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doswald8
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   Posted 2/25/2009 8:21 AM (GMT -7)   
I have a step daughter who stays at our house only on Friday nights.  For the last couple of months she wakes up Sat morning with what look like large mosquito bites in random places.  One week she'll have a couple on her face, the next its her ankle.  Seven other people sleep in this house and have never had any of these bumps.  All the kids like to camp out on the floor in our living room, so sometimes she sleeps on the couch, sometimes the floor, sometimes the futon.  We've found no signs of bugs, all the cats are treated, she's been to an allergist and we've come up with nothing.  She didn't stay last weekend and had no bumps.  It only happens at our house on Friday nights.  I'm having two different exterminators coming tomorrow to inspect the place but they said they doubt they'll find anything if there have been no signs of pest and no one else is getting "bit."  Has anyone else ever had this problem?  I'm desperate and ANY info would be helpful.

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   Posted 2/25/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -7)   
They can be spider bites. Now is the time of year when spiders come out of hiding and you may not even see them. Maybe she is more sensitive to their bites then others. Once in a while my husband will wake up with bites but I don't and we assume it's from spiders. This is just a suggestion but you might want to throw a bug bomb in the house.
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doswald8
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   Posted 2/25/2009 8:49 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the suggestion.  We bug bombed the house 2 weeks ago and she actually woke up with more than usual that weekend.

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   Posted 2/25/2009 9:50 AM (GMT -7)   
Bed bug bites perhaps?

http://bedbugger.com/bed-bug-bites-photos/
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doswald8
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   Posted 2/25/2009 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thought of that but only if so she's the only one in the room that they find "tasty." There are always other kids sleeping in the room and she is still the only one who gets bumps. I'm wondering if it's possible that it could be stress related or psychosomatic somehow. We got engaged around the same time these bumps started appearing. She's never shown any signs that she's upset by us dating but these are so random and specific to only her. And they only occur when she spends the night.

Red_34
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   Posted 2/25/2009 1:03 PM (GMT -7)   
How old is your step-daughter?
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doswald8
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   Posted 2/25/2009 2:15 PM (GMT -7)   
She just turned 10 in January.  She's an only child (and only grandchild) on her mom's side.  She comes here and she has a half-brother and 4 future step siblings, plus whatever random friends happen to be hanging out.  She's here a couple evenings during the week with no problem.  The bumps only occur when she sleeps here and just started showing up this fall.

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   Posted 2/25/2009 3:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Maybe she's allergic to the laundry soap used to wash the bedsheets? Or some cleaner used out in the livingroom (wouldn't see an allergy reaction if she's only there short time & not laying on the floor/sofa)? Bug bombs don't kill all bugs, so may need to put repellant on her at bedtime and see if it helps...Neem (an herb) and Vitamin B1 are two things she can take internally (check w/ pharmacist & MD's first) to help repel biting insects/spiders. Also, maybe the others aren't allergic to dust mites and she might be? Has she been tested for allergies? Just brainstorming...
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doswald8
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   Posted 2/26/2009 9:09 AM (GMT -7)   
We've ruled out laundry detergent (her mom uses the exact same kind). I had an exterminator inspect the house today and he found no signs of any bugs (checked for fleas, spiders, bed bugs, etc.). I have avoided using any carpet cleaners or other products that aren't absolutely necessary. She's in contact with all the same stuff throughout the week and has no problem on those days. I'm focusing now on the possibility that it's psycosomatic and that it somehow is stressing her out lately to sleep over. Anyone know or heard of anything like that? And how do you treat something like that?

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   Posted 2/26/2009 10:59 AM (GMT -7)   
If you feel that it's pychosomatic then maybe you should consider taking her to a therapist to help her resolve any issues she may have. The body is a mystery that is for sure and it can do many strange things. Even children can have some issues that need to be dealt with and because of her age, she may not be able to properly put into words what is bothering her. She may not even know that something is wrong herself and maybe her body is just reacting to it by producing these welts - sort of to get the attention that she craves. I wish we could be more of a help to you. I know how frustrating these things can be.
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doswald8
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   Posted 2/26/2009 4:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I guess it's been decided that her mother will make an appointment with a dermatologist for a Monday and we'll have her stay that weekend. Hopefully the bumps will appear and the specialist can see them when they are fresh. Thank you all for all of your input. It's been much appreciated!

SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 2/28/2009 12:29 AM (GMT -7)   
It can be allergies, bed bugs, spiders, detergents, dermatology, OR a rare disease called Chronic Hives. Advise, take pictures for evidence to show the doctors! Document when she has them, what she's wearing, drink/eat before bed, what kind of fabric is on bedding, on her, etc.
 
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Katii
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   Posted 5/3/2009 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Hello, well ive bin looking for a cure or something for these welt things i keep getting and what i keep getting some a heck of a lot like your 10 year old step daughter, i am 14 years of age.  Like your s daughter it only happens when i go to a certain place; my friends house, its wierd and it just started happening when i spent the week there during spring break.  I was bad when i first got it and they were mainly on my hips and lower back, arms, chest, and neck.  I got them again but its bin over a month and i ididnt sleep over this time i was there till like 1 and they appeared the next day.  While i was sitting down i was really twitchy well because i was worried about the things that were biting me and i would scratche if i felt like there was something on me, it kinda felt like there was but i think it mgiht have bin me worrying about.  Then next day today its worse, i have it on both arms and it looks horrible i got it on the back of my left arm and it starts above my right boob and goes all the way to the back of my neck. i have a few on my right leg on a few on my hands I thought they were like spider bites and imnot sure if there not but they look like mosquito but harder and now there red.  It kinda looks like an alergic reaction but i dont know what id be alergic to, they are extremely itchy and annoying.  In two days im going on this fieldtrip with my class and were going swimming, i dont want to have them when im in a bikini infront of my whole grade.  cry
Could you let me know what it was she had. Im going to go crazy.
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SmurfyShadow
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   Posted 5/4/2009 4:34 AM (GMT -7)   
I just saw you had cats. Tested her for cats? Flees? Pollens? According to my allergist, on my test he said my main allergy was bees, but I had a small reaction to pollen, cats, dogs, dust, molds. I break into welch hives after my maltese dog goes outside. The only time I can hold her is if she is straight from a groomer. The only thing we can think of is that the pet dander, pollen, dust combinded on her fur when I pet her or hold her is enough to make me break out. It took us 20 years to figure out my welch hives. Also, growing up and I still do, I break out with fresh mowed grass but its ok if its not freshly mowed. Has to be all the stuff in the air is enough of her minor allergies to come out to trigger to a reaction even though it shouldnt like me and the dog. ALso, consider testing her for food and drink allergies.
 
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Iggy
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   Posted 5/4/2009 8:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I had chronic hives for decades until age 55 when I developed asthma, then the hives went away. When I learned that I could largely control the asthma with acupuncture, the hives returned. Now I need to ask my acupuncturist if he can help my hives. Medical docs aren't much help with hives unless you're willing to take cortisone injections.

I'm also considering helminthic (hookworm) therapy.

butterfly0000000
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   Posted 5/6/2009 3:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Any possible way she may be eating or drinking somthing different? Maybe a treat you are giving her that she wouldnt normally have? Maybe a caffeine allergy?
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