Wondering if DS symptoms could be allergies too?

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 3:48pm
mfharris's picture
Joined: 02/21/2007 - 09:00

Hi again. I recently posted about my 4 year old daughter who has PA/TNA. We went to the allergist on Wednesday and I've been replaying the appointment in my head to see if I missed anything she said. Anyway, I brought my almost 18mo. DS to the appointment, and he was sitting in his stroller and she looked at him and said, "so what is he allergic to?" and I said nothing! She said, "it's something"....

His eyes have been watering for the last month or so, and he is quite congested - I thought it was a cold. Are these symptoms of allergies? She also said that under his eyes were red and puffy...they are I guess. I have absolutely no knowledge of allergies as there are none in my family or DH's family. What do you think?

We go to the Dr. next Friday for the 18m appointment, I will ask then I suppose. Have a good night! Thanks for any suggestions!

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 8:25pm
jtolpin's picture
Joined: 05/28/2003 - 09:00

Typically, if one member has allergies of any kind, the family is considered 'atopic' and the chances increase that others have SOME type of allergy (not the same... it's genetic, not specific'.
And chances are, if you dig, you find info that SOMEONE has allergies of SOME Kind in the family (or eczema, or 'sickness', kwim?)
But dont waste time on history, move ahead...
Ask, sure. See what they say!
Good luck!
Keep us updated

Posted on: Fri, 02/23/2007 - 10:00pm
Mrsdocrse's picture
Joined: 01/16/2007 - 09:00

You said he has a running nose and congested.. could be indoor alergies.. not sure where you live but dust ect could do that... I wouldn't worry about it now.. definately talk to the Dr at the appointment but.... If you haven't seen anything other than that.... I wouldn't be concerned.

Posted on: Sat, 02/24/2007 - 1:17am
pitterpat's picture
Joined: 02/04/2006 - 09:00

My dd was congested, coughing, and had a runny nose for about a year when she was 2. She also had eczema, deep dark "allergic shiners" around her eyes, and a history of reactions to several foods as an infant. Based on these things and my instinctive fear of giving her PB, we visited an allergist when she was 3. He was shocked we had existed without any help for all of her environmental allergies and immediately prescribed daily Claritin. It changed her life. Runny nose, cough, chronic "cold" disappeared immediately.
I am glad we found out when she was 3. She started allergy shots near her 4th birthday and we are looking forward to a better spring/summer this year. Her allergies are to ALL trees, plants, grasses, flowers, etc. so we are about to enter her bad season.
My other dd got on the allergy train earlier just because of her big sister and a little trip to the ER after she swiped a mac nut cookie. She has similar symptoms of dd#1 as far as runny nose & coughing constantly. But her allergies are to dust, mold, mildew, etc. Indoor stuff. So she's just lived through her bad season. Claritin helps her, but she needs more help
I know this is long. I just always feel like it helps to read where others have been and compare my story so I'm trying to offer that to you.
I would definitely ask my pediatrician, but if you really feel he has an allergy to something and your ped doesn't offer any solutions, I'd take him to the allergist anyway. Jason is right....allergy begets allergy. There's plenty you can do to help them once you know what you are trying to help with!
Good luck.
mom to
Sara (7/02) allergic to pn, grass, trees
Julia (9/04) asthma and allergic to tree nuts (no testing, just reactions) (tests + to eggs, no reaction)

Posted on: Sat, 02/24/2007 - 3:56am
chanda4's picture
Joined: 12/14/2006 - 09:00

I agree with the others, it sounds more environmental then seasonal(he's still a tad young)...but I would suspect cats or dogs(or any animals) molds, dust....something along those lines. You could ask your Ped for some Zyrtec, try it for a few days, if it gets better, most likely allergies from the home.
My neighbors son gets sneezing and runny nose when he drinks milk....just somethign to think about.
But good luck, I'd check with your Ped and maybe even the allergist...maybe it's just me, but I like to know the cause of my kids suffering(we have ALOT of environmental allergies) Good luck!!
Chanda(mother of 4)
Sidney-8 (beef and chocolate, grasses, molds, weeds, guinea pig & asthma)
Jake-6 (peanut, all tree nuts, eggs, trees, grasses, weeds, molds, cats, dogs, guinea pig & eczema & asthma)
Carson-3 1/2 (milk, soy, egg, beef and pork, cats, dog, guinea pig)
Savannah-1 (milk and egg)

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