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Hives, swollen eye and itchy runny nose from what??

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Whelk Thu 18-Jul-13 19:54:17

dd2 (4) is allergic to nuts, egg and cows milk.

Today after tea she suddenly complained her eye was really itchy and then started scratching furiously at her eyes, nose and neck/jaw, which were covered in hives. She had a few hives on her tummy too. Her eye was swollen, so that her eye was almost just a slit. The other eye was fine.

I gave her Piriton, showered her and sat her on my knee in front of a fan and it began to calm down. Here eye is almost back to normal now, 2.5 hours later and all the hives went within 2 hours or so.

About 2 weeks ago when it was very hot she came out in hives, which took a while to settle.

Its really really hot here today. I wonder if its related to the heat? She had just had tea but there wasn't anything new in there- pasta, strips of beef, peas and corn-on-cob (I know its a bit of a weird tea - she'd had her main meal at lunch time and we're going on holiday so was using up whats left in fridge!). She's had the suncream loads of times! I did put her in a new top (its sat in the wardrobe a while but not been worn before).
Could it be that? I'm at a loss. She hasn't been tested for environmental allergens.

Any thoughts would be most welcome!

kelda Thu 18-Jul-13 19:54:53

Sun cream?

Whelk Thu 18-Jul-13 20:18:40

She's used the same suncream for years so v unlikely to be that

kelda Thu 18-Jul-13 21:08:12

Could be the new clothes, if they haven't been washed yet.

wheredidiputit Thu 18-Jul-13 21:10:21


I used the same suncream on my dc (Nivea sensitive for Kids) for years but this year they have had terrible reaction from it. Itchy rash where the cream was.

kelda Thu 18-Jul-13 21:14:50

If it's an old bottle of sun cream, it could have changed and cause a reaction. They do go out of date.

If it's a new bottle, they might have changed the ingredients slightly.

My dd1 had a simialr reaction a week ago. This is the first year that she's had significant allrgies and hay fever (she's nine). I'm not sure exactly what caused the reaction, but we have a couple of bottle of sun creams from last year and I have now thrown them away.

I am going to try and avoid using sun cream and just keep her in a hat and out of the direct sun as much as possible.

valiumredhead Thu 18-Jul-13 21:22:13

She could have rubbed some sun cream into her eye or some had fallen into her eye via sweat from her brow?

Whelk Thu 18-Jul-13 21:50:45

Valiumredhead that could be it...

The suncream alone (on skin) doesn't really seem very likely as used it for years and its not a new bottle, been using this one for weeks.
But who knows? Its a mystery.

Whelk Thu 18-Jul-13 21:59:20

Maybe it could be the new clothes, although we've never had the problem before. That said she doesn't get many being dd number 2!

valiumredhead Thu 18-Jul-13 22:01:24

They change ingredients all the time though so it could be.

Kikibee Thu 18-Jul-13 22:02:32

Did she have ketchup with the meal? Cheap stuff may have groundnut oil in

Whelk Thu 18-Jul-13 22:03:20

But we've used that bottle at least 10 times. Would she not have reacted before today?

valiumredhead Thu 18-Jul-13 22:17:48

You can develop a reaction to anything at any time unfortunately.

ukey Fri 19-Jul-13 00:12:50

pollen? had she been playing outside?

kelda Fri 19-Jul-13 07:04:37

Probably a mixture of things - the new clothes, the suncream, the heat. If she has allergies and sensitive skin, anything will tip the balance.

Whelk Fri 19-Jul-13 09:18:15

She had been playing outside ukey but does so almost every day.

Valiumredhead Thanks for reminding me, of course you can develop a new reaction at any time. Why do I always forget this?

Kikibee Fri 19-Jul-13 22:08:26

My daughter often reacts, when the day before she has been fine, life is quite difficult at times with allergic children sad

youarewinning Sat 20-Jul-13 20:38:37

I would have leaned more towards cross contamination - especially with beef/milk.

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