Hives - Dayton, OH

Updated on April 15, 2008
L.S. asks from Dayton, OH
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My 8 year old son in covered in hives from head to toe. I took him to the doctor yesterday and they were not able to give me much advice. He does have alot of allergies and I have not changed anything in the last two days. The biggest problem is that they are on the bottom of his feet and it hurts to walk. I would love any suggestions on how to help him through this. Right now I am just giving him Benedryl.

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Thanks again for all your responses! I have found that he is allergic to the benedryl that I was giving him. They had a pink coating on the pills and his hives were getting worse immediately after he took them. He is still covered in hives and it is day 4. They come and go as far as how bad they are. I feel so bad for him! His food allergies are peanut, walnut, yeast, egg, corn, coconut, and soy. I was told to only let him eat fruit, veggies and meat for the next three days. I also think his environmental allergies kicked in. We played in the snow for a couple hours on Sunday. I am hoping to get his behind us soon!

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T.B.

answers from Cincinnati on

I have a family history of hives and take Zyrtec daily to not break out. It is and over the counter med now and can be taken with benadryl. Good luck!

Tabitha

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D.Z.

answers from Indianapolis on

Bentonite clay on the area and when you have washed it off put on some oil just not mineral oil which is drying. Also good to bath in it but it is messy to clean the tub afterward and you need to get a piece of screen from the hardware store and duct-tape it down before you put in the water- if you look on the net they also sell clay dissolving packets so you do not have to bother about it and it can just go down the drain after the bath and the dissloving jazz has gone in.
Clay draws out toxins. Nettles are anti-histamine if you would rather not use the benedryl- yikes on steroids!!!! make a tea of the nettles- if you don't have a healthfood store that carries herbs or they aren't in the tea section- Alvita brand tea- then you can get them off the net. - the bentonite clay too http://claybaths.com.au/instruct_foot.html -for clay and clay dissolver

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M.E.

answers from Cincinnati on

I would break out in hives when i was younger. That's how I found out that I was allergic to penicillin. I was scratching contantly, so my mother put me in an ole school oatmeal bath. Along with the benadryl, it eventually went away. Plus, as we all know, baths are soothing and calming, which helps from it spreading. Just a suggestion!

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D.B.

answers from Indianapolis on

Hi Anne...
Our sons have never had hives, but allegies (including exzema) we have dealt with. The doctor in the past has prescribed us steroids (which we we not excited about), so instead we use a Strawberry-Kiwi flavored Aloe juice that our 6 year old and 3 year old drink each day. We have had NO allergy problems since we have started with this...and they love the taste! We purchase it thru www.indy.unfranchise.com
and have it sent directly to our door. Hope this helps!

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B.W.

answers from Cincinnati on

Poor little guy! Try a bath with Aveeno bath powder packets...like oatmeal, or the one for eczema/poison ivy...these seem to really provide alot of relief from the itchies. They sell in a box with several packets in it at all drug/grocery stores for about $6. I really feel for him (and you), hives are so uncomfortable. They not only itch, but when you have them all over like your son, your skin just feels so tight and uncomfortable. I hope they reside soon! :)

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K.F.

answers from Columbus on

I used to get really bad hives when I was a kid. These are the most itchy, miserable things ever. Aveeno baths helped provide some relief. I would encourage you to read the book,
"Is This Your Child" by Doris Rapp. She discusses how to identify uncommon allergies, and how traditional allergists (she was one) don't always find all the problems with their testing. I hope you can prevent this from happening in the future!

K.

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J.S.

answers from Terre Haute on

I sometimes have that problem...with myself. Could he have stepped in something that was dropped or used on the floor? I would try to give him an oatmeal bath. That's what my mom used to use on me when I broke out. Sorry not much help here.

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A.P.

answers from Fort Wayne on

My niece got hives really bad and she used Benedryl but we also noticed that heat seemed to make it worse. The cooler she was the less her hives showed. Eventually they went away once we figured out that she was allergic to Cod fish.

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E.A.

answers from Columbus on

My mother once soaked my brother in charcoal to get rid of a bad case of hives. She used the kind that is used in fish tank filters, soaked it for about 20 minutes to soften it, then smeared it all over him, and left it for about a half hour. He looked like a green-grey monster, but it worked.

