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Allergy to varicella vaccine - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   GOOD AFTERNOON, I HAVE A 15 MONTH OLD SON WHO RECEIVED HIS VARICELLA VACCINATION (MERCK) LAST TUESDAY. HE IS G6PD AND HAS ALLERGIES TO SULFA DRUGS AND TROLAMINE SALICYCLATE. HE'S DEVELOPED SEVERAL (
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Doctor :   Give me moment let me read your query
User :   Hi and thank you
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Its common for some children to develop low grade fever
Doctor :   Are you sure the red spots appeared after vaccination
Doctor :   Is your child allergic to Neomycin, gealtin?
Doctor :   Because reactions to varicella vaccine are pretty rare, unless they have the above allergies
User :   Absolutely. The first 2 appeared on each forearm last Wednesday evening. From then on, every day he's developed different spots. One behind his ear Thursday, 3 on his & 3 on his face in front of the same ear Sunday, and today 4 on his legs and knees. ..."Because reactions to varicella vaccine are pretty rare, unless they have the above allergies"...not that I know of.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is the child restless? irritable?
User :   He is very restless and irritable without Ibuprofen every 6 hours.
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Because if it chicken pox then symptoms will start only after 14 days
Doctor :   So most probably he has developed a kind of allergic reaction to the vaccine
User :   At night he's coughing very bad and breaths out of his mouth because his nose is very congested. During the day his cough diminshed greatly and his nose switches to runny.
Doctor :   Is the child having any difficulty breathing
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Is he getting any nasal decongestants
User :   No i haven't given him anything besides Ibuprofen
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   When are you to meet your primary
User :   I've been awaiting her return call since about 9am
Doctor :   As said he would require examination by a doctor to confirm the findings
Doctor :   There are various types of bumps which can be identified only visual examination
Doctor :   And he will also require Anti allergic drugs to
Doctor :   Is he facing any difficulty in taking feeds, does he complain difficulty swalloing?
Doctor :   Most common are burning, stinging, pain or redness at the injection site, mild fever. Also reported include cough, irritability, headache, loss of appetite and fatigue
User :   Nope, no other sympotms
Doctor :   But rashes are very rare hence get him examined by PCP ASAP
Doctor :   Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
Doctor :   Wishing him a speedy recovery
User :   Thank you very much
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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