Posted 6/8/2007 8:21 PM (GMT -7)
I agree, the doc is the best place to start and if you can't get a good answer and testing done, you might need a second opinion. I get rashes frequently and remember that things like laundry soap, medications, and foods are also suspects. My med rashes have ranged from hives all over to scaly stuff under my armpits, to almost poison ivy type rash. Also, some people have problems with celiac disease--allergic to gluten in wheat, and milk and dairy--lactose intolerance. You might try limiting some of these things on a test by test basis and see if they help. Not everybody gets all the symptoms of these problems and they do go along with other diseases. As for the bug bite rash, is it like big bites or like goosebump size, it might be more of a dry skin issue. A dermatologist might be much more help with the skin issues. I went to one recently and found they are much more open to testing and diagnosing rashes than a regular doc. I think they can bx the rashes to show they are discoid, this might give you something to bring to the school so they know. Also, dermatologists are really up to date on the latest stuff to put on the rashes and all. The drug Effexor gave me an itchless bug bite type rash and it took me a long time to figure out that it was a drug allergy and I wondered what was biting me. Also, liver enzyme levels and esinophils can help the docs determine if you children are having allergic reactions and if possibly some meds they are on are too strong and possibly causing them. Skin testing by an allergist can check for environmental allergens and stuff, like over 500 things. Did they prescribe an antihistamine like benedryl and or a cream to help with the rashes, since they said they were allergies? Sometimes, I have to get a shot of cortisone to shake me out of it, if it is an allergy. Sounds like you have alot of questions that only the docs can answer. I'm sorry that you and your children are going through this and I wish you the best. I'm trying to think of things that trigger these rashes and I do remember that sometimes in the spring our water gets really soft and I have trouble with the soap not getting washed out of the clothes really well. I don't know if you've been through all this, but you might have to do a little investigating on this stuff to see. I wish you all the best.
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