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H.H.

answers from Cincinnati on

Hi, L. --

One thing I always mention on the subject of allergies is DYES in food. My daughter had a terrible reaction to red dye #40 in children's Advil. Just recalling it makes me FURIOUS because there is utterly no need for products known to be potential allergens to children to be used in children's products.

So, you may want to think about anything new your son's consumed that might have been dye-laden. Red Dye #40 is in almost everything pink or red, and I believe it's got a yellow counterpart that's also a potential allergen. We have become good at avoided red dyed things - candies, punch, and, of course, medicines! We made the mistake of giving her subsequent doses of the Advil, only to see the rash worsen, before we found out that it was the dye in the product itself that was causing her problem. Her pediatrician helped us to determine that as the cause.

I know they make a dye-free Benadryl, so you may want to get that. Not to say dye's your son's issue, but, hey, it's one factor nobody would generally consider.

Take care,
H.

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F.R.

answers from Columbus on

Hi L.! My son does have allergies and get hives often...he has become know as our "bump", affectionately of course. Anyhow, hives are one of those things that you can't do much for...benedryl is good but tends to make my boy sleepy, so I give him a straight anti-histamine, Claritan etc. Talking to your Pharmasist is a great idea. Soak his feet in plain oatmeal or using hidrocortazone can help with the itching...you can find it witha pain reliever too. I have found the stress brings on my sons just as easily as food preservatives and other things he ingests. Good luck to you! And his poor feet.

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J.R.

answers from Toledo on

This happened to my daughter when she was 2. She broke out in hives all over for no reason. We were sent to an allergist because she hasn'thad any allergies before. They ran several test and could not find a reason. She has had several other breakouts since then (its been over a year). They just gave me two claritin type medicines, one a stronger version for a bad breakout and a topical cream. The allergist wanted me to give her the med. everyday but I don't like keeping her on medicine for an extended period of time (it makes her very drowsy). She has been fine and I will give it to her if she has a breakout. She has had several mild breakouts due to the cold. Hot or cold can bring it out. My sister in law has the same thing. She is 40 and they don't know why still. I guess some people are very very sensitive. It just is horrible to watch your little one in pain, I know. I would ask for a topical cream especially for his feet. i will say a pray for you little guy!

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S.D.

answers from Cincinnati on

Hi L.,
My son is allergic to just about everything and breaks out in hives all the time. We basically keep Benedryl in stock so that will be just about the only thing any doctor would give you for a mild outbreak. But for the itchy and soreness - Goldbond cream....it works wonders. It will seem like it burns a little to the child, but then they will feel immediate relief. I know this personally because I use it for my feet and legs in the summertime when I have bites all over, and we also use it on my son's hives all the time. I do believe they also sell a regular lotion - but we use the cream. Hope this helps!

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M.B.

answers from Lima on

Why didn't they give him a shot? That's what they've done for my kids. It's miserable to have hives.

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J.F.

answers from Cleveland on

Oh my goodness! Sounds aweful! I would take him to a pediatric allergist, if you haven't already. I have a great if you need. Her name is Velma Pascal. She's on the westside of Cleveland.

I hope he gets relief very soon!!

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J.B.

answers from Indianapolis on

L.,
I have had this problem for a number of years. A doctor finally told me I was allergic to peanuts and shell fish, basically. Since I cut out the peanuts, peanut butter, shrimp, crabmeat,things cooked in peanut oil, etc., I have had very little problem.
Hope this helps.

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M.G.

answers from Terre Haute on

My 6 year old son just recently went through this. He broke out with goose bump type rash, although the bumps were red. He itched and his feet and hands hurt. He went to the doctor three times and they couldn't figure out what was wrong with him. We started with Benadryl and finally after 7 days were given 5 days of steroids, which seemed to help. But, once his skin began clearing up his hands and feet started to peel, badly. The skin on his face also dried out. He is on the end of it all now, but it has been aggravating since they don't know what it was. We too, had not changed anything.

Good Luck!

