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Erythema multiforme

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 20, 2007
  • 04:47 PM

I have been researching this heavily this week as my 2 year old grandson had a severe reaction to amoxicllin. His entire body is covered with target like itchy red spots. He has had pain in his leg joints. His ankles began swelling. Now his little face has swelled up and looks like he was the punching bag for a boxer. He had been running a low grade fever but it has shot up to over 104 a few times. They have had him to the ER and to their pediatrician. One wanted to give him a steroid drug but another did not. Then at the pediatrican's office one of the doctors gave his mommy a prescription and said if she felt like whe wanted to use it to use it. Everything I have read on EM talks about the rash. I have not read anything about the swelling and the fever. Anyone familiar with this or these symptoms? Thanks.

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  • Do you live in AZ. Check Valley Fever.
    loiskerr 29 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 05:43 PM
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  • My 3 Year Old Son Is Going Through The Same Thing Right Now And I Read Up On The Erythema Multiforme And It Said Nothing About Swelling That I Could Find. My Sons Hands, Feet,stomach, And Face All Were Swollen, His Feet Got So Bad He Didn't Want To Walk. I Also Have A Forum On Here About My Son Trying To Find Some Info. The Only Thing I Got So Far Was (urticaria), Doctors Can Often Mistake Erythema For This They Look Very Similar. I Have Been Fighting With My Pediatrrcian To Do A Blood Test To Find Out What Is Wrong, Because All It Does Is Keep Spreading. I Wish I Could Offer More Help To You, And I Will Keep You Updated If I Find Out Anything More.
    CUPCAKE 3 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 08:51 PM
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  • If your Ped won't take blood than get a new Doc. That is just wrong! Google hand and feet swelling but use images, maybe you can see a pic and figure it out. EM can just be swollen and red with no rash. I swell alot from many many many allergies. But swelling in a child is something that has to be investicated. Tick bite? Look for a bulleye rash. Keep us posted. Don't let the doc stop you fround finding out. Mothers know their own kids!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 00:40 AM
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  • HIya i can shed a little light for you my duaghter (23months at the time) had a similar reaction last year to an antibiotic called ceclor.. you will find her story here http://forums.wrongdiagnosis.com/showthread.php?t=1881From my understanding of the whole reaction thing is, the rash itself and some of the discomfort is Erythema multiforme or if lucky urticaria(less severe) . The swelling however is called Serum Sickness or serum sickness like reaction (as my doctor put it )which can affect alot of the internal organs as well and cuase severe joint pain. my duaghter had her liver and spleen swelled up and her kidneys too. I dont rememeber if anything shows up in blood tests though.BUt she did end up with a urine infection afterwards.She was given the steriods and strong antihistamines as she was paralysed by the swelling in her body and in severe pain.It is now 8 months later and she still has urticaria on the tops of her arms and gets rashes from a whole load of things now that never affected her before
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  • my daughter went through something similar when she was two. she was put on the antibiotic ceclor and developed something called serum sickness, a systemic severe allergic reaction. she had severe rash that bled, spontanious bruises and her joints swelled up and hurt so bad she couldn't walk. she was on steroids for three months before it finally cleared up. i would ask the doctor about serum sickness. good luck
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  • I am in the same position with our 9 month old. 6 Days ago he started running a fever of 103.5 and ran it for 3 days. On the third day he woke up with a rash and as the day progressed it got severe enough we took him to the ER. The doctor there diagnosed him with allergic reaction to the amoxicillin he had been on for 9 days. He gave him Benadryl and Prednisone and sent him home. The next morning he seemed better. Later that night he got worse again and his face swelled and had welts with dark "bruise like" spots, the welts and rash also spread to his torso. Went back to the ER and they diagnosed him with ER and sent him home with Benadryl. Later that night we talked with another Pediatrician because our son seemed to be in alot of pain and he said the rash and swelling were causing blood vessels to break under his skin causing bruising. Currently he in only on Tylenol with Codiene for pain. This is the 5th day of the rash and swelling. The face is better, but he now has swelling in his arms, hands, legs and feet and it seems to be painful. Couldn't find anything that talked about swelling associated with EM. Anyone have any insight?? Please e-mail me at tom_kristen@hotmail.com Thank you
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  • Ahh yes , My 5 yr old girl had step throat. had the amoxycillion for a week..then the day after she finished her prescription.. she had the 101 fever and the rash..took her to the doctor.. was told to give her benadryl and keep her cool.. not for her to get hot/ or sweaty.. So it's iimproved.. just gotta keep her out of the hot bath for two long...She has improved a bit not so pink cheeta look a like..
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2008
    • 00:34 AM
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  • Your story is exactly the same as mine in so many ways. On her 6th day of penicillin, My 5 year old was treated for serum sickness but another professional noted the target hives and stated multiforme (EM) but WHAT caused the severe pain? Her hands were crippled and frozen as if atrify took place. This indicates the serum sickness over EM. I will talk more to my daughters pediatrician today as we follow up from a weekend nightmare going to 2 different Emergency room hospitals for children.
    easycoolbreezy 1 Replies
    • January 20, 2014
    • 06:57 PM
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