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BeanBean (nearly 6) broke out in hives yesterday. This was a random thing, and it didn't seem severe or directly connected to anything he'd done or anything he'd eaten so we all just went to bed. This morning his legs were a little itchy, but he didn't say anything about it for the rest of the day and things really did look better. Tonight I went grocery shopping and when I came home, Bean was covered in giant, itchy weals. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> He looked just fine when I left, but when I came home he had this rash all over his face, his back, his arms & legs, tush, and the upper part of his chest. He's even got some spots in his mouth and on his tonsils! That said, he's not wheezing or struggling to breathe, doesn't have a headache or tummy ache, and claims to feel fine (if incredibly itchy).<br><br>
What could be causing this? When should I get paranoid about it? The whole thing looks really awful, but again the kid is not acting sick and doesn't feel ill at all. He had no trouble concentrating on a bit of schoolwork, and he ate his dinner without the pathetic whimpering which usually signifies illness. I'm mystified by it, but I'm thinking that the rash looks worse than it is. It definately looks allergic, but I can't think of anything to which he could be having a reaction right now. He did have a new food yesterday (striper), but if it was something he ate wouldn't the rash be consistant over his trunk rather than down his back but only on his upper chest? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/headscratch.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="headscratch"> Any thoughts?
 

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Shouldn't he have broken out earlier, though? Or stayed rashy, rather than having a little bit, getting better and then suddenly getting worse more than 24 hours later?
 

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You could have been witnessing a biphasic reaction, which would explain the appearance, disappearance and reappearance of the rash.<br><br>
Many times a food reaction happens quite quickly, but not always. (Check out <a href="http://www.faan.org" target="_blank">www.faan.org</a> ) Reactions can happen hours later.<br><br>
Has he had fish before? Even if he's eaten fish before without problems, sometimes kids develop sensitivity over time. My ds tested negatively to soy at 2 and again at 5. We just had him tested a month ago, and now he is testing positively for soy.
 

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He's been eating fish most of his life. He loves it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: The rash is healing this morning, he just has some marks where he scratched too hard. Is it possible that this wasn't an allergic reaction at all? I mean he never did have trouble breathing, despite the fact that he had hives in his mouth. Or... maybe it was an allergy that won't get any worse? Fish is relatively easy to avoid, but it provides a lot of free protien to us in the summer.<br><br>
If it was an allergic response, what do I need to do about it? He seems just fine now, he's not even itchy. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug">
 

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Anything is possible -- but hives are typically an allergic response. It's possible that it wasn't the fish, but I'd be very concerned about hives in the mouth. So, at minimum I'd get some benadryl to have on hand.<br><br>
DS is anaphylatic to peanuts -- his first reaction was from contact around the lips and we don't know if he swallowed anything. He had very bad hives around the mouth area and on top of his hand that he used to rub at his mouth. He didn't have any respiratory issues with this reaction. However, upon testing a few weeks later, he was off the charts allergic to peanuts - highly anaphylatic. I don't want to scare you - just make you aware.<br><br>
I developed asthma to environmental allergens when I was around 6 or 7. Of course, I had been exposed to all of this stuff for as long as I living. But at 6, my immune system went bonkers.<br><br>
The problem with being allergic to fish is that it is typically a life long allergy, and one that isn't outgrown and can get worse with subsequent exposure. Is there any chance that you could get allergy testing done to figure it out for sure?
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I can ask his doctor about it.<br><br>
Is it too much to ask for all of them to be perfectly healthy all at once? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty">
 

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Errrr....no advice just wanted to say 'hi' and welcome you to the allergy mystery forum. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/rolleyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rolleyes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/gloomy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Gloomy">: I can ask his doctor about it.<br><br>
Is it too much to ask for all of them to be perfectly healthy all at once? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/guilty.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="guilty"></div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"> I hear ya!<br><br>
Believe me, I don't even want to get started on all the stuff that's gone on with ds since the day he was born. Just when I think we've made it out of the woods, something else creeps up......Like an energizer bunny, it keeps going and going and going.....
 
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