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N.L.

answers from Cleveland on

Hi L., I don't know if this would help or not, but my whole family drinks an incredibly healthy juice called Mona Vie and I hear it is good for allergies. The main ingredient is the acai berry grown in the rainforest. It's very high in antioxidents and phytonutrients. I am allergic to the sun and used to itch when exposed. I don't itch in the sun anymore! Mona Vie has anti-inflamatory properties as well. It's also an incredible home based business. My brother does very well (around $90,000 a year after about a year of doing this). Microsoft took seven years to hit the billion dollar mark...Mona Vie has done it in three! I never thought I would be doing something like this, but this product has significantly improved the health of my family and friends. Check it out at www.monavie.com and email me at [email protected]____.com or call N. at ###-###-#### or ###-###-####. God Bless! Hope this helps.

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L.G.

answers from Cleveland on

I don't have much experience in this area, but I know that synthetic socks and shoes make my feet sweat and then smell. So, maybe synthetic material socks, certain dyes, or non-leather shoes is doing this to his feet. Try having him wear only white cotton socks (no blends if possible) and only leather shoes. Also try sensitive formula laundry detergent or fabric softener.

Maybe you sprayed Febreze or some other deoderizer on the carpet or in his shoes. Maybe it is a certain carpet cleaner chemical. These are all guesses but it is something to consider.

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A.T.

answers from Cleveland on

I have had horrible bouts with hives as well as my 2 year old son.... Benedryl works sometimes... but to ease actual symptoms make sure he's not too hot or sweaty... cool baths and sleeping in only underwear or even naked :) helps to calm the irritation on your skin.. they are very hard to get rid of sometimes.. i don't know if your son is too young to take Zyrtec but that is the only thing that got rid of mine...
Keep him cool.... it will help...
hope this doesn't last too long... Take Care.

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S.F.

answers from Indianapolis on

We just battled with this with my 2 y/o 2 weeks ago & got so bad we had to take him to the ER. He too was covered from head to toe and they eventually turned into black & blue bruises (so be prepared)!! My ped said only severe cases get that bad. But we still to this day do not know what the cause was. Hives can appear 2 weeks after something has been eaten. We also went to an allergist and he told us not to try to figure it out b/c everything we think was the cause probablly wasn't it! As far as relieving him... you could try benedryl, oatmeal baths (worked wonders for my son), lotas of lotion (helped to releive the itchiness) & if hives stay longer than a week (they should only last 4-7 days) they could also give him Atarax which is a Rx strength of benedryl like medicine & could also use a steroid to help. My son was on all of them & I could tell a huge difference within 2 days. Good Luck!

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D.K.

answers from Indianapolis on

You may not have changed anything diet wise, but how the food is processed and what's in it may have changed. IT HAPPENS ALL THE TIME! It could be meat, dairy or even poultry products, especially in frozen or fast foods. Some of it can be related to the antibiotics given to the animals and there are new ones all the time.

Acidophilius reduces allergic reactions and helps replenish friendly bacteria.
Flaxseed oil or primrose oil (500mg for kids between the ages of 6 & 12) which has an anti-inflammatory effect.
I've used Quercitin for poison ivy and let me tell you it STOPS the itching!!! AWESOME STUFF!!!

Many times, for a child between 6 & 12, they should have 1/2 of what an adult gets in an herbal dosage. HOWEVER......I'd do my homework. There are plenty of natural remedy books out there. I'd certainly buy one and keep on hand! You'll be amazed at how much you use it!!

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A.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter has a lot of allergies, and she has had head to toe hives before and she takes Zrytec daily and when the hives appear we add Benedryl, Atarax for the itching and, prescription Hydrocortisone cream.

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J.S.

answers from Mansfield on

Acute hives can last upto six weeks and you may never find out the cause. Chronic hives can last six weeks to years. My 17yr old dtr developed chronic hives at age 9 and is still on medications for them. She would get them from her scalp to the palms of her feet and hands, her eyes and mouth, and she would itch and scratch herself raw. They were all different sizes, shapes and different shades of pink to red, and thicknesses.
In the beginning, when I thought she was going to have an anaphylactic reaction, we went to the emergency room. They put her on prednisone and sent us home. Then within two days after her last dosage was taken, we were right back at square one.
What worked for her, was to place cool washclothes over all the areas affected, or a cool bath, with Aveeno, while waiting for the medications to work. The doctor ordered her to take Plaquinal, Zyrtec, Zantac and Singulair. I would recommend you see a doctor before starting your son on any medications.

