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9 yr old w/mysterious rash/itching - red pin point dots, lacy, chest, back. ???

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Old 08-11-2004, 05:19 AM   #1
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Question 9 yr old w/mysterious rash/itching - red pin point dots, lacy, chest, back. ???

Hello. My 9 year old has been having a recurrent rash with severe itching on and off for several months now. the rash presents as tiny, pin point like red dots - sometime joining together in a lacy pattern, itch, sometimes the area is raised and feels like sandpaper to touch. Has presented mostly on the center of the chest and back, but also the neck, ears, and upper legs.

We have been to a pediatrician (no help), a dermatologist and an allergist.

The allergist insisted that it was not an "allergy". He claims that based on presentation, it is not a food allergy. He said something to the effect of "this is an internal response to an unknown stimulas that may come and go over time" and he suggested to treat symptoms (w/ Zyrtec daily). He mentioned that he thought a study was being done in Europe concerning children and this "condition".

The dermatologist was more aggressive and ordered blood work . Everything (TSH, Liver Function Tests, BUN, Creatine, Sed Rate, ANA) was negative or in normal range except for the BUN Creatine Ratio which was slightly high at 28.

The dermatologist also agreed that she thought the rash was systemic in nature and not due to anything contact.

Has anyone had any experience with this type of rash/itching. Does anyone know of any links to research? Thanks.

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