What could cause this on my daughter when nothing she's had is new?

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  1. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 11 years ago

    What could cause this on my daughter when nothing she's had is new?

    The doctors and hospital can not figure it out. They simply told me to not come back unless she started struggling to breathe. They got much worse than this picture yesterday. The hospital gave her steroid shot and benadryl and sent her home. No new foods, soaps, nothing new! They were better this morning mostly but now they are coming back again. Don't know what to do! Doctor's office is closed on friday! Ideas? I should add she has not had any shots since 9 mths. She's 18mths now.


  2. articlesocean profile image61
    articlesoceanposted 11 years ago

    Is the Skin just red or is there some kind of spots? I have a similar allergy and I don't have any new type of foods too. Doctors don't understand what type of allergy i have. I take a medicine called Cetirizine 10mg tablet. I don't think your daughter is old enough to have this tablet. But i suggest you get a full check up by a allergy specialist.

  3. profile image52
    jeneustanceposted 11 years ago

    This appears to be what my son had when he was younger.  He was at the doctor and was told the same thing.  However, the next day it was worse and appeared that it had started to spread. We had to take him to the ER to be intravenously given steroids.  Worked for the time being, then we were told to wash EVERYTHING, including pillows in a no fragrance detergent, it seemed to do the trick, never had a problem again.  After it was all said and done, I had remembered that I got a sample of a new detergent in the mail and I had washed his comforter in it.  He got better, which made me happy, and as a mother, I know that is all that matters.

  4. profile image51
    jwilford1posted 11 years ago

    Could she be allergic to red food coloring?  My youngest daughter had skin reaction like this from Hawaiian Punch.  My chlid's red splotches would last for 4 weeks but appear mostly on her face and arms.  For some reason it was only a problem with red beverages like Kool-Aid etc. 

    I also have a child with severe eczema and this looks a bit like her early inflammation.  My child is essentially allergic to her own sweat.  Her skin is not dry but will turn red and itchy when she is hot and sweaty.  Prescription steroids were the only thing that healed her breakouts but we found that Coconut oil was the best 'cream' for her inflamed skin.  You can buy it at the grocery store.  You might want to try a test spot to see if it helps calm the inflammation.

    These are just suggestions. I am not a doctor, just a mother of 2 rashy kids, so my heart goes out to you.
    Best of luck!

  5. peeples profile image94
    peeplesposted 11 years ago

    Thanks for the answers. We just got back from the ER again! Still no clue what is wrong outside of her having hives. The spots seem to go from red to red with welts to moving to other spots. We started this afternoon with them on her neck and back, now those have gone and her face is covered. I am a big fan of coconut oil and I have placed some on a couple spots to see the results. She has always done good with VCO so we'll see. Hoping we get this figured out soon.

    1. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We think we may have figured it out. We moved into a home recently and have been told by neighbors now that the house had mold issues. I know nothing about mold but we have taken every element except the house out and she's still sick with hives!

    2. Mama Kim 8 profile image86
      Mama Kim 8posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Good luck cleaning that up!  It can be inside the walls sometimes. If it's in the bathrooms or window sills a bleach spray will take care of it. 25% bleach 75% water in a spray bottle, spray mold let sit 10-15 minutes then wipe with a damp cloth.

    3. artist101 profile image56
      artist101posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      I feel for you,  I really do. We had a leaky roof that wasn't obviuos and it made us very sick, untill we did finally find it.

    4. Kierstin Carreira profile image60
      Kierstin Carreiraposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Interesting.  We also recently had a mold issue.  My daughter was going through a really hard time and we couldn't figure out what was causing it.  We finally realized that the black stuff that looked like ink was MOLD!

    5. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      There is no visable mold, so sadly we think it's in the attic! Not fun! Thanks!

    6. ChristinS profile image39
      ChristinSposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      oh crap girl, that's not a good thing.  That mold can be an expensive proposition to get rid of.  Let's hope that isn't the case, but if it is you def have to rid yourself of it, been there done that... ugh.

    7. artist101 profile image56
      artist101posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      What finally worked was flashing. My husband had to take parts of the roof off, and redo it, as we own a tri level. He also had to tar around, and flash every stack, on the roof. Until you eliminate the source of water it will not be resolved.

    8. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Our dog has now become seriously ill with an unknown allergic reaction also. We will not be trying to fix the mold issue. At this point we just have to move.

    9. ChristinS profile image39
      ChristinSposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      sad I'm so sorry to hear that.  Did you buy this home or are you renting? Either way the landlord/previous owners should have told you about the mold.  I'd sue for her medical costs.

    10. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      We are actually doing an owner finance buy. We will be requesting payment for all expenses and hoping he goes with it the nice way. I'm not much for suing but guess if he refuses I will have to.

    11. faith_love_hope32 profile image62
      faith_love_hope32posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Wow, the last house that I lived in 2 years ago had mold issues in the walls, which was why we moved.   We were constantly having health issues.  Stomach issues, upper respiratory infections.  Constantly.  People would be amazed by what mold can do.

