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#1 pkmi05

Posted 15 March 2006 - 10:23 PM

I hope that someone can help me.

My dd has been getting an allergy? rash all over her arms and legs only.  It is like hives in that the marks are red and slightly raised and splotchy with the spots not uniform in size or even all round.  It is not itchy at all and doesn't cause her any problems but it looks awful as they are literally running up and down her limbs.  Very weird how there is nothing anywhere else so the dr doesn't think it is a food allergy.  All he has said is it could be a reaction to the sun (I don't think so as the rash is on parts under clothes) or plastic/grasses/carpet/wood???? and that she is too young for allergy testing.  I have claratyne to give her if it gets too severe but dr said don't use for each outbreak as it may be less effective.

Has anyone else ever seen anything like this before or have any ideas?  I am taking her to early child nurse for appt next month as dermatologist was also unsure.  Thanks for any help.

#2 fi2005

Posted 16 March 2006 - 01:00 PM


Sounds like she could have hives. My son has a milk allergy and gets them all over his body. He had skin prick allergy tests at 6 months so don't think your daughter is to young for tests. I would get a second opnion.

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#3 becarooney

Posted 16 March 2006 - 08:38 PM


My DS had similar when he was around 7-8 months old.  Doc says it was hives but had no way of knowing what triggered it.  We used polaramine (spelling??)which cleared it up the next day and he has never had it again, which is weird because he is still eating the same things only lots more of it and more varieties.

Sorry, not much help there!

#4 pkmi05

Posted 18 March 2006 - 10:03 PM

Well my little girl is still covered in hives but thanks to fi2005 (I have sent you a pm to say thanks in case you don't look back in here!) we have allergy testing booked for next fri.  Claratyne hasn't helped at all and in any case we have to stop a few days before allergy testing anyway.

It must be a really acute reaction to something because as each hive goes down there a more coming up surrounding it.  I'm just really relieved to know that we are on our way to finding out the cause of this.  Thanks again fi2002! biggrin.gif

#5 mmumm

Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:31 AM

Don't know if this will help but we had what sounds like a similar rash all over DD's legs and arms about a month or so ago.

She is allergic to dairy anyway, which we deduced by the fact that any dairy product that comes in contact with her skin leaves hives there for about half an hour.

She also gets eczema which varies in intensity, so when she first got this "new" rash on her arms and legs we were not sure if she was reacting to another food, or what.  The rash was blotchy and raised, not exactly like the hives she gets as the patches were larger, but also not really like her eczema either.

We were going to just ride it out as we are used to her skin going through bad patches, but it got so bad that we ended up going into the doctor's in a panic.

The doctor said it was a weird rash and looked like a reaction to something, possibly the two course of antibiotics she had prior to getting it.  So he prescribed an oral steroid called Redi-pred, which we kind of freaked out about as we were already worried about her just having the antibiotics (but they were needed to beat a lung infection, so the lesser evil).

Anyway, the Redipred was amazing!  Her skin was pearlescent within a day and continued to glow for about a week.  Such a pity it has bad side effects for continued use or we could all use it to make our skin lovely!!

We also went to an allergy specialist and did the skin prick test, no-one said anything about her being too young.  It did cost about $250 though.  Turns out she is only allergic to milk and since I have been really good checking for milk solids in all products her skin has improved no end, with only one patch of eczema behind one knee.

Sorry this was so long, I guess my point is that if nothing else helps the Redi-pred might, as long as the dose is low and you get a schedule to reduce dosage and wean off gradually, its meant to be safe to use, or so my doctor said.

I hope you find out what is causing it soon - its awful watching them suffer and being helpless to fix it sad.gif

#6 Ange

Posted 19 March 2006 - 12:30 PM

So glad to hear that you are getting an allergy test done. Make sure when you they that they test for as much as possible, better to get as much done whilst you are there wink.gif

In regards to hives, there are some fruit that can cause Hives, if your body finds the fruit too acidic then you break out in the rash that you described.

I am allergic to mangoes and come out the same way, but Kiwifruit, oranges, anything citrus can do the same thing. (I know your bub is around 6 months and not sure what kind of fruit she has been on but thought I'dd pass on the info anyway)

My son came out in a rash after having some kiwi fruit puree.

It could be dairy as well though...

Hopefully your little bub isn't too uncomfortable and that you get some answers at the allergy testing original.gif


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