Friday, June 22, 2012

Allergies

About two months ago, Trevor developed a rash. He had round, dry patches all over and his whole body was extremely dry. I kept calling it scaly skin like a lizard. We figured it was something that would go away. After it stuck around for a few weeks, we made a doctors appointment. She said it was eczema. We were instructed to bathe him as little as possible, use Aveeno lotion and she prescribed a hydro cortisone creme for the patches. It cleared up after a few days.


THEN, he developed another rash. This time, it was different. It was red and itchy. One day I put Eucerin calming itch cream on it and it burned him like crazy. After that, I made another appointment with the pediatrician. He said it appeared environmental and would go away. Try not to let him itch..

WELL, it never went away. It got worse. WAY worse. One night, he kept itchy and bleeding and I was worried he would have a more serious reactions, so we went to the ER. They prescribed him a steroid and instructed us to see his doc (DUH!)..

I had Trevor's 2.5 year well visit scheduled and decided I would demand a referral to a specialist. I racked my brain to think if we had changed anything that would irritate him. Nothing. We went to the visit with many photos on my phone of how bad the rash had gotten. It granted us a rush referral to an allergist who we met with 3 days later.

Trevor had to do the scratch test. They made a grid on his back and poked him 11 times with different allergens. He was a trooper. He didn't mind the first few, but by the end, he was screaming. He had to sit shirtless for 20 minutes to monitor the reactions. The doc came in and announced. He is allergic to trees and grass.

TREES AND GRASS? AKA A 2 YEAR OLDS ENTIRE WORLD!?!

We couldn't believe it. She made us a huge checklist of what to do to make him more comfortable. We left the appointment overwhelmed and sad for our boy. 

She prescribed a strong antihistamine he takes twice a day. He also takes a singular chew-able tablet at night. We give him daily baths/showers. (The opposite of what we were doing before, which was making it worse!) Were supposed to keep the windows shut and air on. His sheets should be washed in extremely hot water. He needs a different pillow. Trevor should wear loose, cotton clothing.-She actually said preferably inside out, but, come on! 

He is pretty much irritated 24/7. He cleared up 100% from the steroid. Sadly, it only lasted a few days and its was back. His eyes get huge bags and look swollen at times. His back and chest get red bumps. The creases of his arms are a big problem and he itches like crazy. We feel so bad for him! It affects his mood tremendously. He will act out and I get mad but then look at him and think how uncomfortable he must be!

We had a follow up appointment and there's not much else we can do. How I wish there was a miracle shot or something to make him better! Honestly, I don't notice much of a difference when we stay inside. I mean, its summer. Were out. At the beach, in the yard, we are outside most days. I cant keep my boy from growing up normal. I can only try to make him feel okay. 

I am really hoping this is the worst it'll ever be. We had a very mild winter with little snow. We had an early spring/summer. The pollen is out of control! I am crossing my fingers we can keep him comfortable through the summer and next year it wont be an issue! He is also likely to have other allergies, so we will watch him closely.

I love my little man and am sad he has to deal with this. Yet, I cant help but be thankful for his overall health and remember how lucky we are!


15 comments:

Lindsay said...

I'm also very allergic to trees (thankfully not grass), among other things. Has anyone recommended allergy shots yet? He may not be old enough yet, but they've made a WORLD of difference for me. I'm finally off all my medications!

Lindsay Loo said...

Poor Trevor! Did the doctor mention that he may grow out of it? I was allergic to grass when I was younger, but not anymore!

Mrs. V said...

Poor guy! We have to give our daughter baby Zyrtec every day because she has severe allergies. I hope the doctors are able to come up with a better solution so that Trevor can be more comfortable soon!

Amanda said...

I cannot imagine how terrible that must be for him and you. My son has been on Zyrtec since he was just a few months old for allergies but his are not a severe. Thankfully. Some encouragement for you though. My husband as a child was tested because of symptoms and was allergic to trees, grass, dust, eggs and many other things. His parents had him on allergy shots for a while but the trauma of the shot for him was horrible and they eventually just stopped them. He outgrew the allergy before he was out of grade school. Today he has none of these allergies and though the rest of us suffer when the trees, pollen & mold counts elevate here in the piney east Texas woods, my husband only has a slight allergy attack (itchy nose, eyes) once every few years and it is minor. Prayers for Trevor that this will be the case for him.

