(Closed) Wacky Allergic Reaction? Looking for opinions.

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
6015 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

Have you taken Zyertek or benedryl ? That could help with the itching.   I would also scrub down where the tree was, and maybe get a humidifier, sounds like your house could be really dry would would aggrevate things.

Is there an urgent care center?  I’d try to find one of those, they are a shorter wait than the ER, I HATE going to ER because it takes so long. 

Post # 5
10603 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

If you’re not having any serious allergy symptoms like issues breathing I don’t see the point of you going to the ER or urgent care.  Is there a clinic open on weekends you could go to?

Post # 6
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Where all did the pine needles hit? My advice is to deep clean anything they may have come in contact with…and everything else. Wash your sheets, clothes, blankets, etc to prevent further exposure. Stop shaving your legs until the rash goes away (trust me, you don’t want any other irritation!) and keep taking the benadryl…as often as you can. Try some hydrocortisone lotion on any areas with a rash. +1 for the humidifier, too! Can’t hurt, and might possibly help a lot…

If you start getting facial swelling or any respiratory symptoms (shortness of breath, etc), go to the ER ASAP. If not, you can probably wait to see a doctor on Monday! 

Post # 7
2 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

Honestly, this sounds like it could be eczema. You’d have to talk to a doctor to know for sure though. Mine came about in almost exactly the same way.

Post # 8
13294 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Unless you’re having heart or breathing issues, or anything other life threatening reactions, I’d avoid the ER.  That’s for actual emergencies, and the reason the wait time is so long is that people go there for non-emeregency care. 

Call your primary care doctor (they have to have an after-hours line) and ask the doctor on call what their advice is.  Unfortunately, asking a bunch of well-meaning strangers on the internet isn’t going to get you too far, since we don’t know your medical history.

Post # 9
1266 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2019

It certainly sounds like you’re have a reaction to something in your house. Allergies can start at any time, and when your body is allergic to a substance it can hit you like a train. I’m very allergic to cats, and sometimes I can’t even go inside someone’s house if they have one because my eyes face will swell and my eyes will water like crazy.

But, you said that this is only a skin problem. So a skin condition is possible as well. I highly suggest Cortisone-10 for the itching, and you can get it without a prescription. My advice to nip the itching in the bud is to immediately hop in the shower and wash off the irritant–hopefully–and make sure you put on clean, washed clothes and then put on some medication to relieve the itch.

@Dialysate:  I agree, also clean your house and get ride of all the pine needles see if that helps.

However, if this problem persists and keeps spreading, you will probably need some stronger stuff and might need to get it from the doctor. I know how much it sucks to have itchy skin. I have chronic dermatitis and my SO has psoriasis. 

Post # 11
750 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

Post a picture of the rash! I may be able to help identify it for you.

Post # 15
1733 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If it persists past the time of the tree, I suggest changing your soap or body wash, and maybe also your laundry detergent.

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