Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Anderson Allergy Update

I've found that I rarely post anymore.  Races are on average once a month and there are only so many new cheeseburger restaurants to try.  I wish that was the only reason I've slacked on the writing, but family life has been stressful.  Anderson just turned 2 but is so much work.  His food allergies and horrible eczema make caring for him more than a full time job. 

Ok so it sounds like I'm complaining ... I get it.  I know there are way worse things that could happen to your child other than some itching but unless you're in our day-to-day you have no idea how much he suffers.  He's constantly uncomfortable, has to wear long sleeve shirts and pants most of the time, and is usually covered in some sort of red rash.  And the questions and looks from strangers ... so many questions.  "Have you tried xyz?" "He looks miserable are you sure you've done enough?"

Since moving to Florida from North Carolina it seems that his condition has worsened, but diet has not varied.  It's a freaking puzzle.  No one knows why he continues to itch.  I'm convinced it must be an environmental allergen but without testing I have no proof. 

On the topic of testing, Anderson just had another round of skin testing.  15 different foods were used on his back. 

Not surprising he's still allergic to milk, eggs, and peanuts (we're going to assume sesame seeds too since he's had an actual reaction to ingesting it and this allergist doesn't test for seeds).  A win for us was no more wheat and almond allergies.  Also found out he's not allergic to shellfish or pecans but does have a small reaction to cashews and walnuts.  Since he hasn't had any almond in his life we're going to do a challenge in the doctor's office this month and next month we will try a baked egg challenge.  Oh and a few days before his appointment he accidently drank cow's milk from a sippy cup and didn't have a noticeable reaction.  Well he spit it out, cried, and gagged a few times, but nothing major and no need for antihistamines or epi-pen. 

On the medicine front, we have also gone back to Atarax (Hydroxyzine) for itching at night.  Well tonight was the first time we tried it in over a year.  Hoping for better results than the normal Zyrtec.  We've been rocking him to sleep every night and it's such a process.  He's been medicated every 3-4 days and seems to be constantly taking medicine. 

Right now his skin is mostly clear ... which is a nice relief.  Better than it was last month when he looked like this most of the time:

So for now I'll continue to write about running ... and I'll keep on eating those cheeseburgers ... but I'll also try to document Anderson's struggles with food allergies and eczema. 


  1. I am so sorry to hear that you are dealing with this. I do not have food allergies, but am allergic to something or other year round. I carried an Epipen when I lived in Italy and now that I am in Charlotte and since turning 40 everything is manageable without medicine or the dreaded cortisone. I just shared this with you because I know what you mean when people say "have you tried this or that", or feel that the allergies that I suffered in the past were a mere sniff and a tear. True allergies - especially food allergies are a beast. I feel for you and wish all the best for you and your babies! Miss seeing your at the races here!

    1. Thank you for thinking of us! I'm hoping that Anderson outgrows some of this ... and appreciate your well wishes :)