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Posted on: Wed, 06/20/2001 - 2:53am
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This is weird.
Last night we had roasted chicken with a home-made marinade (plain old oil/vinegar and spices), home-made macaroni salad (vinegar, Cains all natural mayo, spices), frozen peas, and rice pilaf. Knew the kids wouldn't eat the salad and they love the rice. The rice is a store brand which is made in a peanut free facility on a dedicated line.

Lauren, 5, woke up around 3am & complained she was thirsty and itchy. Thought the itchiness was from being hot so my husband turned on the light, gave her water, and brought a fan into her room. He sat with her for a minute before turning the light off. She looked fine and complained no more once the fan was on.

Woke up this a.m. with a very swollen eye and a rash on her upper body. The rash was not raised and was pretty red. This was 13 hours after her last meal. He immediately gave her Benedryl and both the swelling and rash subsided within a few minutes. There are no signs of bug bites.

She was with us the past 24 hours as DH is a SAHD. Not even any errands yesterday. She did swim in the neighbors pool with 4 other children, but that was about 14 hours before she woke this morning. We read books last night before bed (about 10 hours prior) that were given to us my my sister. These had been stored in a box and had not been touched by her kids in years.

No new soaps. No new fabric softeners. No new shampoos.

I always seem to ask questions like this...like, does this appear to be a reaction? I just can't figure it out and not knowing drives me crazy. I am thankful that it was not severe, don't get me wrong. But we are so careful and yet things like this happen every few months or so (mysterious hives on arm in April...beet red swollen hands in Jan) Lauren's reaction last year was bi-phasic and the 2nd phase set in 12 hours later (no mistaking that reaction!).

Anyone ever heard of it taking 12+ hours for an initial reaction to set in?

Andrea

Posted on: Wed, 06/20/2001 - 6:11am
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Sounds like a reaction of some sort. Is she allergic to dust mites? Perhaps she slept with a different pillow or with a stuffed animal that caused a contact reaction. I hope her symptoms haven't come back. Let us know how she is doing.

Posted on: Wed, 06/20/2001 - 7:19am
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Thanks for responding Patty.
Yes, it does sound like a reaction but all of a sudden. She's never been allergic to anything besides the peanuts and amoxicillan.
I've been keeping a close eye on her. Her eye is starting to swell again. Time for more Benedryl. Wish I could pinpoint it.
Andrea

Posted on: Wed, 06/20/2001 - 8:30am
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Any possibility it was the peas? Matt tried a fresh one today, and had a little redness around his mouth after his nap. He had some sort of reaction the Sunday before Father's day, so I think his IgE level is higher than usual right now -- he even reacted to the BandAid we put over the site of the Epi injection -- only other time he's reacted to a BandAid was during and after our really awful PB experience last summer. (And he's a pretty typical preschooler when it comes to BandAids -- loves to wear them on any real or imagined injury.)
Did she share a towel with any of the other kids at the pool...? Any possibility that there was just a trace of PB on the books...?
Wish I had the answer for you -- the mystery reactions can be pretty unnerving!
-Sue

Posted on: Wed, 06/20/2001 - 12:49pm
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Well, just got back from the hospital. Her eye swelled up again, like I said earlier. We had given her Benedryl for the swollen eye and when it didn't take after 20 minutes, off we went. By the time we got to the ER she had hives all over her body.
We were there for about 5 hours while they monitored her closely. They prescribed Prelone for about a week and 3 days of Benedryl every 6 hours. Never had an ER visit for this before. Surprised at the meds. She was prescribed nearly triple her normal Prelone dose when she has it for asthma yet the pharmacist checked it twice and said it was still OK at that level. Still don't know where it came from so we are off to the allergist, hopefully tomorrow, so we can do a battery of tests to make sure it was peanuts and not some new allergy.
Andrea
Going to call the neighbors tomorrow to see if their kids ate PB that day. Good idea about the towels. May be a bit of a reach but you never know.

Posted on: Thu, 06/21/2001 - 2:26pm
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Laurensmom-
How is Lauren doing? Have you been able to take her to the allergist yet? I assumed that you would have to wait a few days since she has had Benadryl in her system. Please keep us updated.

Posted on: Thu, 06/21/2001 - 10:05pm
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Thank you for asking.
Actually they wanted to see her today. Her appointment is for 1pm. They did ask that we stop the Benedryl yesterday by 1pm. Given that the hives are still pretty big and those and the swelling are still coming and going, they didn't want us to have to stop the Benedryl. So, the nurse said they could do some testing if we stopped the Benedryl 8 hours before the appointment. We woke her at 3am last night to give her one last dose which gives her 10 hours before the appointment.
I'll let you know how the appointment goes.
Andrea

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2001 - 2:18am
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This sounds like the reaction my little sister, Kimmy had about a week ago. Her arms were covered in bumps, her face and eyes swelled up, and there was no sign of a bug bite. It turned out that she is allergic to Poison Ivy! The bumps on her hands are still bothering her, but her face is perfectly normal now. Let us know what the allergist says!

Posted on: Sat, 06/23/2001 - 3:50am
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I think it may be worth looking into the poison ivy issue too. It's surprising what it can do with the swelling. It can make an arm or limb swell two or three times its size.

Posted on: Thu, 06/28/2001 - 11:04am
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Well, after two trips to the allergist, we are no closer at an answer.
She received environmental scratch test and was a 3 to dust mites. Everything else was OK.
Then she got a RAST test but the results are not in yet.
Today she had food scratch test, except not the peanuts. All was OK to except lobster was a 4 and peaches were a 2. Other shellfish was OK though. I know these are not too reliable though so I am not sure what to make of it so far.
Oh, they did discover she has chronic sinus infections. She had never complained of any sinus pressure or headaches...ever. But, they said they could tell from the x-rays they took.
July 10 we will get a summary of their diagnosis.

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