patchy red spots on face

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 5:58am
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pMy son Joshua often gets red patches flush with the skin that feel warm to the touch (warmer than his skin). They are not bumpy or raised and mostly occur around his mouth and on his cheeks. He doesn't seem particularly bothered by them. Has any one else experienced this?? I have never considered them hives, but could they be? I know for sure he gets them when he ingests something he is allergic to, but has them other times that leave me puzzled.br /
Thanks in advance for any info..br /
Cheryl/p

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 6:13am
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My son has gotten red cheeks several times this winter. I can't pin point what is causing them, other than running around and getting really excited (he's 2). He got them the other night after taking a couple of bites of his Uncle's Uno's Store Bought Pizza but I called Unos and they assured me it wasn't the pizza. My son was horsing around with his Uncle that evening. My son still had red cheeks when I put him to bed that evening. Another time was over Thanksgiving when he was swimming and another time was after we had gone out to dinner for my birthday. All times when he got overly excited. I'm guessing the capilaries in his cheeks are coming to the surface. He's very pale skinned. I know some people have suggested Slapped Cheek Syndrome but I don't think that's what he has since he doesn't seem to be in any pain or even discomfort. I hope this helps you.
Oh, I should mention, one cheek always seems to be redder than the other side. (Is there such a word as redder? Well, you know what I mean)
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Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 6:42am
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Heather, Matt did the same thing yesterday! Right down to "one cheek is redder than the other". I thought at first it was the sun (he was playing outside), but Meagan, who burns within 30min as she is so pale, didn't have even a hint of pink in her cheeks. My best guess is either something he ate, or the dogs he was playing with for awhile. He gets the red patches on his face or tummy fairly often, but he'd never done the bright red cheek thing before.

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 6:42am
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My son has a condition called "pseudoallergy" that looks like, and has the same results as, an allergy involving IgE. The doctor at Arkansas Children's Hospital diagnosed him as having this in December. He also has PA, dog, and multiple drug allergies.
Anyway, he said that this explains why Matthew always get red cheeks when he is hot, cold, excited, or has been lying down on a cheek. His ears do, too. He said I could find out about this rare condition on the Internet, but I've had some trouble finding much.
However, my daughter, who is non-PA, had really red cheeks when she had fifth disease, which also comes with a measles-like rash.

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 7:09am
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Joshua's Momma - it sounds like they could be hives, just mild ones. Cayley gets hives around her mouth and on her cheek if she buries her face in our cat's fur - she has a mild allergy to cat dander. These hives feel warm and they don't itch or bother her like ones from peanut residue.
She doesn't even notice them - I do, so they can't be too troublesome for her. Does Joshua have environmental allergies that could be causing the hives (if that is indeed what they are)?

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 7:50am
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My non pa son gets red cheeks just like you have described. I can't pinpoint exactly what causes it. He gets them sometimes (but not all the time) after eating ketchup, pizza or anything with a tomato sauce. There have also been times when he wakes up from his afternoon nap with red cheeks and ears that feels warm to the touch. He's already got all of his teeth, so I know it's not from teething. He doesn't have any allergies that we know of.
Kathy Spencer--can you tell us a little more about your son's "pseudoallergy"? Thanks. Deanna
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Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 8:27am
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I don't know if my son also has environmental allergies. His allergist did not do skin testing. We have identified his allergies to foods by keeping a food journal. If his red patchy spots were from things in the environment, would he also have them places other than his face?

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 9:35am
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Now this is just my "theory", so don't take it as a medical fact, but I think Cayley reacts to the cat dander ONLY if it's near her face, and she has inhaled a fair quantity in close proximity.
She has never had these hives anywhere else on her body, just around her mouth and cheeks, so I think inhaling or ingesting the allergen is what's causing it. Plus she has fair, delicate facial skin that's prone to redness at the slightest touch, so getting the allergen on her hands doesn't affect the skin there so much.
Hives can certainly be caused by touching an allergen, anywhere on the body, I just think in this case, some of the allergen is being inhaled/ingested.
Now, when you say "red, patchy spots" you don't mean scaly, like eczema, do you? These red spots are smooth like the rest of the skin, just warm and red? We didn't know Cayley had environmental allergies until we had her skin-tested - we were very surprised about the cat dander allergy. How old is Joshua? Somewhere down the road it might be helpful to have him skin-tested, because he might need a daily antihistamine, like Claritin or Zyrtec (sp?), to help prevent cases of environmental allergy hives.
We intend to put Cayley on a daily anti-histamine in the springtime, when her tree and other environmental allergies are at their worst.

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 10:02am
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No, I don't mean excema. We deal with that on a daily basis also. I use aquaphor to keep it under control. Zyrtec has been prescribed for my son, but we have opted to try and avoid allergens and not medicate when it isn't necessary. If in fact he does have environmental allergies, I suppose we will have to medicate because they are not avoided as easily as food allergies. I can control what my 2 1/2 year old eats, but I cannot control the air he breathes as easily. Anyway, the red patches are smooth and warm when he has them. I do really think they are food related, and perhaps caused by skin contact with the food as well as ingestion. Cheryl
P.S. Joshua is also very fair skinned!

Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 11:58am
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Joshua's momma: My son, also named Joshua, also gets these red patches around his mouth and other areas of the face. It seems to be more of a reaction to irritants in the food than a true allergic/hive response - sometimes from citrus or acidic foods (tomato, lemon), sometimes a salty food. They go away after a few minutes. They are red, splotchy, warm to the touch, but not raised. I used to think they were allergic reactions and I was going crazy wondering what I could feed him - but they do not seem to bother him or to progress into other symptoms.
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Posted on: Wed, 02/07/2001 - 12:43pm
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I've been experiencing the same "red cheek syndrome" with both my kids. When my PA son has a red face, often one side is definitely redder than the other. I tend to notice his red cheeks at night. He also wakes up from naps with very rosy cheeks. I have no idea why his cheeks turn red. My non PA daughter gets red cheeks in the evening for hours and we have yet to find out what she may be allergic to.

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