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8 year old with coughing, itchy swollen eyes. Rashes spreading on the body. Allergy to peanuts?

My 8 yr old daughter started coughing and eyes itchy and swollen after school and since home behind her ears all over neck traveling som own torso and back, and in hair is red and rash looking. A few spots popping up on hips an legs... Happening very quickly. Within 30 minutes or so... What can it be??? She ate peanuts for a snack today. But she has never been allergic to nuts...
Asked On : Mon, 8 Apr 2013
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Hi and thanks for the query,
from what you describe, this is purely an allergic reaction. A few things must be considered. Is ther any family history of atopy (allergy), asthma ? It is very important to be known, whether the child is experiencing this for the very first time is also important. A physical examination shall search for signs of acute inflammation, nature of lesions, redness, itches, eruptions and the degree and rapidity of spread. appropriate therapy first involves prescription of anti inflammatory drugs, usually steroids, which could be injectable or oral depending on the case, and an active search of an allergen. This is very important to determine the particular substance the led to symptoms. Eliminating or avoiding this allergen in future shall therefore avoid future episodes. Cutaneus anti histaminic drugs can be prescribed to diminish itching.
When very recurrent of failure to respond to therapy, immmunosuppressive therapy under the supervision of an allergist might then be required. Consulting an allergist in very serious and drug resistant cases might be very important.
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