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Running nose, has eczema, sore throat. On tylenol, amoxicillin. Is it an allergy from medicines or due to teething?

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I have an 11 month old who has had a runny nose (clear whitish fluid) for over a month now. I am assuming it's an allergy but he eats everything now and I don't want to eliminate everything without eliminating all his daily nutrients. I have a hunch its pears but when I cut them out for a week plus a few months back he still had a rash ect...
Just to give you some history he has eczema on his cheeks, shoulders and arms that is redder some days than others. When I give him bananas he gets a rash on his belly or on the back of his neck so we have stayed away from that as I know it's an allergy but everything else he eats is not causing a rash???? He is majorly teething could that be it? In the last month he has also had a high fever out of the blue for part of the night...I give him tylenol and it goes away, I am clueless here can you help me please. Also he just finished Amoxicillan (antibiotic) for some white patches he had on the back of his throat last week, I took him to our physician and she suspected he had a sore throat like I did and we were both given why the fever and why his fingers crammed down his throat we just finished the medication yesterday it can't be an ear infection as that would have cleared up with the same antibiotic...sorry for the novel.
If he is allergic to a particular food that we can't figure out as I have gone back to one on one introduction 3 months ago and still couldn't figure it out what can happen to him? I am assuming the eczema is from an allergy plus he is quite ofter rubbing his face and nose after meals sometimes and a few hours later. He is generally super happy and playful and always smiling except on the days with the really red cheeks and runny nose he is pretty miserable. We do not smoke and we have no pets and my house is better than averag clean. If we can't figure out which food it is can he get really sick internally???? What can medically happen to him...I spoke to my family doctor about allergy testing but she said he is too young. He has a little bit of purple under his eyes but nothing like the allergic shiners you see on some kids and like I said no distinct rash (like when he eats bananas) his face is way redder on some days than others but that is when he is teething....It's so hard, I love him so much and I feel so bad because I can't help him
Posted Tue, 8 May 2012 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar 1 hour later

Thanks for the query and the detailed history

Recurrent episodes of running nose in children are usually attributed to enlargement of the adenoids (a fleshy mass of lymphoid tissue present behind the nose). But, it can also be seen in those children suffering from allergic rhinitis.

Your history says, that the child is having eczema as well as allergy to banana, which means the child is susceptible to some sort of allergens. In this case, the running nose could be mainly because of nasal allergy and partly due to the enlargement of the enlarged adenoids.

It is indeed difficult to treat allergy as there is no particular drug which can cure allergy, but certain preventive measures can definitely give some relief from the allergy. I would suggest the following:
•     Changing of pillow covers and bed spread every night before going to sleep
•     Avoid laying the child directly below the fan or in front of the blower of the air conditioner.
•     Encourage him to drink plenty of warm water (to keep him hydrated) and warm liquids
•     Use saline nasal spray (for nasal decongestion)
•     A short course of oral steroids (for reduction of allergic symptoms) usually gives some relief from the nasal discharge. However, these are prescription drugs which can be obtained after you consult your treating physician.
•     Keep the house warm.

I hope I have answered your query. I will be available for the further follow-up queries.

Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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