Monday, August 11, 2008

Dermatographic urticaria - Very informational! haha!

So.... This morning Angela came over to drop off Jaedyn... and she totally knew what cash's rash was! She thinks Cash has Dermatographic urticaria... also known as "Contact Dermatitis" which is:

thought to be caused by mast cells in the surface of the skin releasing histamines without the presence of antigens, due to the presence of a weak membrane surrounding the mast cells. The histamines released cause the skin to swell in the affected areas.

This weak membrane easily and rapidly breaks down under physical pressure causing an allergic-like reaction, generally a red wheal (welt) to appear on the skin. It can often be confused with an allergic reaction to the object causing a scratch, when in fact it is the act of being scratched that causes a wheal to appear. These wheals are a subset of urticaria (hives) that appear within minutes, accompanied by a sensation of burning, and itchiness. The first outbreak of urticaria can lead to others on body parts not directly stimulated, scraped or scratched. In a normal case the swelling will reduce itself with no treatment within 15-30 minutes, but in extreme cases, itchy red wheals may last anywhere from a few hours to days.

Can be Caused by stress, tight or abrasive clothing, watches, glasses, energetic kissing, heat, cold, or anything that causes stress to the skin or the patient. In many cases it is merely a minor annoyance, but in some rare cases symptoms are severe enough to impact a patient's life.

(wikipedia.com)

Angela Said that it can also be caused by a food allergy... and I wonder if that's what it is where he was vomiting.... and the food... I think may be Milk!!! AAAHHH!!! how do you cut out all milk products?!?!?

Not sure if that's what it is... But when he had lunch yeterday, and then went down for his nap (when he puked inhis crib) he had just had milk. He hasn't had milk since that nap and his rash has improved quite a bit. It seemed to start in the heat though, so maybe it is heat related and will go away. Coleman's parents brought over a big A/C unit to cool my house... and it works like a charm! So... maybe if he stays cool enough it will go away!

If you look in these pictures i scratched cash's arm (you don't have to scratch hard...) and it is showing up. the word "itch"... my camera had a hard time getting a picture of it... but this is what it's like... And this looks WAY better than it has looked the last couple days.




every bump, brushing up against anything... causes these hives, and bumps. They say to treat it with an antihistamine, so we got a little zyrtec today... and it seems to be helping... now we just have to make sure of the Culprit that's causing this!

My mom had a milk allergy as a kid, and her parents bought her a GOAT!!! Her dad went out and milked the goat every day! haha... i don't even like having a DOG, let alone a flippin GOAT!!!so i guess there's always soy milk! :)

5 comments:

The Clark's Collection of Memories said...

Soy milk isn't that bad...when you cook with it you can't even taste the difference (I think) the only hard thing will be cheese! Poor baby boy, miss you guys!

Annalee Taylor said...

holy crap. That is crazy, poor little cash. What is going on with all these weird sicknesses? I swear, there is something in the water! My nephews both only drink soy....gross, but at least your not milking a goat! LOL.

Ali said...

Oww! It looks so painful. I had Brynley on Soy milk for awhile cuz' it helped so her nose wasn't so runny and yucky, She really didn't even seem to notice the difference and I didn't make a big deal of it to her. Hopefully all goes well with little Cash.

sarah said...

i have dermatographic urticaria since ever!! im now 21 and still have and didnt figure out the reason behind it... in 95% of the cases in general the reason is not found. Antihistamines are recommended but i learned how to live with my allergy and beleive me it doesn't bother me anymore and i dont take any medications or diet... just dealing with it and everyone around me from my friends and family are now used on me going "freaky" sometimes:P i have really weird pics:D

sarah said...

i have dermatographic urticaria since ever!! im now 21 and still have and didnt figure out the reason behind it... in 95% of the cases in general the reason is not found. Antihistamines are recommended but i learned how to live with my allergy and beleive me it doesn't bother me anymore and i dont take any medications or diet... just dealing with it and everyone around me from my friends and family are now used on me going "freaky" sometimes:P i have really weird pics:D