1. 11 years ago

    My son broke out in hives yesterday afternoon--small itchy blotches all over his chest & back. His penis/testicles then swelled. We brought him to his pediatrician who said the penis swelling was related to the hives... and prescribed benadryl. Tonight the hives are back, worse than ever. Large blotches that are severely itchy all over his back & belly. His upper lip is also swollen.

    I am wondering a) if there is some way to treat the symptoms (to sooth the itching so he can sleep, mostly) without using more benadryl, and b) what the underlying cause of the hives might be.

    As far as I can tell he has not consumed or touched anything out of the ordinary.

    Thanks for your help. I've found other threads to have excellent advice--but searched for hives and didn't find much.


  2. Doc Kelley

    May 2009 Administrator

    Hello Christina,

    An old, well-tried remedy for itching is chickweed herb baths. This is used with great success for the itching of chickenpox.

    As to the cause of your son's hives, it would be nothing but guess work with the information available so far. How soon after lunch was the outbreak? What did he have for lunch? Had he been outside during the afternoon? Where was he? What was the weather like? To what types of plants, insects, or chemicals was he exposed? etc., etc., etc. In other words, there is no end to the line of questioning you and/or your pediatrician must pursue to find the culprit. Keep looking. It's there.

    Best of Health,

    Doc Kelley

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