ZocdocAnswersCan stinging nettle cause rash and swollen face?

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Can stinging nettle cause rash and swollen face?

My daughter (4) was playing outside and later on at bed time had a small bump on her arm and small patch of red rash on her cheek. In the morning she woke up and her whole face was swollen. Her eyes and nose and ears. the rash is covering her face and part of her neck now. And her arm now has more visible bumps. took her to see the doc and they informed us it was a reaction to a plant or something. We inspected our area and found stinging nettle and her "store" with stinging nettle play food and dishes. she had been playing in it. what do we do?

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In general, if you have any concerns about your daughter and how she is doing, you should bring her back to her pediatrician right away. It sounds like your daughter is having an allergic reaction, given the symptoms you describe. If she had stinging nettle in and around her play area, then this is the most likely culprit. Stinging nettle, as its name implies, can cause some very unpleasant symptoms. If she appears to have any difficulty breathing whatsoever, then you should bring her in to the ED immediately. Topical allergic reactions like this typically will go away when the stimulus (in this case the nettle plant) is removed, but especially with a young child it is important to make sure that she is comfortable and does not develop any airway compromise. Your pediatrician can help recommend safe medications that can be used to treat any itching or other bothersome skin symptoms in children. If this is a common play area, it would also probably be a good idea to try and remove the nettle plants (with gloves!) to make sure that this doesn't happen again. Again, if you have any concerns while this is healing, please go to the nearest emergency department.

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