The crab is still the working theory for Toby's first 'bout of hives. Yes, I said first bout. That was the first week of July. On the last week of July, on Thursday afternoon I noticed more hive spots. He had definitely not eaten anything unusual that day. He did go outside right after I mowed the lawn, but I'm sure this has happened before. I didn't notice any bug bites.
Nope, not a lot of clues and the ones I have aren't adding up.
Thankfully it ended up being a much milder case. We didn't even go into the pediatrician this time, but I did give him Benadryl and called in and they recommended we keep an epi pen on hand. Nice in theory but when Kevin went to pick it up he discovered it cost $170 and expires in November. Not an option for us.
It ran it's course in three days (same as before, but not as ugly through the stages) and then he looked clear Sunday and Monday. He did however develop a runny nose and high fever Saturday night/Sunday monring. Hives related? I have no idea.
Then yesterday/Tuesday... Well, look above.
Is this the same case that started last week and it never really went away?
Is this another new case because he's suddenly allergic to everything?
Is there a mean nasty bug living in his room, hiding in his mattress that's causing this?
Anyone have any advice on starting an elimination diet? I feel like I should do this and keep a food journal, but I kinda need a clean skin slate before I can start, right?
My other plan is to clean his room top to bottom and bug bomb it.
The good news is... no swelling with these last bouts.
Also, it's not quite as bad as it looks in the picture - the warm tub water made it brighten.
No breathing problems. No scratching. Just mysterious skin ugliness.
Oh and I've had people ask if I've changed his soap or anything and suggest I switch to fragrance free products. I already use fragrance free shampoos for the kids (I'm A Burt's Bees girl for their products.) and use fragrance free detergent and no drier sheets. But the bar soap in their bathroom is some random thing I bought and he was biting it on Thursday when it started.
So Toby needs to stop eating crab and soap.
That's the best I got.
I welcome your theories...