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Raised patches of hives on hands, arms and legs. Suggested benadryl, clariton, cortizone. Can the new carpet cause itching?

My son has had patches of raised hives on his hands, arms, and legs for 9 days now and they are not going away. We went to the doctor monday and she said to give him benadryl and clariton and apply cortizone cream. We have done all this and nothing seems to be working. the only thing we can think of that may have irritated him is that we moved recently to a place that just had new carpet put in and there may be something on the carpet that isn t agreeing with him and there isn t much I can do about that. What else can I do?
Asked On : Sat, 28 Jul 2012
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Hi, thanks for using healthcare magic

Allergies can be provoked by dust mites, environmental allergens like pollen or animal fur, foods, medications , chemicals, mold.

If you have not altered his diet , detergent, soaps or creams then it is likely that if there is something new in his environment that it is the reason for the rash.

If it is the carpet it would be the dust in the carpet or its fibers. If it is the dust and the landlord is unwilling to remove it then it would have to be regularly cleaned each day. IF it is the fiber that would be difficult.

YOu can consider allergy testing to determine what specifically is causing his reaction. This can be done as a blood test or skin testing.

I hope this helps
Answered: Fri, 31 May 2013
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