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Falling through the cracks with the Docs

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  • Posted By: Benelux
  • July 2, 2008
  • 08:08 PM

We are a military family stationed in the UK; we have access to the U.S. military medical care system (which isn't working at all). Even private sector care in the UK is nonexistent (it is many months even to book an allergy appointment).
For two weeks now my son has been breaking out in a severe rash on his chest, stomach, back and upper arms. He breaks out with elevated temps, such as hot bath or sunshine, but sometimes for no apparent reason. The rash is precipitated by severe shooting or burning pains, and the rash disappears within ten minutes of onset. This is happening a minimum of three times a day.
Antihistimes really aren't effective, we've tried Zyrtec and Tagamet. I give him Benadryl with an onset but I really don't know if this is even effective (there doesn't seem to be anything to PREVENT the outbreaks).
We tried the elimination diet for 5 days with no change. Initial blood culture came back fine (no bacteria). They are now running several more tests.
Any info greatly appreciated. Anyone here know of parasitic causes? With the reading I've done, I wonder...He's been at school in Scotland eating haggis and sushi (yuck).
Many thanks.:o

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