7 yr old with random hives/rash

hello, I have a 7 yr old daughter who has been getting random rashes on her hands/feet and arms/legs.  I can’t seem to pinpoint what could be causing this.  Here are a few pics of the rashes/hives.  Does this look like an allergy of some sort? As soon as she is given an antihistamine it is gone within 15-20 min. I just don’t know what to do.  It seems to be worse the first half of the yr.  however she just had another breakout yesterday, after not having had one for about a month 😕


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  • Melissa G

    Hi Adriana! Welcome to the AAFA forums! 

    I took the liberty of inserting the pics into your post. 

    That has to be very frustrating. Have you kept a journal of what she was eating and doing to see if you can pinpoint what is going on? Have you taken her to an allergist?

    Probably about 10 years ago, my oldest who has no food allergies, broke out into hives all of her body. I took her to the ER where she was given oral steroids and we were sent home. I took her to an allergist and she was diagnosed with She was put on a daily antihistamine and now the hives are better managed. If she forgets to take her antihistamine, she will get some hives on her face. 

  • adrianaa03

    Thank you Melissa! Her pediatrician has recommended a daily antihistamine as well.  When we do this she has no breakouts. I just wish I knew what the cause was.  Our next move is to go to an allergist.  I will probably get an answer then.  I have researched chronic idiopathic urticaria and this sound like sowmthtjfb my daughter could have. Thanks for your response! And for adding my pictures 😉

  • K8sMom2002

    Hugs on the hives — they can be extremely itchy and aggravating.

    I love Melissa's idea on a journal to figure out triggers. Hives can be triggered by many different things.

    Some things that can trigger hives:

    • food allergies
    • allergies to medications or cosmetics or lotions or other toiletries
    • dander allergies (dog, cat, feather)
    • environmental allergies like pollen (but that's usually pretty rare)
    • heat
    • cold
    • pressure
    • sun (rarely)
    • water (rarely)
    • stress/strong emotions
    • exercise
    • fever or a viral illness

    Sometimes, hives can have a combo trigger. For instance, I have an allergy to celery, but it usually takes eating the celery plus exercising to trigger hives. It took quite a while to figure that out.

    A person could eat a food she could normally tolerate, but then exercise, and that could trigger hives. 

    Could you keep a symptom journal about everything that's going on when she has these flares? That might help you track down the cause. Melissa's link to  has a symptom journal that you can use. Or you can make your own.

    And sometimes there IS no pattern, which is extremely frustrating.

  • Melissa G

    Adriana, have you made an appt with an allergist? I know they can take a while to get an appt. How is your daughter doing?