26 Responses to “Hives”

  1. Penny September 14, 2008 at 10:16 AM #

    Poor Brianna, hope she gets some relief soon.
    I think a trip to the allergist is probably in order, trying to figure those things out on your own is almost mind boggling especially if she’s suddenly become allergic to something she has been fine with before.

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  2. Sela Carsen September 14, 2008 at 10:27 AM #

    Bless her little heart. I used to be allergic to subconscious stress. Broke out in hives for my entire freshman year of college.

    The last time it happened, though, was the All Free and Clear detergent I’d switched to! So even the “allergen free” detergents can get you sometimes.

    Good luck and give her a hug from me.

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  3. Christine September 14, 2008 at 11:21 AM #

    Hi Angela,I saw your posts on twitter and totally empathize with what you’re going through… we’ve got some allergy sufferers in my family, and sometimes we never figure out the triggers to  the acute attacks like your daughter had this past weekend. I hope that’s not the case for you and the allergist can determine what your daughter’s new allergies may be. The ‘not knowing’ part is the worst. Good luck and feel better, Brianna!  

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  4. Dana Marie Bell September 14, 2008 at 12:23 PM #

    My older son, R, had the same thing happen to him when he was in kindergarten.  i switched to a different detergent, one of the dye and scent free ones, washed everything he owned, and it solved the problem.  I hope that’s the case with Brianna and washing her clothes helps.Hope she feels better, poor thing!

  5. Rosie September 14, 2008 at 12:32 PM #

    I had a couple of bad bouts with Beanie with medications he was taking.  At least we knew what was causing it.  Not knowing is a real pain.  You won’t know what to watch out for.  I sure hope she feels better soon.

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  6. Ann September 14, 2008 at 1:55 PM #

    I hope she’s better soon. Skin allergies are no fun at all, especially when you don’t know what’s causing it.

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  7. kerry September 14, 2008 at 4:21 PM #

    I hope she feels better very soon….

    When my girl was younger, I used to get the pharmacy to flavor her Zantac. Some can do this (I think giant does). It helped her take it better, at least. I think it cost a few dollars, but worth it.

  8. elise rogers September 15, 2008 at 8:19 AM #

    poor thing!  i hope she feels better soon.  maia and jaden had a case this summer – no clue from what, but they went away and havent come back.

  9. lys September 15, 2008 at 9:31 AM #

    whoops! Sorry about that, all of my style information got pasted into that last post!I hope that she feels better soon, hives are no fun for alittle one. I have severe allergies so sympathize!

  10. Missy September 15, 2008 at 10:12 AM #

    Poor girl! That is heartbreaking to watch your child get sick and not feel like you can do anything about it. 🙁 My little girl just got over a virus that was terrible and I agree about the steroids. We had to do that too in order to help her breathe.

    Hope you figure out the new cause for the reaction sooner than later. Have you had her tested to see if it’s something like chicken pox or the German measles?

  11. Chrisredding September 15, 2008 at 6:44 PM #

    Realize 3 things about detergents.
    1. perfume free isn’t. There is a masking fragrance. Real unperfumed detergent smells like petroleum.
    2. There is no definition for allergen free or hyoallergenic. It is really a marketing term.
    3. Phosphates are what usually bother people in detergents.

    cmr (whose husband works in the fragrance industry)

  12. Angie September 15, 2008 at 6:50 PM #

    No worries, Chris. I took your advice of the Dreft!

  13. Charlene Teglia September 15, 2008 at 7:23 PM #

    Poor baby. You might try 7th Generation laundry detergent. My kids reacted badly to regular detergent but have never had a problem with this. Also, Burt’s Baby Bee’s is a very gentle natural soap for tub time. (We’ve also used Dr. Bronner’s baby castille soap). Sometimes it’s just repeated exposure that leads to these flare-ups. : (

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  14. Erin the Innocent September 15, 2008 at 10:51 PM #

    I hope she’s feeling better now 🙂

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  15. Kai September 16, 2008 at 11:45 AM #

    Poor baby. Hope she’s feeling better by now!

  16. Lori September 16, 2008 at 1:15 PM #

    Poor little thing. I hope she feels better soon. It’s not only frustrating, it can be downright scary when you don’t know what’s causing it.

