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Intense itchy tongue-spread to nose

My four year old son had a strange reaction.

Overview: Three times over the past four months, my son has had in extremely itchy tongue that lasts between 1-3 weeks. The last reaction moved from his tongue to his nose. It is causing him to lose sleep-but not any weight. He has a good appetite-besides not being able eat because of biting his tongue so bad because it was itchy. Many Dr.'s have never heard of this, but think it is allergic. If it is allergic, I cannot figure out what it could be. It is definately not an immediate reaction. I also question if it could be something other than an allergic reaction. It has been a horrible 4 months and I need something different to try-benadryl (and family medications) are not working.

In Oct. 2005 he started complaining about an itchy tongue. I became so itchy within 2 days, he bit his tongue so bad that he could no longer eat or sleep. His skin also was quite itchy at night. I tried benadryl, but it did not seem to work. It continued to itch for about 7 days. day 3-6 consisted of crying and no sleep. Symptoms disappeared completely after 10 days. I guessed that it could have been a virus.

On Dec. 19/05, he started complaining about an itchy tongue again. He could not stop himself from biting it. Again it took about 2 days for the itching to get really bad. This time he was quite tired and wanted to lay on the couch. He had a slight fever on the second day, but that went away. By the third day we were back to crying. Only eating freezies, icecream, popscicles. The itch was driving him crazy. This itch lasted for 3 weeks. No itchy skin this time. The middle week was very instense. Dr.'s (4) including an allergist have never seen such a reaction, but they all agreed that it must be an allergic reaction. Benadryl, reactine, Predgizone??sp?, a topical Predgizone, chloroseptic spray were all tried and nothing seemed to work. Tylenol and advil also seemed useless. A diet of whipping cream, icecream, jello-was all he could/would eat.

As things calmed down, a visit to the allergist found allergies.

peanuts/other nuts
tree pollens
grass pollens
beef (maybe)
soy (maybe)

A visit to a naturopath found

reaction to
all nuts

sensativities to:
milk products

After taking away all of the above (although was around a cat - which has only caused watery eyes before) and reintroducing apples, beef and carrots (fruit and veg taken away because from tree with pollen-although never caused any problem before.)

Each new food had been introduced for a week and then he had a third reaction. The first day was an intense itchy tongue getting itchy within an hour. Then got better throughout the day. I thought it was better, but the next day he started scratching his nose. He has now had an intense itchy nose for 4 days. Sleep is affected. All the same medications as above have been tried. Nothing is working. Has anyone heard of something like this? If it is an allergic reaction, I can't figure out what it is.
  kdent on 2006-01-28
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Try Sulfur 6x twice a day for a week and wait a further week to judge results.

If there is no improvement then try Arum Triphyllum 6x twice a day for a week
walkin last decade
I have had an itchy tongue on and off from.. well... ever since I can remember. I went to the doctors once who had never come across it before and probably just advised me to ask my dentist.

I started looking around after looking into the marks on my tongue left by my teeth - which apparently means I have a weak spleen which would explain my constant fatigue.

As a child I used to use the velcro on my jacket to scratch my tongue. But of course, when you scratch it, it only makes it worse.

Perhaps I have allergies, I wouldn't know how to find an 'allergist' though, I hadn't heard of them until now.

-because- last decade
I read kdent's post from 2006 about her son's itchy tongue and also from because. My 7 yr old daughter developed a terribly itchy tongue a few months ago that they attributed to oral allergy symdrome (her body thinks raw fruits and veggies are ragweed or pollen). We have taken her off of raw fruits and veggies but the itching has started again. It is so bad that she has scraped the protective coating off of her tongue and she has a sore on her tongue. Does anyone have any answers or ideas about what this could be and how to help her tongue to stop itching. We are afraid it has become such a bad habit that she can't stop it. She also has a shellfish allergy as well as cats, dogs, ragweed, pollen, dust mites, etc. Any ideas would be great. It is really starting to get her down. Thank you.
Sabrinasmom last decade

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