    12. peeples profile image94
      peeplesposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Happy to announce we have moved to a mold free home! Now if I can just get the dog better!

    13. fitmom profile image75
      fitmomposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      So glad that you figured it out and have moved so quickly! I lived in a house with mold as a teenager and our whole family got health problems from it. It took me awhile to get better because my health got so bad. Sadly, my parents still live there.

    14. MamaTschet profile image61
      MamaTschetposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Not sure where you live, but I would have the new house inspected by a certified home inspector.  They would have hopefully discovered the mold issue in the old house. The average inspection is $300 and covers everything.  Good luck in the new place!

  6. duffsmom profile image59
    duffsmomposted 11 years ago

    My granddaughter has this problem on occasion and the doctor said it was a side effect of having a virus.  Can they test her blood for something like that?

  7. ChitrangadaSharan profile image92
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 11 years ago

    Looks like some kind of skin allergy or reaction. Poor girl. You must see a dermatologist. I am not a doctor, but speaking from my experience as a mother, skin reactions must be treated with the suitable medicines and ointments. Otherwise they may come back again and again. Merely trying home remedies would not help. The doctor may advise you to have a blood and urine examination, to diagnose the causes of such state of the skin, whether the problem is external or internal. Skin troubles take a little more time to get corrected. You have to have patience. Wish you and the child all the best.

  8. ChristinS profile image39
    ChristinSposted 11 years ago

    Keep track of what she eats also - it could be a food allergy that is just now emerging

  9. mismazda profile image60
    mismazdaposted 11 years ago

    This could be somthing she is allergic to outside, or it could be fabric softner, soap or other detergents. i would go to a good pediatrician. Sometimes allergies can come from the most strangest things, and its not necessary anything that she had ate. I hope she gets well.....smile

  10. radhasl profile image60
    radhaslposted 11 years ago

    May be she ate something while playing around in the garden or somewhere which you didn't notice. Kids are like that they love experiment new things and use to bit or eat strange things. Did they checked her blood sample?

  11. kittyjj profile image68
    kittyjjposted 11 years ago

    I saw your last update was 34 hours ago.  I hope your daughter is better now.  If not, you might want to take her see a dermatologist or an allergy specialist to get a different opinion.

  12. faith_love_hope32 profile image62
    faith_love_hope32posted 11 years ago

    Definitely looks like an allergic reaction to something.  How about a bug bite maybe?  Bug bites can cause rash in some children.  When my 16 year old was little, he would get weird rashes occasionally from even just a mosquito bite.

  13. Mama Kim 8 profile image86
    Mama Kim 8posted 11 years ago

    Try not to worry too much. Like the hospital said, unless she has trouble breathing or other new more serious symptoms try to to worry. According to my pediatrician when it comes to allergic reactions rashes look really scary but are actually the least harmful. My children are both prone to eczema and rashes. Keep on the good creams. Aveeno is a life saver for me. I know how stressful it can be. I've also heard hives can be an emotional thing as well. Along with her environment make sure her day to day hasn't changed too much.
    Let us know how she (and you) are doing!

    1. kolina10 profile image57
      kolina10posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      My sister does not worry my hands and herbal medicines that describe Tabaip lets you get rid of allergies
      1 thyme in a pint of water.
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  14. Kierstin Carreira profile image60
    Kierstin Carreiraposted 11 years ago


    Has she had a recent infection like strep throat?  My son had a similar type of reaction following a pretty bad strep infection about a year ago.  The ER had a name for it, which unfortunately I don't remember now, but apparently it is fairly common.  See below for a picture of his skin discolorations.

  15. profile image50
    eschaoposted 11 years ago

    I used to have this when I was born, but it calmed when i was about 5-9 and then flared again when I was 10-14. I'm 17 now, and it's much more manageable.  It only comes back about once a year near finals, or any other highly stressful situation, and when that happens, I try to excercise, watch TV, play a game, or spend time with my friends to calm down. When I was little my parents spent almost a fortune trying to figure out what was wrong because this happened to me often, and it ranged from being itchy, to having a burning sensation, to feeling numb, to being almost painful to touch. I also had eczema, which intensified these hive breakouts. You COULD take her to a dermatologist, but all they will do is subscribe you with some steroid cream, and it will go away for a while, but then it'll come back, sometimes worse. My skin adapted to the steroids, and gradually one brand stopped working so I had to alternate brands every other week, which was expensive. What I found to work best for me is eating healthier, and trying to get in all my food groups. Completely avoid spicy foods, and stay away from stress. Avoid anything that upsets her, and try to keep her calm as much as possible, because stress/ any sort of anxiety, such as meeting new/ unfamiliar people was all it took to trigger this for me. If she has this again, try to give her something she likes to eat, keep her calm, bathe her in mild-cool water/milk bath (do NOTuse warm or warm-hot water, it will make it spread). Baby poweder helped me a bit, and also, if it ever hurts or starts to swell, use ice packs, wrapped in a thin towel so it won't be too cold or irritate her skin. Make sure she gets more water than most other kids, and that she drinks milk or just has enough protein. Get her tested for any allergies she may have... and if possible, see if there's any allergy medication for her age. If not, then let her have vitamin gummies that she can take once or twice a day. Do not use any detergents that are overly scented. Do your best to keep it 'oder free' type detergents, because my skin is just now BEGINNING  to tolerate any type of perfume or scented things without it irritating my skin with rashes. As for clothing, try to buy her only soft fabrics, preferrably 100% cotton/silky, nothing too rough/scratchy/woolen/too much static.

