Why? Good question. I wish I had the answer. The nurse, doctor and I reviewed everything that Ava had eaten for dinner last night and breakfast this morning. Last night she had sweet potato, ground beef, green peppers and corn. This morning she had a banana and some rice crackers (I didn’t want her to eat too much in hopes of getting to do the food challenge.) The rice crackers were vegetable flavored, so they had some onion, garlic, green pepper and sunflower oil in them. Oils don’t generally present a problem because they contain no protein. The doctor decided he wanted to do some skin tests for the foods she had eaten recently since they were items that are not generally tested (the usual allergens – egg, dairy, soy, etc.) So, we did skin tests for onion, garlic, green pepper, corn, banana, the rice cracker, sweet potato and dog (again since we have been staying in a house where a dog is present). The only thing that showed any reaction was garlic. Apparently, they see quite a few children with a sensitivity to garlic. She didn’t have a huge reaction, but was it enough to cause such a flare up? Who knows.
That was it for the day. I gave her a bath and completely wrapped her before leaving the hospital around 2pm. She took a nap in the car and when I unwrapped her, she did look better. However, at bath time tonight, her legs and feet were pretty red again. And her skin is bumpy. I have not seen her eczema look like this before, but the doctors didn’t seem to think it was anything strange. It is frustrating that after she had such rapid improvement the first week here, we can’t seem to get this flare up under control. Tomorrow is our last day and unless Ava drastically improves, we will leave without doing any more food challenges.