Another breakout
Posted on August 29th, 2008 @ 8:53 am

It happened yesterday afternoon, after we picked her up from school.

We picked her up, drove home and dropped off my husband and then went straight to the store for some groceries.  Within a couple of minutes of being there, she started to scratch at her sides, so I checked and sure enough, little patches of hives.  So far, this is the only thing in common with Sunday.  But NOT with Wednesday, as we had been at home all day before she started to break out.

I think next on our list would be to start a process of elmination.  It doesn’t seem to be any foods that I can determine, and the environment has only been the same twice out of the three times.

I think I may start with the laundry detergent.  When I dropped her off at daycare and told them she’d had another breakout after school, they started asking if we’d made any changes recently – clothes, laundry detergent, foods, etc.   Her clothes are the same ones she’s been wearing for at least a month.  There have been no new foods.  The laundry detergent… Well, we use the same BRAND, but previously I had been using the dye & perfume free version, this time we got the scented/color version.  But why, if she’s wearing an item of clothing that was washed in that detergent, would she NOT break out within moments of it being put on? Why wait until the end of the day?

Still, I will go buy another bottle of the dye/perfume free version and wash her clothes in it this weekend and see if that makes any difference.  And just to make sure it isn’t some food issue that, even though she’s been eating the same stuff for quite a while, something didn’t just change in her system and start reacting funny, I will track what she eats, too.

I just don’t want her to end up having to be a benedryl junkie just because she has hives break outs for no apparent reason. 🙁

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What could be triggering it?
Posted on August 27th, 2008 @ 9:52 pm

Hives, that is. I think I talked about her hives outbreak on Sunday in my other blog.

She started to break out again tonight, but I caught it when there were just a few bumps on her – on her chest, wrist, inside knee and an ankle – before they got out of hand, and gave her a dose of Benedryl.

The environment was different this time.  Last time we were at the grocery store when it started.  She was sitting in a cart, and it just seemed to show up out of the blue.

This time, we were at home, and were getting ready to go pick up dinner.  I just started to get her out of her PJs (it was a PJ day, after this morning’s events), and noticed the ones on her torso.  So weird.

I wonder if I should be writing up a note and taking the bottle of Benedryl to daycare with her tomorrow in case she has a break out there.  That crap spreads quick (at least for her), and makes her completely uncomfortable – to the point where she says it hurts – and we work an hour away from the daycare, there is no way we’d get there in time to dose her to start to ease her suffering.  She’d be an utter mess.

I think that is what I’m going to do, write up a note tonight and print it out and take it with us.  Usually there is some form we have to sign for medications, but hopefully they’ll accept a letter for the short term.

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