Friday, August 5, 2011

Before and After Allergies

Ethan hasn't had any major allergy issues lately, but then we've had him on chidren's Zyrtec every day since the last episode. Just as a comparison, this is what he normally looks like.

And this is what happened within half an hour of getting that scratch on his arm outside in the back yard a month ago or so... here' s the scratch:

This photo didn't come out very well because the lighting was poor and we were stressing to get ready for the urgent care, but we started getting worried when we saw that his eyes were getting so swollen that he was straining to keep them open... and this is what started happening to his face:

What you can't see is that the whites of his eyes were bulging out enough to actually prevent him from closing his eyelids all the way. It was pretty scary... just hope we don't have to go through that whole thing again. Since that day he's had three or four minor incidents, but we gave him benadryl and eye drops and it went away within 30-40 minutes. Still don't know what he's allergic to because I can't seem to get an appointment with the allergist my doctor referred me to, despite multiple phone calls and messages. Today I'm going to dedicate myself to calling until I get through to someone; they're going to give me an appointment by 5:00 p.m. today, or I'm driving up there in person!

Sorry, crazy mom attack just now. ;)


  1. Oh my goodness! That would be VERY scary. Poor little guy! Sounds like you have found something that works for him...that's wonderful. Tony had a short time about 6 months ago where he got a scratch on his arm similar to Ethan's, but his starting swelling a the skin around the scratch raised up quite a bit. I told him to take Benydrl and he did and that fixed him as well. Hasn't had that same reaction since then.

  2. Weird, isn't it? Thank God for Benadryl! Ethan's first allergy appointment is Thursday, by the way... hope it goes well!