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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 12:06 pm 
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Hello,

I am new to this forum and new to allergies in general. I'm 26 and have lived what I believe to be an allergy free life thus far. However, I recently bought a new house (in October) and shortly thereafter, got a puppy (in November) and recently have been noticing some allergy like symptoms. I've noticed that when I’m home (and only when I’m home) I itch almost constantly all over my body for the first hour or so after arriving home or after I take a shower. This isn't just a little itch that if you ignore it, it will eventually go away. It’s the kind of itch that makes you seriously consider jumping in a vat of acid for relief. I simply do not have enough appendages to quell the itch. I sometimes get little tiny bumps on my arms and legs.

I don't think it's an allergy to pet dander as I have had dogs all my life growing up. The house is very clean, and there is only carpet in the upstairs bedrooms, the rest is hardwood floors. I have no other symptoms other than itching. I don't think it's my laundry detergent, shampoo, body wash etc. because I only notice it when I’m in my house. Symptoms seem to subside when I take an antihistamine. In an attempt to rule out the dog, I taped a clump of her hair to the inside of my arm for about half an hour to see if a rash would form. I'd say the results were inconclusive. Anyone have a similar experience or any suggestions?

Thanks!!

Mike


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 17, 2014 4:06 pm 
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Hi there, welcome to the site. I'm sorry to hear about your frustrating experience. I don't have first hand experience, but I think in your position, I would go see an allergist / dermatologist to get tested for possible irritants - mold, dust mite, etc?. Both are specialists that require a family doctor's referral (if you're in Canada). Not sure if some family doctors would do the testing themselves, but might have other advice. Hope you get it resolved quickly!

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:07 pm 
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Thanks for the reply! I have made an appointment with my GP for the middle of next week. Has anyone had a similar experience in the past?


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 12:22 pm 
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Could humidity be an issue? When we don't have our humidifier on my skin dries out and becomes itchy very quickly, the kind of itch that you describe. If I am in a dry building I begin to itch quickly, and get red bumps from itching too much. This is particularly problematic in winter, when it becomes too cold to turn on the humidifier (because it forms ice on the windows).

Vacationing in humid places makes a world of difference.

Alas, if humidity isn't an issue, then I'll have to second the comment about moulds and dust, or perhaps chemical off-gassing in your new house that may be irritating your skin. Did you have the carpets cleaned, wood floors resurfaced, fresh paint, etc.?

Hopefully your GP will have some answers or refer you to a dermatologist or allergist.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 2:42 pm 
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Well, I can't say that it's very humid in my house, and I certainly can't say that my skin isn't dry. In the beginning, I suspected that this might be the result of dry skin, so I put moisturizer on the left half of my body for about a week, and there was no difference. Also, I feel like if it were a dry skin issue, I would be experiencing symptoms outside of my home as well.

When we moved in, the house was basically swept clean; the carpets weren't shampooed and the floors weren't re-surfaced. I did however re-paint one of the rooms in the basement. Perhaps I’ll paint half of my body with some of the left over paint as an experiment. :goodidea

I guess I'll just have to see what my GP says.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:15 am 
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I was thinking abut the chemicals from the carpet cleaning, floor resurfacing, or fresh new paint everywhere causing irritation. But if you didn't do any of that then those ideas can be thrown out the window.

Best of luck with the GP appointment.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 20, 2014 12:27 pm 
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Argh! It can be so unnerving when allergies crop up with no obvious source! :frightened

It happens upon arriving home or getting out of the shower...

New soap?

Could it have to do with the change in temperature? You don't notice when you arrive at work say?

Sometimes allergies show up when we are dealing with a lot of stress or getting over an illness. Moving and the arrival of a puppy would definitely fall into this category. It might subside once life gets back to normal.

Definitely see your Dr.

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