Milestone Monday: The Rash Continues to Confound

Hives, but not too itchy

I wrote last week about Fia’s mystery rash. Am reposting the picture. It comes on in a fury, then a dose of Benadryl and it is gone within 10 minutes. I told the doctor last week that I thought it had gone away for two days. He said that was the key: figuring out what she didn’t have during that time or 5 days before hand. That’s how long an allergy can stay in your body. Well, I have a decent memory, but nothing that good. So moving forward, I’m trying to see if it goes away for any extended period of time. So far, it hasn’t.

She is seeing an allergist on Thursday for a consult, Friday for testing. I happen to be allergic to every environmental thing except mold: dust mites, pollen–even my transexual cat. I get shots. Phil is allergic to Penicillin. The doctor explained that our allergies combined give Fia a really good chance of having them. Even though ours aren’t food,  hers could be. And he reiterated the rash looks a food allergy, not environmental.

The only consistent thing about it is the timing. It appears in a few spots right after her nap, typically around 3 pm. Random spots on her body. I put cortisone cream on and they go away. Then right before bed, around 6:30-7, it comes on strong, taking up whole swaths of her skin. That’s when I bring out the Benadryl.

It can’t be her crib. We have washed her bedding twice in detergent, once in just hot water. We put all her stuffed animals in the dryer. We are using the dye/perfume free kind–we have used it for years.

For the last 3 days we have eliminated dairy, but it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Plus, doesn’t a dairy allergy usually involve diarrhea? I’m now going to eliminate nuts/peanut butter.

Here is her basic menu from the past 6 days (don’t judge me on some of the things like pickles for breakfast. She asked!):

Wed, April 11th:

Breakfast: 2 scrambled eggs with milk, partial granola bar

Lunch: macaroni and cheese, hot dog (no bun)

Dinner: ham, rice, pea soup, Lactaid instead of milk (now we’re doing straight rice or soy milk, as I learned Lactaid still has the milk protein)

6 pm: rash appeared (gave Benadryl)

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Thursday April 12th: (still waiting to hear from her school what she had for lunch that day)

Breakfast: Oats and Honey Cereal/Lactaid, cheese stick

1 pm–(pre-nap) rash appeared in a big way. It’s the picture I took above–and took it with me to the doctor to show him what it looked like. Gave her Benadryl, so it didn’t appear the rest of the day/night. I’m sure the antihistamine was still in her system at bedtime and kept it at bay. If it came during the night, I wouldn’t know.

Snack: Ella’s Squeeze (made up of sweet potatoes, pumpkin, apple, blueberry), Avocado, 2 cherry tomatoes

Dinner: chicken nuggets, black beans, pea/rice/ham soup, small piece of pepperoni pizza, chocolate chip cookie

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Friday April 13th:

Breakfast: cereal and milk, pretzels, shortbread vanilla cookie (not the most nutritious of breakfasts, I know).

Snack: apples, Swiss cheese, turkey

small rash @ 3:15 pm

Lunch: rice/pea/ham/spinach soup, smoothie (banana, yogurt, blueberries, OJ, milk), half sandwich on whole wheat bread with ham/turkey/lettuce/ranch dressing

4 pm rash appeared in a few spots

Early Dinner: half sandwich on whole wheat bread with ham/turkey/lettuce/ranch dressing

5:15 pm: spots began popping up. Gave Benadryl before they spread.

6:45 pm: bottle (8 oz of milk)
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Saturday, April 14th:

Breakfast: dill pickles (lord, she eats like she’s pregnant!), granola bar, flax seed waffle

Lunch: tortilla chips, rice and black beans, smoothie with a tiny bit of yogurt in it.

Dinner: chicken nuggets, avocado, an orange

At 6 pm, rash began. By 6:30 it spread on her arms, then legs then lower back. Gave Benadryl.

7 pm–bottle with rice milk (6 oz)

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Sunday April 15th:

Breakfast: peanut butter puffins & rice milk, eggs w/spinach and turkey, whole grain toast w/strawberry jelly

Lunch: half peanut butter and jelly sandwich on whole grain, Ella’s purple squeeze

2:30–small cluster of rash on back and on wrist. Put on cream.

Post nap snack/early dinner:  rice/black beans/carrots, orange-banana squeeze, key lime soy yogurt (2 bites).

7 pm–cluster of rash all over shoulder blades. Gave Benadryl, put her to bed.

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Monday, April 16th:

Breakfast: apple/cinnamon organic oatmeal, Oaty Bites organic cereal w/ soymilk

Snack: blueberry-banana squeeze

Lunch: turkey, carrots, veggie chips

No rash yet. But she is napping. Any ideas anyone?

 

 

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  1. by Heather Morgan Shott

    On April 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm

    Have you tried eliminating gluten? I get a bad rash when I eat it (I have an intolerance), and I know other people who get rashes from gluten.

  2. by Kayla

    On October 28, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Hi! I was wondering what the result of the allergy appointment with your daughter was? I have looked everywhere online for images to match the mysterious rash my daughter has and this is spot on! Plus the times it randomly pops up are completely in sync with Fia’s! The allergist can’t see my daughter until December 28th! So as you know as a worried momma that’s quite a while to wait for answers! Any help you can give will be very appreciated!

  3. by Jill Cordes

    On November 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    Hi Kayla. The conclusion was that it was a virus that showed up as a rash and nothing else. It hasn’t come back. The allergy tests all came back negative. She had no other sign of a virus,but I guess it’s not that uncommon to show up like that in kids. Who knew? Good luck!! And not to worry too much. It went off and on for 2-3 weeks then never again. Let me know what happens. Thanks!

  4. by Tiffany

    On March 15, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Hi Jill,
    I am in the same spot as Kayla. My 16 month old has the EXACT Symptoms and rash.. this is the ONLY image on the internet that is exact to her rash.. Did the DR say if it was contagious or any concerns about being around other children or anything? THANK YOU!!