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My 2 year old had what we think was a reaction last night. She is PA/TN. She had a little red blotch next to her mouth. She has very sensitive skin and gets these off and on. I put her in the car and by the time we got home the hives/rash were all over her face and her eyes were swollen. I gave her benadryl and took her to the E.R. with epi-pen in hand. They gave her prednisone and watched her. The swelling and hives went away. My parents are sure that she didn't eat anything unsafe. The cleaning lady was there and Eva was helping her. Could she have a reaction to cleaning products? She often gets little pimply bumps around her mouth, but there is no pattern as to what she eats or drinks before this. The doctor says it could be viral or just irritated skin. What do you think?

On Oct 17, 2001

My first thought was cross-contamination/contact reaction... maybe to what the cleaning lady was using. Any chance she had eaten any peanutty foods before going to your parents'? Was there any evidence of a reaction on your daughter's hands - not that there would be?

Just thinking...

I hope your daughter is okay now and wasn't too shook up by the ER visit.

Take care, Lam

On Oct 17, 2001

The cleaning lady hadn't eaten any peanut things. She knows about Eva's allergy. There were no hives and no rash on her hands or anywhere else. I'm wondering if she got some cleaner on her hands and rubbed her eyes and maybe put her hands in her mouth. I don't know. It seems weird that the reaction was so localized. Her first, and only other reaction was all over her body after eating a bite of a peanut butter cookie. I'm just confused.

On Nov 9, 2001

We had a similar reaction in one of our kids two different times. We had been at someone elses home both times. We had the exact same symptoms. It started with red blotches next to her mouth, that spread up her scalp and then across her face. One of the two times, her eye swelled up. We gave her benadryl. I never knew what caused it. We have had triggers to pa since then, and they were fast and severe. I never did understand what caused those 2. I have decided it was probably secondary contact by someone in our friends home. This occured seven years ago, and has not happened since.

On Nov 12, 2001

I don't really know to much about these things, but there is a list here somewhere. In fact, I specifically remember Pledge being mentioned, so I stay away from that now. I'll try and do a search, but if not maybe you could search under Pledge and see what you come up with.

On Nov 12, 2001

Sorry to hear about your daughter's reaction. Your story got me thinking about what happened to us over the summer.

My son (now 2) also has sensitive skin and is allergic to gluten, dairy, soy, and peanuts/nuts. When my in-laws were visiting in the summer, my son kept getting hives on his legs. I couldn't figure out why...and that's the worse part of a reaction, that not-knowing-why part.

I kept a food diary thinking, ugh one more food to cross off. But, he hadn't tried any new foods before, during, or after the reaction. Then it dawned on me. When either my MIL or FIL held my son, they would hold him with one arm and with the other arm, hold onto his legs. Either my MIL or FIL must have had something in their hand lotion or perfume/cologne or something because as soon as they left, my son didn't get the rash again.

So, maybe someone used some lipstick, cosmetic, or face cream that had some ingredient your daughter was allergic to and maybe they kissed your daughter to get the reaction going? Then there's the food possibility. I find it useful to do a food diary to record what the child ate several days before the reaction, during, and after the reaction and see if there's any correlation to any foods eaten and a reaction. Hope this helps. Good luck. Warmly, Julie B.

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