. on-call you can contact?

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 8:26am
smack's picture
Joined: 11/14/2001 - 09:00

Oh katiee,
I'm so glad steph626 answered you. I am feeling for you and your daughter and I hope you find the answers to all this awful mess your child is going through.
You need to call the Dr. on call or emergency.

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 9:03am
Kim M's picture
Joined: 06/09/2001 - 09:00

I know I have read somewhere that you can have a reaction to the dye, and I agree with smack that you should call your doctor. Hopefully you already have.

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 9:12am
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

katiee - please post once your back from doctor/emerg. This is a very fightening prospect and I'm certain others are watching this thread to hear back from you that everything is o.k.
Warm regards,

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 10:22am
tamisly's picture
Joined: 12/21/1999 - 09:00

Please call your doctor. My mother went into anaphylactic shock from the contrast dye. She has no known allergies.
Hope your daughter is doing better soon.

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 10:57am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

I''m allergic to contact dye, and the reaction didn't show up until several hours after the procedure (vomiting, flushing). Call the MD immediately.
You poor things! [img][/img]

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 11:52am
poppys mummy's picture
Joined: 03/23/2002 - 09:00

Yes, contrast dye is potentially allergenic,particularly those with fish allergies (I am a nurse and we have to sit an IV exam of which one of the questions is What IV infusions are most likely to cause an allergic reaction?, contrast dyes is one of the answers, along with antibiotics and blood products) , so I agree with the others, she needs to see the Doc. I hope your daughter feels better soon, what a thing to happen, the procedure is bad enough anyway (my daughter has also had one and I know they are no fun), and now this to top it off, poor kid, (not nice for you either, how stressful!!).
Take care
[This message has been edited by poppys mummy (edited February 27, 2003).]

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 12:03pm
nutcase's picture
Joined: 09/16/2002 - 09:00

Katiee-please let us know how your daughter is doing and what they found out.

Posted on: Thu, 02/27/2003 - 12:05pm
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

Hi Katiee
Did you end up taking Lauren to CHEO? How is she doing? And how are YOU doing as well?
take care

Posted on: Fri, 02/28/2003 - 12:53am
katiee's picture
Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

Thanks to all of you for you advice. I took her to the hospital, after first calling my doctor who told me to go. Why did I hesitate?
It was an allergic reaction to the dye. They treated her with Benadryl and she's on steroids for a few days. They were suprized that I was not informed (when the test was performed) that the dye can cause severe allergic reactions in some people and what to look out for. It did not progress beyond facial flushing, hives and upset tummy (thank God!). But now I know, good thing we had some experience with anaphylactic reactions at least I was able to react appropriately (though I should have acted sooner). I wonder what would have happened if circumstances were different.
Needless to say, I did not get much sleep last night, I kept checking on her to be sure she was OK.
Thanks again to everyone for helping me out when I needed it.
Take care.
Note to DebO: Deb, I am so sorry that I have not responded to you email yet...things have been crazy around here...I'll get back to you soon. It was great meeting you guys [img][/img]
[This message has been edited by katiee (edited February 28, 2003).]


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