Thursday, July 27, 2017

The strange case of SS's possible allergy.

We have been fortunate regarding SS's health; a few colds, about three fevers, and that MRI that turned out to be normal. In early June SS came to me to show her waist because she was itching. I wondered what the rash was about, it had not happened before, and SS has no known allergies. I asked to bathe then come back to show me the area. I wanted her to be clean and ready to go in case we needed to take her to Urgent Care. SS stayed upstairs playing after her bath, and did not complain about itching again. That night she said she was not feeling well and asked to sleep with us. She did a lot of tossing and turning, scratched and said she was uncomfortable. SS then fell asleep but woke up around 1:30 a.m. crying, said her itching was now hurting.

The rash now covered her body from the waist up to her neck, as in all over. We took SS to urgent care where the intake clerk asked us in a very condescending manner if we thought about giving her Benadryl.. Well Mr. Judgy Pants,since it covered such a large part of her body, and it was a first, we silly parents wanted our child examined by a physician. SS received a prescription for steroids, a recommendation to use over the counter allergy medication for a week, and to have her pediatrician provide a referral to an allergy specialist.

SS's pediatrician (we are still desperately looking for a new one) did not think a referral was necessary, and ordered blood tests. He asked if this had happened before, and that was a big no. Also, SS had not tried any new foods, no new items, no new environments.

SS simply felt it was time to jolt us so we won't get too comfortable about this parenting thing. The steroids worked well.

Barely three days after her doctor appointment SS was sleeping on our bed again. It was Sunday morning when I entered our room to get something. SS was asleep but scratching, I lifted her top and guess what I found.

It's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

At least this time it did not cover her entire upper body.

A new concern this time, SS's swollen lip, and she wasn't happy. This time we felt comfortable giving her Benadryl and all was well again. As of today he rash has not returned and we hope it never returns.

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