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Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2000 - 3:02am
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Dear Tammy,
I'd recommend you contact his doctor he may be having a delayed reaction to something- maybe even food even those son has eaten there before. He may need more than benadyl.
Did the store have new carpeting? Some glues give off fumes that I can't tolerate. My husband has a cat allergy which was hard to figure out re one small book store we shopped in had two cats that were allowed to roam the store. My husband would only be ther 5 to ten minutes yet it triggered asthma wheezing after we left store and cold like syptoms lasting up to ten days.
My 9 year old has multiple food allergies, ezcema, and asthma.
Hope this helps,
JanB.
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Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2000 - 3:07am
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Finding it hard to believe the furniture store could have caused all that! Did you give the restaurant a call back and recheck the ingredients? Maybe something may have changed?!? I sure hope he's doing better by the time this is posted. Let us know!

Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2000 - 5:58am
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Thanks for your replies and advice. So far, so good with just the Benadryl. We called the restaurant first thing this morning to rule out peanuts. It's just so hard to tell, and hard to take not knowing for sure!! Thanks again, and I'll let you know if we ever find out what happened!

Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2000 - 9:41am
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I also had a doctor diagnose an extreme case of hives as a reaction to a virus. The hives lasted approximately four days. We had no luck with benedryl & prelone. After the third day his allergist prescribed Atarax Syrup & the hives immediately disappeared.

Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2000 - 11:01pm
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Hello again! We think we've found the culprit: Huggies Pull-ups!! Here's how we spent our evening/early morning: Our son's hives were not getting any better - at the end of the 4-hour cycle of Benadryl, he would get worse, then better, and so on. After talking to my sister-in-law's friend myself, we decided to go ahead and call the doctor's office. A nurse was "on call" and she said there really is no treatment for hives, other than Benadryl and steroids, so as long as he was not in respiratory distress, he was okay for the rest of the night, and if he still wasn't better by morning, we could bring him into the office. The 'friend' happened to mention that if it had been her child, she would have taken him to the ER last night when he was coughing so much. (Live and learn - we thought we were doing the right thing by letting the Benadryl do its job!) Anyway, We were still trying to figure out what could possibly be wrong at bedtime. I put a pull-up on our son for the night, and within 30 minutes to an hour he was scratching again, his hives were bright red and growing larger, and appearing in new places - especially his face. I was befuddled for a minute because we had just given him Benadryl not 2 hours earlier. Then it hit me. About a month ago, we noticed a rash on his bottom, and suspected the pull-ups. We changed brands and he improved a good bit. A couple days ago, we ran out of the new type we were using, but had some Huggies left over and thought it would be okay for one or two nights. Wrong. By 11pm he was coughing constantly, and the hives had shown up near his mouth. We decided to go to the ER. We also gave him his Epi-pen before we left the house. In 10 minutes we were at the ER, and the coughing had stopped. The nurses and DR. were great. They gave him a Benadryl IV, and prescribed steroids for the next 3 days. I told my husband I thought I'd never see the day when I would be thankful for our son's PA, but without it, we wouldn't have had the Epi, and we probably wouldn't have known he was having an allergic reaction! Everything went smoothly, but looking back, if we could have done anything differently, we wouldn't have waited so long. I do plan to get on the phone today to get a product safety sheet from Huggies!! We need to know what exactly caused this very surprising and scary reaction!! I will also be calling our pediatrician to inform him of our ER visit, and to request a referral to an allergist!! Thank you all again, for your advice and help. Stay safe out there!!

Posted on: Sun, 02/06/2000 - 11:40pm
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Be sure to let us know how you make out! Is there latex? Something to think about and look into in case you don't figure it out.
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Posted on: Mon, 02/07/2000 - 1:46am
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Dear Tammy,
Sorry to hear of this reaction, but thank goodness you had the EpiPen. Glad that he is better. What a frightening time for you and your family. Let us know results of the allergy testing.
Take Care
Janet

Posted on: Mon, 02/07/2000 - 5:58am
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Just wanted to let you know that we have a follow-up appointment this week with the Ped. and will get a referral then - we need a recommendation from him as we are unfamiliar with the allergists in our area. I will let you know what he says, and also what the allergist finds. It's hard to tell how long it may be before we actually get an appointment - you know how that can go sometimes! - but I WILL get back to you! Thanks again so very much - your support is greatly appreciated!! Does anyone have any pointers when it comes to finding a new allergist? We were very lucky with the Dr. who tested him for peanuts and tree nuts, but we only saw him that one time, then moved out-of-state. Advice is always welcome!

Posted on: Mon, 02/07/2000 - 2:29pm
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Often times the pediatrician can get you in to see an allergist faster than if you make the appointment yourself. Be sure to ask your pediatrician if they will call for you and make the appointment.
NOTE FOR EVERYONE; If you are in the Unites States are you using a board certified allergist? If you are in another country let us know the qualifications of your allergists there etc.
Let us know what kind of qualifications your allergist has and if you have not decided to see an allergist let us know about that also.
Many do not realize the importance of having an allergist and experiences help us to learn.
Send me an e mail (or better yet post so others will see it on these boards).
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Posted on: Mon, 02/07/2000 - 11:31pm
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Although pediatricians are great in diagnosing allergic reactions, many times they lack the time to truly devote to their patients, individually, who have allergies. My pediatrician recognized the reactions my son were having were from a serious allergy and referred us to my son's allergist at 12 months of age, he is now 5. The allergist my son sees was a pediatrician before he went into allergy and we also benefit from that! It seems to work best in our case that my son sees our family doctor, now, for routine visits (check-ups, boosters, etc) and his allergist for his allergy shots and
follow up visits.

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