A few hours after swimming, my son starts itchinb very bad -- mostly on his legs. He scratches to the point of drawing blood. We have been treating this with benedryl. The last episode was so bad we took him to the emergency room for a shot.
He has been in four pools and has itched in two of the four. Of the two pools he had trouble with, one was a salt-water pool and the other wasn't. Both the pools he was okay with were salt-water.
We have tried to eliminate everything we can think of: it's not his suntan lotion -- he has worn it without going in the pool and he is fine. It's not his his swimsuit -- he has worn it while playing with the hose and had no problems.
We took him to an alergy specialist. He said the ***** test was for immediate reactions and the patch test was for latent reactions. Since he reacts hours after getting out of the pool, he choose the patch test. The only alergy the patch test showed was to the tape used to hold the patches on his back.
Any ideas? Could there be some type of tree or plant [adjacent to two of the pools and not the other two] whose pollen has gotten in the pools?
The chlorine in the water used as ableaching agent maybe the cause.Or it could be the water itself.
Water urticaria, also known as aquagenic urticaria and aquagenous urticaria, is an extremely rare form of physical urticaria. It is sometimes described as an allergy. In affected persons, water on the skin causes hives to appear within 15 minutes and last for up to two hours.
Urticaria (or hives) is a skin condition, commonly caused by an allergic reaction, that is characterized by raised red skin wheals (welts). Wheals from urticaria can appear anywhere on the body, including the face, lips, tongue, throat, and ears.
Drug treatment is typically in the form of Antihistamines such as diphenhydramine, hydroxyzine, cetirizine.
Copyright 1994-2016 MedHelp International. All rights reserved.
MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.