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The hives/itching hasn't gone away. Okay. So I scraped my nails across my stomach. Not really hard. Just testing something. Now there are four long welts across my stomach. Not just red marks. Raised welts.

Either I am allergic to myself, to something on my hands, or to something in the air.
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burgunder From: burgunder Date: October 10th, 2007 02:38 am (UTC) (Link)
I met an American guy, when I was in Paris, who was allergic to himself. Whenever he went to the barber, if any little hairs got on his neck, he'd break out into a rash that would last for days.

Hopefully that's not what's going on with you. Egads. It's the only vaguely familiar thing I've heard of.

Back to the doctor? For a recommendation to the allergist, perhaps?

Just for kicks, given that whether or not you're feeling it, you're under the kick of stress that causes all kinds of freaky physical side effects, it might be worth it to treat stress - increased potassium and anti-oxidants, more exercise (and therefore better sleep), and whatever else you've found works well for you when you've got teh stress.

-your slightly worried and over-protective friend.
gkr From: gkr Date: October 10th, 2007 02:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Already got a follow-up visit scheduled for next Tuesday.
burgunder From: burgunder Date: October 10th, 2007 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
OK, one more mother hen moment and then I'll try to stop doing that unsolicited advice thing (who, me?)

Don't forget that unexpected rashes are a totally acceptable reason to go to the ER.
gkr From: gkr Date: October 10th, 2007 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
If I had insurance, I might. As it is, if I can stand it until I can get to a doctor, I will. Benadryl seems to control the itching and welts.

Though after having read about anaphylactic shock, if I have swallowing problems again, I will be heading there instead of trying to sleep it off.
evillinn From: evillinn Date: October 10th, 2007 03:10 am (UTC) (Link)
Possibly dietary? I agree that stress seems quite possible too.

I'm glad you've got an appointment.
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gkr From: gkr Date: October 10th, 2007 05:46 am (UTC) (Link)
Huh. That makes some sense. It would explain the location of the hives before I start scratching. They've generally been around the edges of my clothing, where it rubs.
dimenxia From: dimenxia Date: October 10th, 2007 05:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Sorry to hear about your hives. I just had them for the first time in my life about a month ago. Doctors couldn't figure out what caused them either. Have you tried Benadryl yet? Those made my hives disappear and stopped the itching pretty quickly.
gkr From: gkr Date: October 10th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm taking Benadryl twice daily. Luckily, it doesn't give me the drowsy effect quite like it does other people. If I'm tired, it'll push me over the edge into sleep, but otherwise I don't notice it.

It's controlling the itching pretty well, but doesn't get rid of the hives themselves. Those will go away if I don't scratch though. At least temporarily. Any scratch though, and hives spring up in that area.

It'll be good enough to get me through until my appointment on Tuesday and whenever I can get in to see an allergist after that. But it's not good enough long term really.
a_muse_d From: a_muse_d Date: October 10th, 2007 06:25 am (UTC) (Link)
or you're just a redhead with super sensitive skin and you're fucked like all other redheads with super sensitive skin who are fucked.

at least you're not like my cousin - she doesn't have sweat glands.

yeah, talk about fucked.. but she didn't have to do PE.
gkr From: gkr Date: October 10th, 2007 06:57 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, I've had sensitive skin for a long time. Simple scratches would leave red marks. But not welts. The welts and itching are a recent change.
m_cobweb From: m_cobweb Date: October 10th, 2007 07:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I've had welt-y skin all my life, as far as I know, which I never thought of it as anything more than a particular kind of sensitivity. Then again, I do occasionally have an odd, sometimes severe, allergic skin reaction to something. I never thought of there being a connection, but your experience is making me wonder.
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