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  17. ann k September 16, 2008 at 1:26 PM #

    OMG, I can not believe I came across this blog.
    My 4 yr old son started breakouts about 5 weeks ago. When I took him in to his pediatrician he had a break out while we were there and they said it was hives. I wanted to rule out lymes so I insited on blood tests. The blood test came back normal.The breakouts are severe welts, white in the center and red around the outside and sometimes the size of my fist in different shapes. His ankles sometimes swell up like a golf ball. Oddly, they appear regularly in the morning and at night. They go away just as quickly and mysteriously as they arrived. We had a big scare on Sunday. His testes swelled to golf ball size and were red. This was the first time this area was affected. We were back at the Pediatrician yesterday and he referred us to an allergist. I am scared to death and so worried. I don’t know what this could possibly be and what is causing this. Could hives cause the testes to swell? Of course I am driving myself crazy googling everything that comes to mind. I don’t know what to do or what type of tests to ask for. Can anyone help or provide some advice?

  18. Angie September 16, 2008 at 1:46 PM #

    Hi Ann! I’m sorry to hear your little man has been experiencing hives. They can be pretty freaky if you’ve never seen them on your child before.

    Since I’m not a doctor and I don’t have a son, I can’t say for certain if hives would cause the testes to swell, but I can tell you that my daughter gets the hives on her groin/in the crease of her thigh and over her private parts, so I think it is possible.

    The first thing I suggest (easy to say) is to breathe. A couple nice deep ones. Sounds like your doctor is pretty confidant these are hives–I do know that hives are quite recognizable, they don’t look like symptoms. They do indeed get really huge and of all different shapes. This past weekend, Brianna’s covered nearly her entire back/torso in a varying pattern, and then in smaller areas on her legs and arms. They’re quite angry red, and raised.

    One of the things the allergist is going to ask you is if anything in your son’s environment or diet has changed recently. Have you been trying new foods or new detergents, has he been on any antibiotics or medications (hives are common even several weeks after the medication/antibiotic). If the answer is yes, you may have found your culprit.

    If the answer is no, it’s possible your son has developed a new allergy. We can develop new allergies at any stage of our life, so this wouldn’t be uncommon. The allergist will probably want to perform a series of allergy tests on your son–usually done on the arm or back, where they put allergens on him. In our case, they wrote on my daughter’s back with a marker, tagging each spot with the allergen, and then added the allergen. Be warned that the allergen needs time to develop so you’ll want to take some toys, books or other things to entertain your son with (portable dvd player) because the testing involves some waiting.

    Once the wait period is over, you’ll be able to see if any have reacted severely and that will help you start on the way to modifying your son’s environment, diet, etc. One thing they may recommend is a daily dose of Zyrtec or Claritin (children’s) to moderate the allergy reactions in his body. Other options are shots, but those are mostly for severe allergies and if you can moderate the environment or cause, that’s better. Last, please be aware that children with allergies are at higher risk for asthma, so you should be alert for the symptoms of that in your son (without worrying yourself to death over it!)

    Hope that helped and good luck! Come back and tell me what they allergist said and how things are going.

  19. Angie September 16, 2008 at 1:49 PM #

    Oh, one thing I want to say is that allergic reactions can sometimes cause a change in your child’s personality/behavior, so don’t be surprised if he’s been acting a little differently while he experiences the reactions and has the allergens in his body. Behavior and allergies have been linked to each other.

  20. ann k September 16, 2008 at 4:16 PM #

    Wow, a quick reply. Thank you. I did breathe, finally. But am so nervous. If it’s allergies, then that’s what it is and we will adjust. But I am worrying that it could be some type of bacterial infection. I wanted to start ruling things out right away that is why we did the lymes test and blood work. Depending on where it is he doesn’t even know when he is breaking out. If it’s on his ankles or hands it’s itchy. His hips and stomach – he doesn’t even know. I couldn’t get into the pediatric allergist for 3 weeks so in the meantime am seeing a 2nd pediatrician for a second opinion and to review the blood work.
    Thank you Angie.

  21. Angie September 16, 2008 at 4:19 PM #

    Hives will always appear in different places, because the allergen travels through your system, so it’s not going to be confined to one area, unfortunately 🙁

    Good luck!

  22. ann k September 16, 2008 at 4:23 PM #

    Thank you. I will let you know.

