Rash on Left Arm

Faith was with her dad over the weekend.  By the time they returned Sunday morning, she had a rash all over her left arm and a small area on her left chin. Her PICC line is in her left arm; that is where the Rocephin antibiotic (for the strep throat infections she’s been unable to clear for over a year and are triggering PANDAS in her case) is being infused daily… for fourteen days.

Suspecting the latex in the sleeve over her PICC line (or a chemical used in the processing – this happens with most fabrics, which is why we wash new items before wearing clothing or sleeping on sheets), I removed it, washed the rash areas with soap and water and applied a hydro-cortisone cream.  Continuing the cream, some areas improved, but the area inside her elbow and near the dressing for her PICC line remained very angry and itchy.

Our Allergist/Immunonologist checked it yesterday and thought the same thing I did.  He suggested watching her for symptoms after latex exposure as his first thought was contact dermatitis related to the latex.  He prescribed a stronger cream for her arm (as well as antihistamines around the clock) and wants to continue using the OTC Hydrocortisone on the facial areas… it’s on her cheek now too.

Unfortunately, part of the rash is under the PICC dressing, which we are unable to remove, except for cleaning and changing it once weekly, until her treatment is complete.  Thus, she’s having a rough time with that area.  The PICC line will remain in her arm at least through the end of next week…. we’re waiting for test results on Myco P and Lyme to determine if she might need further antibiotic treatment.

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