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What a rollercoaster it has been. Thank you, Augie, for your post and thanks everyone else for your T&Ps!
Two weeks ago, we saw an allergist because both girls have been having sinus symptoms. He put them on a 20 day course of Omnicef. Yesterday morning, 12 days into the treatment, Adelle suddenly broke out in major hives and welts. I posted that pic in a thread yesterday, but I'll post it again in a minute. We went to an ER and they gave her benadryl. The doc called our allergist and explained what was going on and the allergist said to "Bring her upstairs". Allergist has two offices, one down the street from my house and one in the same building as the ER we went to. He said it was a reaction to the Omnicef, which is derived from penicillin. Me, ever so skeptical, questioned him because she had been on it for 12 DAYS!!! He said it happens. So he gave her some steroids and instructions for dosing with benadryl.
This morning, the initial hives were reduced majorly but it was allllll over her face! She looked horrible. I was going to take her back to the ER, but called the allergist first. He said bring her in to the office by my house. Upon examination, he said she wont go into shock or anything, but the rection is worse than he thought and we simply needed a stronger treamtment plan. He switched her to Zyrtek and instead of 5 days on the steroids, he wants her to take them for an additional two weeks. He also gave her Zantac because the steroids can upset her stomach.
Still not totally satisfied with all this, I had a paramedic friend check her out and he said I should take her in and have her examined at a pediatric ER. I did just that. That doctor's opinion was the same and he said all I can do is continue the current treatment plan and wait it out. It could take up to a week before this clears up. It is a "moving rash" so it will clear up where it is today, but appear elsewhere tomorrow.
I am freaking out. I've been a mother for 8 1/2 years and I have NEVER seen anything like this. I have younger siblings and like 30 younger cousins. I've babysat probably 60 kids too! But I guess I am doing the best I can do.
This first pic is what her stomach looked like yesterday.
These pics were all taken this morning at about 9:30. 24 hours after the rash first presented.
I just took this one of her face because it has gotten worse as the day has gone on.
The pictures really don't show how bad it is. But I am sure you get the idea. My poor baby The general consensus is that she will be fine... It looks worse than it is... But that sure doesn't help me and my nerves because I have to look at her, ya know?! *sigh* Thanks again for keeping us in your thoughts.