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  • Itchy skin - histamine. Allergic reaction?

    So for the last month or so my skin has been very itchy, all over my body.

    Doctor says it's a reaction to something, but impossible to find out to what. He did a blood test, only a slight allergy to dust mites...

    Same thing happened to my colleague (much worse) at around the same time. He has a lot of allergies and health issues. Don't know if it's related...

    Any ideas? Something i can do to stop/prevent it? I'm now taking an anti-histamine once every two days, that takes the itching away.

    My doc says it will go away over time... The thing that annoys me most is not knowing what caused or what is causing this...

  • #2
    Trial and error.

    Any change in bathing/cleaning products? Soaps? Detergents? Fabric softeners? Foods you haven't eaten before? Any other unusual symptoms, like stuffy nose, post nasal drip, abdominal cramps?
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    • #3
      Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
      Trial and error.

      Any change in bathing/cleaning products? Soaps? Detergents? Fabric softeners? Foods you haven't eaten before? Any other unusual symptoms, like stuffy nose, post nasal drip, abdominal cramps?
      No other symptoms. Maybe some (extra) tinnitus, but i can't really tell if it's related because i have tinnitus now and then anyway.

      Change in fabric softener, but from the same brand. So don't really think that was the cause. Changed to a non-hypoallergenic (sp?) type already just in case...

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      • #4
        Went to the dermatologist. She said it was a chronic form of hives. Should go away in 6-12 months. Have to take an anti-histamicum every 2-3 days to keep symptoms under control.

        Usually they can't find the cause so she told me not to bother too much with it.

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        • #5
          Glad you got it sorted out. Sometimes too much salt would make your skin itch all over for some time.

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          • #6
            Well to me this jumps out in big red flashing letters:

            Same thing happened to my colleague (much worse) at around the same time
            I'd look at work, not your household stuff.

            Different toner cartridge, or a leaky one?

            Was the place fumigated over a weekend, fireproofing added, anything like that?

            I'm allergic to some antibiotic (I really should make a note of which!) which has the same effect on me, itchy in all sorts of places for no apparent reason. Once drove straight past my works and about 5 miles into the countryside because I was too busy scratching and driving to think about where I was going...

            But yeah, if your co-worker got the same thing, what substances, including airborne, do you and that person come into contact with?



            AC

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            • #7
              change in weather can cause this too, at least for me
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              • #8
                Originally posted by AlanC View Post
                Well to me this jumps out in big red flashing letters:

                I'd look at work, not your household stuff.
                Different toner cartridge, or a leaky one?
                Was the place fumigated over a weekend, fireproofing added, anything like that?

                But yeah, if your co-worker got the same thing, what substances, including airborne, do you and that person come into contact with?
                AC
                I was thinking the same thing, AC. There are a ton of possible things like new carpets, new upholstery on the office chairs, cleaning products, repainting, etc. that could be the culprit. Plus, do you work in an office building? What about air conditioning/heating systems? Maybe the forced air heat just kicked in for the winter and the filters are moldy.

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                • #9
                  Hey, thanks for those suggestions. Those kinds of things were also spinning through my head.
                  However I think the dermatologist is right about this one. Even when i'm at home for a couple of days it bothers me.
                  Just something i have to ride out i guess.

                  She said that in most cases, it's impossible to find a reason. Could be an innocent viral infection that triggered it.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Jay View Post
                    Went to the dermatologist. She said it was a chronic form of hives. Should go away in 6-12 months. Have to take an anti-histamicum every 2-3 days to keep symptoms under control.

                    Usually they can't find the cause so she told me not to bother too much with it.
                    Leaky gut? Also a possibility.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by anna5 View Post
                      Leaky gut? Also a possibility.
                      Thanks for the tip, i'll research that a little bit. Makes sense that a leaky gut could disrupt your immune response.

                      The Urticaria/ Hives have gotten a little bit better (after 6 months or so :-/). At the start i had to take one pill every 2 days to stop the itching. Now i get itchy after 2,5 - 3 days.

                      I hope this time period will keep extending and that i'll be off the anti-histamines within the next year(s).

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                      • #12
                        A possible end to your bothersome itching

                        Originally posted by Jay View Post
                        Hey, thanks for those suggestions. Those kinds of things were also spinning through my head.
                        However I think the dermatologist is right about this one. Even when i'm at home for a couple of days it bothers me.
                        Just something i have to ride out i guess.

                        She said that in most cases, it's impossible to find a reason. Could be an innocent viral infection that triggered it.
                        I had the same problem with the itching and discovered that Zyrtec would bring me relief for 3 - 4 days at a time
                        Since I did not want to have to take a medication regularly I began my search for a cure.

                        The strangest thing happened; I was watching Dr Oz and he mentioned something that would
                        Help someone get a better nights sleep.

                        The name Dr Oz recommended was ASTRAGALUS ROOT

                        I purchased Astragalus Root from GNC for around $6.00

                        Low and behold this ancient Chinese root has been around for
                        Centuries and one of the amazing things this has done was
                        Stopped the itching and I no longer have to take antihistamines.

                        I encourage you to research this product and if you want to see an end
                        To the constantly annoying itching - Get Astragalus Root 500mg capsules.

                        I really feel like I have my life back.

                        If this helps you like it has helped me, send and email and let
                        Me know. - good luck to you.

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                        • #13
                          Hey, thanks for the suggestion, but the problem disappeared by itself (like the doc said it prob would after 6-12 months, took a bit longer for me)

                          From taking one pill every 2-3 days, I went to taking one every 4-5 days, then to one every week.
                          Then i just stopped. Still itched a bit for a week or 2-3. Now it's almost non-existant.

                          Cheers

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