Hives are Driving Me Nuts!

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  1. lucky_pine

    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    I mentioned in the OP that my eyes quit swelling and subsided, actually that's what scared me enough to go in to Prompt Care in the first place.

    I eat clean, hardly any processed food. Checked my detergent against the old bucket (I use the pods) and the ingredient are the same.

    I dunno at this point. I quit using my lotion, kept my body wash the same (Dove Sensitive with no fragrance or added junk) etc. As far as smoking something not "pure," I don't smoke so not an issue. Cason didn't get into anything that I know of. I did bring the horse up to groom and ride earlier this week and I'm not so sure it wasn't something on him. But, I'm away from the allergen and everything that touched him has been eliminated so that begs the question of why am I still reacting to it?

    It's still driving me batty, and while it hasn't gotten better it certainly hasn't gotten worse. I'm in a sea salt/colloidal oatmeal bath right now. If I'm not better tomorrow morning I'll make an appointment with my regular doctor.

    I've been taming the guinea pig for my kiddo. Though I've never ever had a reaction like this to any animal hair ever, I do wonder if it might be him?
     
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    It absolutely could be the guinea pig. I had one as a kid and shortly had to give him away as I was allergic. Not dangerously so but enough to not be fun! Though I do wonder if it would have kept getting worse as with my other allergies every do with every introducement.
     
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    Could be guinea pig or its bedding or other substance it's in contact with.

    The spooky thing about allergies and sensitivities is that you can become allergic/sensitive to something that didn't bother you before.....as the doc told me, 'as you age.'

    Oh? Why is that?

    'Well, as you age, stuff stops working as well and...'

    Oh....thanks.

     
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    Alsosusieq2 Senior Member

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    I had the same thing happen a couple months ago. Omg, it's horrible. I was so itchy it literally was making me ill. I've no idea what caused mine either, didn't change anything or have anything new. Mine was literally on 95% of my body if not more.

    I'd had something similar five years ago and saw multiple allergists and specialists. When it manifest as extreme itching you're in for it.

    That said, I did this this time. I started eating very plain, cold not spicy food and drinking lots of water. Yoghurt especially. Use fans to circulate the air. This was the most helpful though - I stopped using any soaps on my skin save for directly under my armpits. I took warm baths and soaked. I only "washed" myself gently with a solution of warm water with about an ounce of Suave hair conditioner mixed in it with a buff puff. I think it was green apple but it might have been aloe etc. The key was getting your skin to settle down. Whatever is in the conditioner seems to soothe the skin without drying it out. If you're allergic to Suave, I'd try a hypoallergenic hair conditioner. I rinsed well and before drying patted on unscented Vaseline everywhere and waited before patting myself dry.

    Nothing I tried turned the tide till I went to the conditioner and Vaseline. Not cortisone shots or lotion, meds, oils ..nothing. I sure hope you feel better-!!

    Edited added - loose fitting natural fibers help, turn the clothes inside out to avoid seams rubbing. I don't know if you can apply this while working, but everything helps.
     
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    Antibiotics in meat? My mom has extreme allergies to many antibiotics. She reacts to trace amounts of antibiotics in meats. She now buys meat and chicken from specific local sources that somehow avoid this problem.
     
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    The worst and longest lasting allergic reactin I ever has was to sulfa drugs. I had hives, then wheals, and airway was also starting to close off. It literally took about 4 months to get my immune system and skin normalized.
     
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    Occupational exposure to something?
     
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    lucky_pine Senior Member

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    I've had the last 3 weeks off work so not that. I honestly never figured it out. Added my lotion back into the routine and no reaction. It took quite a bit for all the hives to go away. 4 months, ugh, can't even imagine!
     

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