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J.A.

answers from Indianapolis on

Try having him soak in an oatmeal bath a couple times a day, especially before bed. Aveeno makes a great product. It will help ease the itching and the discomfort.

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B.G.

answers from Cincinnati on

I don't know if this will help you, but I had horrible allergies growing up. I would get hives like that, just out of the blue. I was usually already on allergy medicine, so the doc would just tell me it's going to take time. There is something in the air (pollen . . .) that is causing his immune system to over react, therefore causing the hives. Anytime he is having an allergy attack, which comes in many different forms, it is his immune system over reacting to whatever he is being exposed to. I've had air cleaners, and all kinds of products to help with my allergies. You just have to find what works for him. Have you taken him to an allergist? Have you tried any anti-itch creams, that might help a little. It's no fun and I feel for him. I hope this helps you.

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J.W.

answers from Dayton on

The same thing happened to my 7 year old son. we are not sure what caused the hives but we were told that The hives can reoccur for a couple of weeks. use aveno oatmeal baths with lukewarm water. Good luck i know how hard it is to see your child in pain.

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T.R.

answers from Cincinnati on

My 9 year old daughter has the same issue about every six to eight months since she was two Zyrtec takes the hives away. You can now buy it OTC for about 13 bucks(the liquid) and it lasts 24 hours so you won't have to medicate him so much as you do with the benadryl. She takes it for about two weeks and that holds her for a long time.

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M.F.

answers from Indianapolis on

Just an fyi on the Atarax. It's not actually like Benadryl at all. Benadryl and Zyrtec are both for blocking histamines and leukotreines. Atarax is something used as an anticonvulsant, anti-itching - for hives & even things as severe as mental problems. I'm just telling you because my son's chicken pox were so bad 5 yrs ago, that when he had them in every crevice in his body, he was prescribed it just so he could bear the pain and not scrape himself open constantly. This medicine made him very drowsy. My own mother was upset that I was giving it to my son - and I hadn't asked for it. I'd just gone to the Dr. to be assured that his reaction with the chicken pox (other two children had it, too...but their reactions were much less severe) ... and she didn't want him to suffer like he was.

Atarax very good for helping - but very serious med. Look it up. I always research any medicine and how it works online before I give it to the children, anyways.

I hope this helps any of you & I don't frustrate anyone who's had to use it. It did help my son, then 4. But he couldn't stay awake for long at all. It was a very sad time for his precious little self!

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M.T.

answers from Fort Wayne on

Try taking him to an allergist. My son would get hives all the time it turned out he was allergic to wheat, soy and pet hair. He takes singular and is much better:)

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M.L.

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Lee Ann,
I don't want to alarm you in anyway, but better safe than sorry. Are you absolutly certain this is hives? My sister had a similar situation a few years ago, and her son was misdiagnosed, by the time they realized it was Steven Johnsons Syndrome, my nephew had to be life flighted to a childrens hospital. The original diagnosis was hives, then hand foot mouth virus. I pray this is hives for your families sake, it can be fatal,however I will tell you my nephew came through just fine. Again what he had was called Steven Johnsons Syndrome. Let me know how it turns out, I'm sure if you need emtional support should this be the case, my sister will be glad to share her story with. Best Wishes and many prayers, M. L

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B.H.

answers from Columbus on

Hi L.. There is a product called OPC-3 that helps tremendously with allergies and skin irritations. It's an all natural antioxidant made by Isotonix, the world's most advanced nutraceuticals. I work for a marketing company that sells it.

This morning a team member sent me an email from one of her clients whose daughter suffered from psoriasis. Her testimonial shows how great it works. She sent pictures as well that show her daughter's red and irritated skin before using it and then how clear it is after, and the results were amazing. I couldn't get my computer to paste them on this response, but I am including her story if you want to read it.

