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Childhood-diseases

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Posted by: mom | 2004/11/08

Q.

Allergen tests

Dear Doc

After diagnosing my baby (who is now 18-months old) with a diary allergy causing eczema and ear problems, we put her onto a Soya formula. This stopped the ear infections cold and she's been fine except for worsening eczema. Recently however, with the onset of spring and some construction behind our complex, she has been breaking out in itchy bumps (white on red skin not unlike mosquito bites). I realise that this is an allergic reaction as I usually give her some Allergix and apply calamine lotion to soothe the skin - combined these help - but the attacks are getting worse.
Going to the pead. has resulted in endless cortisone creams, which I believe thins the skin and I really would like to find the cause instead of just treating the symptoms.
What should I do now? Book a dermatologist or where do I go to have allergies tested - can I have her tested or should I wait until she's older?
Please help as I really would like to ease her discomfort. Thank you.

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

What you describe sounds like papular urticaria (itchy red bumps). This is caused by an allergic reaction to a whole host of insect bites and it is nearly impossible to eliminate the cause. Most children grow out of it and the treatment is usually only symptomatic. If there is a specific insect, like a mosquito, that is the most likely candidate one can take precautions to avoid being bitten. Luckily the application of a MILD steroid cream to these itchy spots do give symptomatic relief and the side-effects, if used only when needed on the body and not the face, are really negligible.

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