Reaction to eggs?

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  1. Jajis

    Jajis Well-Known Member

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    Son had scrambled eggs for breakfast this morning, and almost immediately afterwards both his thighs came up in a massive, bumpy red rash. The photos aren't great as he was being a bit wriggly :roll: The rash has gone down now, it's not massive and bumpy any more, but it's definitely still there - just a slightly raised red rash now. He didn't have any other symptoms except maybe being slightly red around the mouth, but nothing particularly noticeable (could just have been from him rubbing his face), certainly not like it showed up on his legs. I wondered whether it was so bad on his legs because he was feeding the eggs to himself and rubbed loads of it all over his thighs as he was sat in his highchair without trousers on... :roll:

    He's had eggs a couple of times before, but I know that allergies don't always present themselves the first couple of times so I guess it is possible.

    Just wanted to see if others think it looks like an allergic reaction or something else, and whether it sounds likely? I'm going to ring the GP tomorrow just in case but I imagine she'll just say that it 'might be an allergy' and that we should avoid egg from now on.
     
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    Ooh. Gosh. Just seen this. I have no idea, hun, but from what you say it seems likely to be a reaction to the eggs. It's a fairly common allergy amongst babies, but a lot of people find it's pure eggs that are the problem, rather than eggs in things, like cake, for example.

    What did your GP say? xxx
     
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    Jajis Well-Known Member

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    Thanks :) I've been having a look and it does seem quite quite common, and apparently lots of kids grow out of it eventually.

    The GP said that we have two options:

    1) He has a blood test at the hospital and they test that and give results on a scale of 1-5 of how much he reacts to them - but she said it's obviously not a nice procedure, and often (particularly in LOs with eczema) it'll come back mid-range which isn't very helpful. She said it might come back high, in which case it'd just mean avoiding eggs for a period before trying him again.

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    2) Because it wasn't a 'severe' reaction (he didn't have any breathing problems with it) we could just try giving him eggs again and see whether he has the same reaction. If he does then we do as above and avoid them, and if he doesn't then we look for other causes for the rash.

    Argh, it's good in a way, because she did take it seriously, and she said to think about it and if we want to do the blood test just to ring her back at any time and she'll arrange it, but I hate being given decisions to make :shakehead:

    I don't want to put him through a blood test if it's not really necessary, but equally, I don't really want to give him eggs again just in case he does react again but worse this time, as I'm sure I read that reactions some times get worse the second time?! Although the GP didn't seem to think this was likely so I suppose it's okay :eh:
     
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    Layla has many reactions inc egg,the blood tests don't always show reaction I was told to give her 1 tsp of the food she was reacting to,to gauge how bad reaction is x
     
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    That's pretty much what the GP said. I'm leaning towards trying him with them again, but going to wait until OH is home as well as me in case he does have a reaction again. Argh, but what if he had a worse reaction, I'd never forgive myself?! Whereas I probably can forgive myself for the pain of a blood test as he won't remember that for very long but it might not be very helpful. Hmmm... I'm bad enough at making decisions for me, let alone when he is involved :wall2:

    However, I really do need to do something because he's off to nursery at the end of August and obviously I need to be able to tell them if he is allergic to them.
     
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    I wouldn't try again any day soon to be honest.
    To me this reaction is pretty bad as it covers like 1/3 of his body.
    With some allergies the effect is even worst with each exposure to the allergen and I wouldn't want to find out if that's the case or not especially in a baby that has an allergy history (eczema)
    How old is he?

    Eggs are pretty famous or serious allergies so I would be inclined to leave it for a while and then either try it in a couple of months in a medical facility, like a French toast while you wait for a GP appointment or get the test done an if any positive avoid egg white for a long while and try to reintroduce again when little one is older
     
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    Sorry pressed send too fast

    When i introduced eggs i did it having adrenaline ready at home as Amelie had also eczema and comes from a family with allergies.
    Obviously that's a little different as I am a doctor but if she had an allergy like that to the egg she wouldn't have seen egg again until at least 1 and in tiny doses and then we would reconsider out options.
     
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    My friend at toddlers had this the other day with her LO. He came up in a rash straight away. She's just avoiding eggs with him, he already has eczema which is bad and this has made it worse. X

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    My little one has a cows milk protein allergy, so is totally allergic to dairy and eggs in any form, and because I'm still breast feeding, I have to avoid it also - harder than you'd think as milk in some form is in loads of stuff :(

    Anyway, if it helps, this is what my little man looks like when he reacts.





