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Child has bumps, scratches, itchy, redness on legs, elbow and stomach. What is it?

My 2 year old daughter has small bumps that look like nettle stings appearing and disappearing almost by the hour. She took 2-3 small scratches from a dead thorny twig earlier today. They don't appear to be red, just itchy. If she scratches them they redden, but they dissappear and reappear in other areas, the legs, elbow, stomach. Please advise. Many thanks
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Welcome to healthcare magic.
Your daughter seems to have Acute urticaria. It is a type of allergic rash with transient itchy wheals or nettle rash which changes location. Severe urticaria can cause swelling of lips and eyelids as well which we call angioedema which thankfully is not there in your daughter. There are a lot of triggers for urticaria, most common is Food. Certain food like sea food, meat, egg, poultry etc are associated with more incidence but any food can cause urticaria and it varies from person to person. In kids infections (cold and cough, fever) are a common cause. Medicines, insect bite, intestinal worms etc can also cause wheals. You can give her an antihistamine syrup like cetrizine 5mg once a day and calamine lotion to apply. If it is not coming down show her to a dermatologist or pediatrician.
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