Bridget said...

Ah geez. What you just described sounds EXACTLY like my son. Same dr appt, same allergies, same meds, allergies that present in excema. He is almost 5 and we have been dealing with it since he was two. It has gotten a little better, but it's still a constant in our lives. It is no fun and I felt the same heartbreak that I imagine you do. I do my best with what I have to work with and follow the doctors advice, but I refuse to trap him inside for his childhood. When he starts to flare, I try to be more careful and obsessive with the treatments. Other that that, I let him be a boy. Good luck to you.

Veronica said...

Poor guy!
I have bad allergies as well. I took EVERY SINGLE over the counter and prescribtion medication to get relief from my seasonal allergies. Nothing really helped. Now I take a table spoon of raw local honey (must be local and must be raw)a day year round. If I have any allergy symptoms I take a extra spoonful. It really helps-but does take time for it to build up in the system. You could also do this as well as have him on the medication.

Shelly Powers said...

My son is allergic to grass too and he is a very active playing all sports 9 year old... We found out when he was 5 bc he kept a sinus infection! So I guess his is more internal whereas Trevor's is external! We give him Zyrtec once a day and Flonase nose spray. Singular did not work for us. They have chewable Zyrtec he used in the beginning but now he swallows the pill! Just a thought you might want to check with your dr. I also found that his works better giving it to at night instead of morning! Hopefully once you get his levels up he will be better! It is no fun for sure!

Allison said...

Poor Trev! That's an awful thing for a little boy to be allergic to! Hopefully he will grow out of it. :(

Bren said...

Poor guy! What an awful thing to be allergic too.

Allyson said...

Keep a close watch with him on Singulair. I was on it for asthma and it cause nightmares and depression...went off it and was totally fine. I mentioned it to a friend, whose 4 year old son had just started it. They had noticed him becoming very aggressive. Took him off of it and he was back to normal.

Also, have you considered immunotherapy injections? He might be a bit young now, but you might want to consider it for the future. I ad the skin patch test done and they tested for 80 different things, and I had reactions to (I think) 63 of them. Crazy! After going through the shots, I no longer need to take anything on a daily basis.

Unknown said...

Erin, try using Singular and Claritan during the day. My daughter has terrible allergies and asthma induced allergies also. It took the Dr's and us 4 yrs to finally get the right combo. A low dose of Claritan and the singular worked. Since we started that combo, she isn't needing her Albuterol inhaler 3-4 times a days.

Stace said...

Oh, no. Poor Trevor, I'm heartbroken for him. I hope he's feeling okay. Luckily he has an amazing Mama to help him get through it. xo

Kahla said...

Chase is allergic to over 27 trees/grasses/pollens, etc and has eczema. His back looked horrible! However, we live in the piney woods, so what do you do? In fact, the only section he did have a reaction to was animals. I will say that as he has gotten older, it's gotten better. We found that the chewable tablets do not work as well as the liquid (which is weird) and as for the other stuff, it really didn't make that big of a difference. He takes an inhaler, allergy meds, and flonase daily right now, but usually we can back off some in the winter. Maybe that will happen with Trevor too? Good luck and hang in there!

Shannon said...

I agree with those that said to try allergy shots. My husband is allergic to 38 out of 52 trees and grasses that they tested him for. He started on the shots and now has no allergy problems as long as he goes once a month to get his maintenance shot. It is amazing the difference in him and his lifestyle now. He still can't mow the grass or be outside when it is being mowed, but otherwise he can do any outdoor activity without problems. Hope you can find someone willing to do it for Trevor also...our allergist will start at 3. Hugs momma...you are doing the best you can!

jenn said...

My son is almost 7 and is allergic to all things environment including animals...but not horses. We go to our Childrens Hospital here in DES Moines. He sees an allergy dr there. Our regime includes 1/2 Zrytec in the am and other half pm, and flonase. My son develops the croup when he gets a cold because of his allergies. Trevor's skin sounds just like my son, the ONLY cream that has worked for us is Vanicream, it is made by the Mayo Clinic. They make a bath oil called Robathanol that we use daily, they make sunscreen, shampoo and bar
soap. Costco here has it and it is actually cheaper than the evil Eucerin :) It has been a miracle for us!!