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Well it's official


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

My more detailed allergy testing results (blood work) came back, and I'm not allergic to anything they tested for. (They selected those potential allergens based upon my interview.)

I noticed that yesterday during a stressful lab meeting, my hives got puffier, and a few new ones even appeared. Hmmmmmmmmmm. emoticon

Today they are hurting (stinging), which I suppose is also not ideal, but far preferable in my opinion to the itchiness.
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PLAINJANEDOE 10/30/2013 9:25AM

    Thank you, Bewitched - I definitely agree. Having an allergy would definitely suck, and I have seen how allergies have affected the lives of my friends & coworkers who have them. But I feel like at least I would have something to blame the discomfort on and I would feel better because it would give me some feeling of predictability & control. I actually had to go on prednisone again about a week ago because my hives stopped itching and started hurting...hard to describe the feeling exactly but kind of like what would happen if you got sawdust or fiberglass insulation against your skin, a painful kind of itch. Except I didn't have that against my skin so there was nothing that I could brush off my skin to make the feeling stop. But hey my "mentor" has informed me that this isn't a real problem (rolls eyes, see my blog from today), so it is all good right?!

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BEWITCHED_26 10/24/2013 12:18PM

    Oh no! An allergy would have been so much easier!! Fingers crossed you figure it all out soon!!

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PLAINJANEDOE 10/23/2013 9:20AM

    Thanks, BusyBee - I did look into pressure hives because the first day that my hives really went nuts, I had hives around everywhere that my clothing "rubbed" - even in areas, such as waistline, that are not particularly tight. As a result I ended up investing in some "pressure free" bras (which are wonderful). But when I spoke with the allergist about them he suggested that I did not show most of the characteristic symptomology (i.e. patterns of where hives do and don't appear). I have become much more careful, however, about things like you mentioned - resting forearms on desk, "storing" ponytail holders on my wrists (which I have stopped doing altogether), etc. I have also totally changed my wardrobe to primarily scrubs (as opposed to before when I would alternate between wearing scrubs, jeans, leggings) at work. (I am lucky that my job is one where it is normal to wear just scrubs haha.) Just speculation - my hives would be worse without these precautions.

I appreciate your suggestion, though, and especially the information about Zyrtec withdrawal. I had never heard of that! My goodness.

By the way, I hope that your hives have gone away and you are feeling much better now?

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BUSYBEE37 10/23/2013 8:53AM

    Look into "pressure hives" it has an official 26+ letter name, but basically they come about when you have on something such as elastic on your sleeves, when you rest your arm against a desk corner, loop plastic bags over your arms, etc. I'm no Dr, but it won't hurt to check into it.

I had a horrible time when I went off of Zyrtec. The itchiness and hives about drove me nuts and I had to use Benadryl until my body settled down again. It's something about Zyrtec that causes withdrawal symptoms in certain people. I'm one of the 'lucky' ones that have it.

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