Let me know if you want more information about OPC-3. I always keep an extra bottle on hand if someone needs it in a hurry!

Good luck!
B.

Hi my name is Sarah Babcock and I would like to tell you the story behind the pictures you are about to see and why I love OPC-3.

My family consists of myself, my husband Donald, my 6-year-old daughter Alida and my 13 month old son Dax. We were introduced to OPC-3 two or three years ago. At the time I didn’t really understand what it could be used for or how it works and had a lot of other, seemingly separate, issues to deal with.

One of these problems was that Alida was born with a congenital heart defect called Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome. She had to endure a total of nine surgeries in the first 5 years of her life. We were totally dependent upon the doctors and our faith to keep her here with us.

The second problem began in August of 2005. This is when Alida was diagnosed with psoriasis, adding more doctors to the list and our lives. This time was different though. No doctor that we have met to this day knows the cause of psoriasis. Alida was given many different prescriptions over the winter and they seemed to help her skin clear up some. One of the doctors told me it would be two or more months until we saw any improvement with the medication when she was at her worst. This was not good enough for me. I wanted to see that her skin was improving at least a little every day when she woke up in the morning.

Even with all the medicine, Alida’s skin condition worsened considerably by June of 2006. She no longer had small red spots on her body; her skin was quickly turning dark, bright red completely! Within an hour of getting dressed in the morning she had spots of blood on her shirt from the broken skin. She had large flakes of skin falling off all over her bed, my living room and anywhere else she went. When we went anywhere public there was always someone who would cringe when they saw her, or ask if she had something contagious, or want to know what she had all over her. To me this was heart breaking.

I started to look online to find out what might be the cause of her psoriasis and found that it could be caused by an overload of toxins in her blood. In this scenario, after her other organs were unable to release the toxins from her body, her skin was the only organ left to rid her body of toxins left from past and present medication prescribed for both of her conditions. I took suggestions of changing her diet to the most natural foods possible. As you can see in the first set of pictures I took around July 15, 2006 her skin was really bad. My mother-in-law suggested that I start giving her the OPC-3. I had already had it okayed by the cardiologist, so I figured that it might help to try it.

I started Alida on the OPC-3 in the middle of July 2006 and started to see slow improvements. This was just what I needed. She was only on half doses, but I was just so relieved and happy to see that something was finally working. I took her off the prescriptions for her skin by the end of the month and saw so much improvement in August.

This brings us to the second set of pictures, which were taken the first week of September 2006. She still has some of the spots, but is no longer bloody or fire red from head to toe. I will never allow myself to run out of OPC-3 because I never want to see my baby girl’s body and face taken over by the psoriasis monster again.

She hasn’t cleared up 100% yet, but every week she is on OPC-3 I see an improvement and feel so blessed that she is with us and that we were introduced to OPC-3 to help with her psoriasis.

P.S. Alida had to stop taking OPC-3 on September 27th to prepare for surgery the following week. Within two days spots started to reappear. Once her surgery was over she started the OPC-3 again and the spots have started to disappear again.

Sarah Babcock

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L.K.

answers from Elkhart on

Hives are an allergic reaction to something. (I know as i have allergies) My suggestion is to take your son to an allergy specialist.
They can figure out exactly what he is allergic to and decide what treatment is best for him. It may even be something simple that he can just avoid.
L.

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M.M.

answers from Cincinnati on

Are yoiu sure it's not hand foot and mouth disease? With the hives being painful an don the bottom of his feet, that is the first thing I can think of. It is not serious, but is very, very contagious. It consists of painful blister like rash that can be anywhere on the body, but usually ends up on the hands, feet and sometimes in the mouth. Google it and view pics to compare to your son's case. I hope this helps!

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C.S.

answers from Canton on

I've known several folks, young and old- mostly young, who have suffered from hives. Nobody could really shed light on the cause for them until a forum was held locally that suggested food preservatives, especially that of processed foods, could be the cause. I can tell you that for nearly all that tried a natural/organic/ bland diet the symptoms either went away or were significantly reduced.

The folks that I know were advised to totally stop their current diet for eight to ten weeks, consume no preservatives (you need to watch certain seasonings too) then gradually resume a "normal" diet taking note of what is eaten and if it triggers anything.

