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An Unwanted Return...

Apparently the beasties that are hives never actually fully went away. I had thought that they had. I had hoped. But they have not. Approximately 2 hours after I fall asleep, since about Friday, I’ve been waking up pretty itchy. The last two nights, parts of me have had hives resurface. This is not a happy making thing right before the cruise.

I am taking precautions, to narrow down my suspicions, in order to isolate what could be causing it. I really have no clue. I DO know the room is a dust magnet, and I cannot keep it clean enough as far as that goes. It seems like every time I have the dust under control, twice as much shows up. And, I half suspect it’s all because of my down feather pillow top. I don’t get the hives until I go to bed.

Tonight, the feather pillow top, as much as it pains me because that thing is very comfortable, will be set out to leave with the garbage. I’ll be getting a new pillow top for my bed. I think, in the long run, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

I am quite upset that it’s decided to manifest itself right before the cruise. Waking up 2 hours of sleeping to ice myself down is not something I want to do on the boat. So, I am rather hoping, praying and pleading that working on the two precautions above makes it go away entirely. In any case, I’m going to make time to follow up with a doctor once I get back from the Caribbean.

This year has been a very craptastic year; friends getting sick, friends getting their hearts broken, getting sick myself, cat dying and people I know, and love moving away.

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haloedone
Nov. 14th, 2007 03:23 pm (UTC)
I have a dust allergy (albeit rather minor). When I went to an allergist earlier this year, they gave me a list of things to do for my sheets/clothing/whatever that might help you.

1. Wash sheets/whatever in bleach (color safe is fine) frequently.
2. The allergy is really to dust mite (their feces is what most folks are allergic to) which live on skin flakes. To kill dust mites, hanging your sheets to dry (sunshine) will kill them. Alternatively, freezing will also kill them.

This works for pillows, blankets, mattress, whatever (all of the above are good to do periodically for allergies). If you don't want to throw something out, try those first.
jessypi
Nov. 15th, 2007 03:49 am (UTC)
I would try haloedone's suggestion. Can't hurt.

Allergies are nothing to mess around with and hives can be horrible.

*hughugs* Luck in solving this medical mystery (call Dr. House)
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