Monday, April 23rd, 2012
Purple marker is next to all the allergy pricks. Note big H.
I took Fia to the allergist on Friday to get her tested. This, after her mysterious rash kept appearing and disappearing. She was a trooper. Actually, the DVD player with Elmo gets the credit.
For 8 days I kept a food log and the rash seemed to go away when I eliminated dairy. So I was pretty convinced it must be a reaction to that. Nope. I also took out nuts in the days leading up to the testing. Also negative. Cat: negative. That I really exhaled at. I didn’t want to have a Sophie’s Choice situation with Fia and Brother Wayne Sanchez (though I know who would stay). In fact, all 24 things they tested for came up negative.
Surprisingly enough, the doctor concluded that it was a virus, even though she had zero other symptoms. He also said that when hives appear like that, the contagious stage is already over.
The one place on her back that did blow up was the test for histamine (you can see the hive in the upper right hand corner next to the H). He explained that her body has a high sensitivity to histamines so hives might be the way her body fights off things. Because of that, he said to definitely give her Benadryl when they come on, because in essence, that tells the body to stop producing the histamines, and thus the hives.
So the fact I eliminated dairy and nuts and the rash went away was pure coincidence. We went and got chocolate malts to celebrate.
Categories: Fearless Feisty Mama, Mom Situations | Tags: allergy, antihistamine, histamine, hives, milestone monday, mysterious rash, patches of hives, rash, toddler, toddler allergy
Monday, April 16th, 2012
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)
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
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)
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)
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.
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?
Categories: Fearless Feisty Mama, Milestone Monday, Mom Situations | Tags: allergies, allergy, benadryl, cat, dairy allergy, food allergies, food allergy, hives, milestone monday, milk, mystery rash, nut allergy, pollen, ragweed, rash, toddler, welts
Thursday, April 12th, 2012
Welts, red skin, itchy
Update: since writing this a few hours ago, I am now back from the doctor. He says it looks like a food allergy. We need to start a food log to try and track what it could be. Then, the next step is to take our list of foods and timing of the rash into an allergist and they’ll do some testing.
Here is the original post:
Fia keeps developing this mystery rash. I’m totally worried. Benadryl makes it go away almost instantly. But then it comes back on different parts of her body. It’s been on her stomach, her neck, her back, and her legs so far.
No common thread with foods she’s eating, clothes she’s wearing, grass she touches, etc. We’ve been using the same laundry detergent for a year. It’s free of perfumes and all that jazz.
The rash is going on a week now, which is why I’m making the doctor see us (she has no fever, no other signs of illness. She does seem to itch a little bit though). It pops up first as one little welt/hive. It looks like a small mosquito bite. Then it begins to pop up on another nearby area and patches like this one above start to form. When I spoke to them over the weekend they said that kids can have viruses for weeks that appear in the form of rashes and as long as Benadryl makes them go away, just keep on dosing her with it. (Not a real satisfying answer).
I am taking her in an hour. However, does anyone out there have any advice? I find pediatricians to be vague on this stuff (ie: frustrating), but moms know what’s going on. I’d love to ask them about some specifics.
Categories: Mom Situations | Tags: benadryl, contact allergy, detergent allergy, food allergy, hives, itch, no fever, patches of hives, patches of welts, rash, toddler, virus, welts