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29 Sep 2006

Re: Swollen lymph nodes and allergies
Subject: RE: Swollen lymph nodes and allergies
Posted by: Cidny
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Thanx for the prompt respond and reassurance that lymphoma is not a factor. They have done a streptococcal swab of his tonsils as well as blood tests during his admission with scarlet fever, but the strange thing was that (as far as I can remember) no streptococ was present. He did however had all the other symptoms: Raspberry tongue, typical rash, fever and peeling of the skin from his hands and feet afterwards. The bloodtests also showed the pressence of the coxsackie(sorrie for spelling?) virus. Regarding the swollen lymph nodes....I did notice, that it was much worse 6-8 mnths ago, then there were much more...Sorry for asking another question: Can it be that he might be allergic to something, that causes his stomach ache? They did test him during the admission, but all was negative, but the Pediatrician said that such a small child can develop allergies for something easily, and that it's better to do bloodtests when he is 4years, is this a better age?
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paediatrician

01 Jan 0001

Again I say this is NOT due to allergies.His original illness with your more comprehensive description sounds to me like it was not due to scarlet fever but due to an illness called Kawasaki's Disease.The cause for this is not known as a viral or bacterial cause has not been identified. Please inform your doctor that this is the likely diagnosis and he should check that all is normal with your child's coronary arteries.You can read more about Kawasaki's Disease on Google.
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