This may seem a strange thing to blog about, but I thought you might find it interesting and informative. My 11 year old son, Sean, came home from camp on a Sunday afternoon with a bit of a rash on his arms. It was red and bumpy but didn't seem to bother him too much. We didn't think much of it and put some cream on it.
The rash didn't go away. It hung around but didn't really itch much until Tuesday night. We put some more cream on it, gave him an antihistamine and he did okay. But the next day it was itching really badly. The bumps were more pronounced and the skin all around the bumps was red and raised. So I took him to the doctor. She said it was NOT poison ivy but we figured it must be some sort of reaction to a plant he came in contact with. She prescribed an anti-itch cream and told us to give him an antihistimine twice a day.
This is the rash in it's calmer stage....later it was super red.
The rash seemed to subside and was back to just bumps by Wednesday night. I figured we were past the worst of it. I was wrong. Mid-morning the next day it started to itch again....a lot. We were back to all the red, raised skin around the bumps and it was worse. We tried a variety of things and it seemed to be better. He went out bike riding with friends that afternoon and came home miserable. The rash was even worse than before. Nothing we did seemed to help. I have never felt so helpless in my life. He finally fell asleep some time after midnight. I was determined to take him back to the doctor the next day.
When he woke up the next morning we were back to just bumps. Little to no itching. I put nothing on it, wondering if what we had been using was making it worse. Things stayed on an even keel all morning and into the afternoon. He went to hang out with his cousins in the afternoon and they played outside some. I noticed his arms were getting red and raised again (but not as bad as the day before).
After a tip from a friend I did some research on the internet and realized that Sean's rash was probably not from a plant at all, but was from the sun. I suspect he has what is called polymorphous light eruption . This is basically an allergic reaction to the sun. I will take him to the doctor next week and see if we can confirm it.
This is NOT Sean, but is similar to what his rash looked like.