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Why is my toddler having crawling sensation all over his body with loose stools?

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My 18 year old son has been having an itchy and crawling sensation all over his body for the past 2 weeks in addition he is experiencing loose bowels. He also has mild headaches at times.
Posted Thu, 23 Jan 2014 in Child Health
Answered by Dr. Arun 1 hour later
Brief Answer: See below Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for writing to health care magic. These are the probabilities I would consider based on your description. 1 . Food allergy. Itching of skin with loose stools indicates possible food allergy. If he has eaten any processed food or restaurant food it could be causing it. 2. Viral Infection Viral illnesses can present with similar symptoms. I would start him on anti histamines like allegra 120 mg once daily along with plenty of oral liquids and electrolyte solution like pedialyte. Your pediatrician will know about this drug. Regards Dr Arun
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Follow-up: Why is my toddler having crawling sensation all over his body with loose stools? 35 hours later
Are there any tests that I should request to rule out other illnesses?
Answered by Dr. Arun 7 minutes later
Brief Answer: Complete blood count Detailed Answer: You can get basic workup like complete blood count , stool routine if the problem persists. If this happens repeatedly, allergy panel can be done as skin test or blood Elisa for specific IgE. Regards Dr Arun
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