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29/09/2013 at 21:20

Does anyone know of a plant that can cause linear bruising, i.e. under the skin rather than on the surface, with no itching, blistering, soreness, pain, etc?  My 9 year old granddaughter noticed such bruising on her upper arm last week, which next day continued  down to her lower arm.  Spent a day at hospital having blood tests etc. (normal), then referred to a dermatologist who said it was probably a sting from a hornet or horsefly, which I doubted as they are usually very painful and there is swelling and puncture mark, which she doesn't have, and anyway next day a similar patch appeared on the other arm and she hadn't been outside in the meantime.  Then we discovered a schoolmate had almost identical bruise-like marks on one upper arm, now going further down, so back to hospital.  This time told it was contact dermatitis from contact with a plant, which again I find hard to credit as there is no inflammation or discomfort, just lines and patches of reddish purple bruising.  Does this ring any bells with anyone? 

30/09/2013 at 12:29

Sorry Bouleversee I can't help you at all but I'm responding here so this gets bumped back up the list in the hope that someone can help/advise/confirm/refute for you. Doesn't sound like contact dermatitis to me though to be honest. Hope you get to the bottom of it. Heather

30/09/2013 at 12:44

Thanks, Heather.  Drawn a blank so far.

30/09/2013 at 14:03

No bells at all Bouleversee. I've seen bites and allergies and irritations and all manner of things in my time but I don't recognise your description. Also I would have expected, as you did, pain or itching from anything plant/bite/sting related

30/09/2013 at 14:12

Thanks, nutcutlet.  Strange, isn't it?

30/09/2013 at 14:14

Unless the children socialise outside school, I'd be looking at the school premises .... 

30/09/2013 at 16:06

Is there a school garden,or area where they play outside that is planted?.Is it worth mentioning it to the school.?

30/09/2013 at 16:14

The school has large grounds.  It has been notified.

30/09/2013 at 16:43

My son used to get this reaction from batteries! All he had to do was take them out of his toy car or whatever and his face would swell up and look horrific with veins really showing and his skin looked almost transparent, anti-histimine given and he was fine within five minutes...really odd:/ If I touch Petunia's without gloves I get a nasty lumpy rash on the palm of my hand and it doesn't go away for weeks:/ 

30/09/2013 at 16:46

No swelling or lumpy rash in this case.

30/09/2013 at 19:22

Been in contact with deadly nightshade?

30/09/2013 at 19:37

Not that I am aware of.

30/09/2013 at 20:17

is there a photo Bouleversee or is it too late now to get one

30/09/2013 at 20:53

Yes, I have photos but don't know whether I can attach here.  Will have a go.

No, don't seem to be able to paste here.  Can anyone help?

30/09/2013 at 20:55

You need to click on the tree icon. select photo from desktop. upload. save. submit.

30/09/2013 at 21:01

Doesn't look very clear on here or show the whole pic.  Perhaps will be better when received.

30/09/2013 at 21:02

Good.  That's quite clear.  Anyone seen anything quite like it after being in the garden?

30/09/2013 at 21:11

that looks like the effect you get from pressure on skin that's broken tiny blood vessels just under the surface. Have they been playing any any games with ropes, gymnastic things or anything like that.

OH gets marks on his back like that when he's been lying under the car on rough ground.


30/09/2013 at 21:12

They look more like bruises from running into something, like fencing. have they been playing some kind of contact sport?

30/09/2013 at 21:15

Are we disagreeing with a consultant dermatologist fb


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