    I think that's about all I can say to help. Avoid spicy, be active, eat healthy, vitamins, keep her calm (or at least able to manage stress). Good luck!

  16. artist101 profile image56
    artist101posted 11 years ago

    An immunoligist can tell you what she is allergic to, especially if it is a food allergy. It is never the first peanut, it is always the 15. Common food allergies include milk, eggs, soy, wheat, and peanuts, in children. My son had a similar problem, but it was penicillin. I am not a doctor, so therefore I cannot say, But a throat culture to rule out infection, would be an option also. Did she go out to play say in the grass, was there any pesticides sprayed, or fertilizer, that she may have come into contact with? These are the things to ask yourself. I truly feel for you, and hope that she is feeling better now.

  17. Diana Lee profile image81
    Diana Leeposted 11 years ago

    Benadryl usually does work on most any allergy problem, but it does take time especially if the causing factor is still in your system.

    Does she drink much milk?  Cows eat mostly green grass this time of year, even with the milk being cooked it could cause a reaction to some people.

  18. Parksie profile image61
    Parksieposted 11 years ago

    It's sometimes hard to figure out what is causing the allergic reaction. Make sure you read my featured hub on anaphylaxis. They thought mine was food related and it turned out to be a medicine I was taking.... Hope you find out the cause!

  19. Claims-Advice profile image60
    Claims-Adviceposted 11 years ago

    I've seen similar on babies from detergents. Poor thing! Hope you get it sorted.

  20. AlexandraMorris profile image59
    AlexandraMorrisposted 11 years ago

    Sorry you have to go through this, i hope you find out the answer soon. As for the mold it is possible to have an allergic reaction. I am extremely allergic to mold,when i was younger i would break out in hives. Also had constant respiratory problems along with eye infections and rashes. It is a good idea to have your house checked, because even if you don't see it, it could still be there. You are going to have to take your child to a pediatrician to get to your problem though. They are able to run more tests than the hospital, also they can prescribe better medicine.

    Another possibility could be if your washing your clothes with fabric softener or changed your laundry detergent your baby could be having an reaction. Hope this helps and good luck!

  21. miss1magination profile image68
    miss1maginationposted 11 years ago

    Poor girl, did you find out what she has? My sister has a psoriasis skin condition looks familiar is it itchy and looks like a rash all over the body.

    1. artist101 profile image56
      artist101posted 11 years agoin reply to this

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    2. miss1magination profile image68
      miss1maginationposted 11 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you artist101.

    3. artist101 profile image56
      artist101posted 11 years agoin reply to this

      You are welcome, I hope the d3 helps your sister.

  22. trueblog profile image56
    trueblogposted 11 years ago

    I use to have the same when i was small. Its probably caused of dust pollution . I mean he must be allergic to dust pollution .   Or might be cause of eating mushrooms

  23. profile image0
    Courtney Burkeposted 11 years ago

    If it gets worse in the sun, it could be fifth disease. A doctor may overlook that possibility because a sunlight-triggered rash is a fifth-disease symptom that usually only occurs in adults. Children tend to get a bright red "slapped cheek" appearance on their face instead.

    If not, she may have a mineral allergy. I have a limestone allergy, and I get a similar rash if my skin is wet and I come in contact with anything containing limestone, such as concrete. My first rash occurred when I was three.

    If they suspected an unknown virus, the hospital would have run extensive blood work to protect themselves from liability rather than sending you home to accidentally start an epidemic. I think it is most likely a skin irritation caused by repeated contact with something.

  24. mommabear07 profile image60
    mommabear07posted 11 years ago

    Well, to me, since my child and I have problems with our skin, It looks like an allergic reaction.  Even though your child hasn't done anything different as far as food, soap etc,  people can develop allergies to things that they do eat and put on their bodies regularly.  Unfortunately you kid is only 18 months old and a lot of times doctors won't do allergy testing until they are a little older.

  25. Trish303 profile image73
    Trish303posted 11 years ago

    Just because there is nothing new at home dose not mean her or someone in the house has not come in contact with something she has issues with. Has your next door neighbor used something new in his yard or to kill bugs that wind could have bought in your yard this can be tracked into your home even if she dose not go outside to play. How about work any new cleaning stuff. or while shopping did she sit in a buggy and so on. My son gets rash like that from bleach and everyone cleans with bleach.

  26. kolina10 profile image57
    kolina10posted 11 years ago

    Thyme is the right medicine for allergic boiling in water and then leave it a few Kmada my Fouta
    Then to sleep ... my healing hands of God Created Go

  27. profile image52
    Money4RealEstateposted 11 years ago

    I had something similar and the doctor gave me an ointment with Ketoconazole. Check with your doctor to see if this is appropriate.


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