    He has quite a severe reaction to dairy and egg, but unlike you, I had a fight with my doctor to get him referred to the paediatrician, who eventually did skin prick tests to confirm. He is now under the paediatrician, the nutritionist, and the dermatologist as he also has bad eczema due to his allergies :(.

    Sorry, bit of a waffle there, but yes it looks like an allergic reaction to me hunni.x



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    Does look like an allergic reaction my sons allergic to nuts but his looks like big bites when he gets them. It's true the allergy won't show up first time. I got told that a blood test can show a positive result to an allergy but won't show how severe! We're trying to get him referred as he didn't actually swallow the nut to get the rash but they're saying there's no need.

    What medication did you get for your children's allergies?
     
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    Thank you so much for all this Hope, it's so helpful :)

    Okay, I think that's made up my mind about giving him eggs again - I was sure that I'd heard that reactions could be worse the next time, and my Mum said the same when I spoke to her about it, but our GP just dismissed it? He'll be 11 months tomorrow, and sadly I've had eczema since I was a baby so it was always quite likely that he'd have it too. Our GP did say when she saw him for his eczema that we should keep an eye out for allergic reactions. At one point she thought he was allergic to dairy (this was pre-weaning so it was me that had to cut out the cheese etc), but in the end she decided that he probably wasn't.

    Our GP surgery is only a five minute walk from our house so I did think that maybe I could cook him some egg and then go and feed it to him in the waiting room, as at least then they'd be very close if he did react badly.

    I think I might ring the GP back and ask a bit more about the test, because at least that can't make it any worse. Worst case scenario is that he hates me for a while, and that the results are inconclusive and don't help, but at least there's no chance of breathing problems...
     
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    Yeah, his rash had appeared before we got him out of his highchair so I guess it appeared pretty much straight away. His eczema was pretty much under control, but it does seem to be flaring up so I guess this might be why.
     
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    Thank you :)

    Our GP decided back in January that he might have a dairy allergy and that it might be the cause of his eczema - I'm breastfeeding too so I had a month of no dairy before she decided that actually it probably wasn't that. Almost drove me mad as like you say it's in so many things, but obviously did it as would try anything to get rid of his eczema! I'm still breastfeeding a couple of times a day now so I guess I should avoid eggs and stuff with egg products in until we know more.

    Sorry to hear that you had to fight with your doctor - it's so stupid that different doctors have such different attitudes - ours didn't even want to see him ( :shock: ) just said over the phone that it did sound like an allergy, that he was at higher risk because of his eczema, and that we could have the blood test if we wanted. Have to say I think she's mad though, a few months ago I had tonsillitis and went to see her - she said no point in antibiotics as it's probably viral etc. - rang up a couple of weeks ago for tonsillitis again and she prescribed them over the phone 'because you sounded miserable' and said they'd be at reception for me to collect :shock: Glad you got the help your son needed in the end, hope his eczema improves :(
     
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    Yeah, his rash was lumpier and bumpier than the picture really showed. Our GP suggested that it would show the severity on a scale of 1-5, but did say that it might not be that helpful. Hope you manage to get your son referred :)
     
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    Thanks he got referred for something else and that dr said he had slight eczema so get him referred to an allergy specialist went back to the drs and told basically no! So not sure what else to do if they just say no! I've got asthma and oh had hay fever which they know also my cousins are allergic to nuts and milk and say he might need an epipen when his older but surely if he needs one then he'll need one now?! It's just he starts preschool in sept and its there I can't control what they give him!x
     
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    I'm sure I read something that said they don't normally give epipens out until a certain age except for in rare cases, but unhelpfully I'm afraid I can't remember why, or what age it was - sorry!

    I guess you can tell the preschool everything you know, so that at least they are aware that there might be issues, and you can ask them not to let him eat anything you know causes a reaction.
     
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    His rash still hadn't completely gone away yesterday, so I booked an appointment with the GP today. Then this morning when he was having his breakfast (no eggs this time obviously) it suddenly got worse again, and looked like it had on Sunday morning :eh:

    Anyway, took him along to the GP and she's referred him to have a blood test at the hospital, going to check for both eggs and dairy, but she said it could be a while before he actually gets the appointment.
     
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