Do you have a health foods store close to you that you could seek guidance? I think one of the older folks I know of used a Chiropractor for guidance so that could be an option too if you are able to or maybe even a nutritionist/ dietrician.

Good luck.

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M.F.

answers from Dayton on

I have used Aveeno's oatmeal bath on myself and my kids when they get hives - it works really well and it smells yummy. Aveeno also makes an oatmeal lotion - not as effective as the bath, but good for in-between baths.

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S.K.

answers from Lafayette on

My twin sister had hives like that when we were teenagers. She was alergic to almost everything. At that time they gave her a shot of some kind once a week for a year ( I am sure the medical profession has a better treatment now). So I would talk to the doctor and see what he says and maybe they can start a treatment soon. Anything can set off the hives. My sister had all those allergies but it was a musty room that set it off with the hives. A cool bath with baking soda along with the benedryl will help some. Other than that he needs treatments to get rid of them.

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A.S.

answers from Kokomo on

L.,

I am a mother of a 2 year old with food allergies. Hives were the first sign for me. With food allergies, they usually start at the bottom of their legs and work their way up. Also, keep in mind that even if your son has not ate anything different lately, his body could just now be recognizing that he is allergic. Every reaction can be different. My advice would be to make notes of everything he is eating and note if there are hives associated with it and then compare ingredients. I really hope everything is okay....food allergies are the PITS!!

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A.B.

answers from Fort Wayne on

HI, you might give him some temporary relief with an Aveeno oatmeal bath. you can buy it at any drugstore....

also, you didn't give much info on the alergies. but an all organic diet might do your son wonders. read the labels of the foods your family eats. between the chemicals and the growth hormones its no wonder we all know someone with cancer!! it is something the whole family has to do together but there are amazing foods out there you just have to look past the brands you usually buy! they even make an organic pop tart- my kids love them! best of luck!!

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T.B.

answers from Muncie on

Hi L....

My son, who is now 18, started getting hives around age 5....mostly on his neck, shoulders, chest, tummy, etc...but I would do benedryl and then put him in a "oatmeal" bath or whatever was available for things such as poison ivy...that gave some help....but it wasn't until he started taking a prescription medicine for allergies that he stopped getting hives. Now he takes a daily dose of allegra and has been hive-free for almost a year....

Just something to think about....

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V.J.

answers from Cleveland on

Did the Dr. check your son for a sinus infection? It's possible he may have one and not know it and hives are an indication.

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M.H.

answers from Fort Wayne on

I am very conserned that your Dr didn't tell you this for one. When a child gets hives on the bottom of their feet it means that they are allergic to something ingested, such as medications, food, candy ect. I would try to think about what he has had for the past week before the hives appeared. And would also think about finding another Dr. I am a nurse by trade, but am disabled now, but I think you should get a diffrent Dr. and keep track of everything he puts in his mouth.
I hope this helps.
M.

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M.F.

answers from Indianapolis on

My daughter was allergic to red dye#40(it's in just about everything that has a red, pink, purple and sometimes blue tint to it). Her body would break out in "Urticaria" hives within 4 hours of eating the dye. Benedryl was great to relieve the hives right away but would only last 4 hours. Claritin was great for 3 days but would take an hour to get rid of the hives. Of course, the best thing for us was not eating the dye but sometimes it was difficult.

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L.E.

answers from Columbus on

HI

Our son has gotten hives for multiple allergies over the years. We have treated with Zyrtec and it seems to work quicker than Benedryl. The good news is Zyrtec just became an over-the-counter drug so you no longer need a prescription.

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A.H.

answers from Bloomington on

It sounds to me like hand/foot/mouth disease but a Dr should be able to diagnose that. If his feet are hurting, he definitely needs to be seen by another Dr.

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C.E.

answers from Lima on

I do know that you can get hives internally also. Benedryl should help. Just remember that just because he had no reaction to something before doesn't mean he can't get a reaction later. Hope all goes well for him.

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P.F.

answers from Columbus on

I would get another Dr. There are meds for this and they should be working on discovering the cause.

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