  23. ann k September 18, 2008 at 9:29 PM #

    Hi-i guess I shook some heads at the pediatrician’s and got in for an appt. yesterday rather than Oct. 6.  My son had a severe outbreak while we were there at 1:00(so much for morning and night coincidence)and he definitely identified  hives.  He said it was the 6th child he has seen in 7 days with this.
    Started him on a steroid yesterday and otc zyrtec and no outbreaks today:)  The first day in 5 weeks.  Full Blood work  was ordered and we will go from there.  When he did the exam on my son’s testicles, my son screamed bloody murder.  The pediatric allergist didn’t like this and sent me right back to my pediatrician immediatley. My pediatrician did an exam right away and said everything was normal.  So I guess the swelling, redness we experienced on Sunday was related to the hives.
    I am a wreck until the blood tests come back.  He ordered everything.
    The allergist said he was too affected to do skin tests at this time.  The steroids are for four days so I will follow up then.
    Anyhow, hope your daughter is doing well.  I am enjoying your blogs.

  24. Christine September 22, 2008 at 12:33 AM #

    I think I jinxed myself by getting involved in this post last week. On Wednesday, Sept. 17 I got stung multiple times by bees (or wasps, I’m not sure… I basically raked over their hive that was under my back steps and got attacked). So the following afternoon I was gardening and started to get very itchy on my belly. Thinking I got bit by mosquitoes where my shirt was riding up a bit, I sprayed on bugspray and kept going. I was still terribly itchy and when I showered an hour or so later, I was convinced I was breaking out with poison ivy on my belly. When my husband came home that evening, he told me it looked more like hives than poison ivy. I’ve had bad (allergic) cases of poison ivy as a youth and was convinced by the severity of the itch that it was poison ivy. However, by morning I started believing it was hives, too, because the welts were so big. Later that day, I broke out with the same type of welts on the back of my leg exactly where most of the bee stings were. The itch was unbearable and nothing OTC that I tried would help alleviate the discomfort. The only thing that helped was putting ice packs on the hives. As soon as I removed them, however, the itch would return within an hour or so. I finally called on a close friend of mine who treats her children homeopathically (who interestingly also has her PhD in Chemistry) and she helped me determine the best possible remedy for my condition. I have to say that within 8 hours of starting the remedy, the severity of the itch waned. It did not disappear completely, but significantly enough that I could function without wanting to scratch my skin off and the swelling definitely decreased! By this morning, all the welts, save the ones directly at the site of the stings, have diminished to small mosquito bit sizes. My husband believes the remedy worked via placebo effect, or that my hives just started to improve on their own, but who knows. I got relief and that’s a good thing. I don’t really have a clear stand for or against homeopathy and by no means am I suggesting that any of you try it for yourself or your children (It all does sound kind of hokey). I’m merely sharing my hive experience with you for the sake of sharing info.I hope everyone’s hives are cleared very soon, if not by now already. 🙂

  25. ann k September 22, 2008 at 1:23 PM #

    I am interested in what you did to clear your hives using hoemopathy. My son is still clear since he is off the steroid but they told me to give him Zyrtec for a few weeks. I am following his instructions but it kills me to give this to him each night.
    With my son, he never itched and didn’t even know he had them. Any how, good luck.

  26. Christine September 25, 2008 at 12:23 AM #

    Hi Ann,I’m glad your son is doing better. I empathize with you regarding your concern about giving him Zyrtec (or any medication) over the course of weeks, but I think that’s still a relatively short term treatment. Hopefully it won’t be the case for your son, but if it makes you feel better, I KNOW that many children with allergies take Zyrtec over the course of YEARS to treat their symptoms. Hopefully your son’s treatment will only last the few weeks and then he won’t need it any longer.Anyway, I’m certainly not an expert on homeopathy. My girlfriend is knowledgeable in the field and is my trusted personal resource. I basically call her up and tell her what is ailing me and if I know, what caused it. She has this reference book that she uses to look up my ‘condition’ by my symptoms or the cause of my ‘condition’ if I know it. Then we cross check my symptoms with the lists of symptoms and she is able to help me narrow the choices down to a single remedy. Sometimes my symptoms fit a particular remedy perfectly and other times we use the one that comes the closest, and if it doesn’t work, we try another one. She uses Biorin homeopathic single remedies and there are literally hundreds, if not thousands, available. I think she owns a kit of sample sized vials for the 100 most common remedies. But basically, you either need to obtain your own remedy guide or contact a homeopath to help you. If you’d like more detailed information, you can find my email address on my blogger profile by clicking on my name in this post. 🙂 

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