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    Old 11-06-2019, 07:56 AM   #1
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    Allergic to my own bedroom???

    Hello,

    For about a week I've been having really itchy skin in my 1BR apartment. The funny part is that it's more prevalent in my bedroom. I don't cough or sneeze but my skin and now eyes are very itchy. I would get it around my bedsheets at first which was a real bummer; I washed them in really hot water to kill off any dust mites but that didn't work. It seems that anything that it comes in contact with just makes me itch, including a few of my jackets. I don't feel it when I'm outside my place, just inside and I've had to sleep on my couch for the past week because its not as bad. Still mild irritation. My doctor told me to just moisturize using an Eczema approved lotion which I have purchased and used a liberally but still hasn't stopped. I've been taking Zyrtec, bathing several times a day, sprayed down my room with rubbing alcohol, washed the sheets and still nothing. It's like I start itching as soon as I step into my bedroom in particular.

    Does anyone here have any idea what this could be. My only symptom is excessive itching all over my body.

     
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    Old 11-06-2019, 10:42 AM   #2
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    Hi Chris78745,

    Do you have any pets? Have you been around any cats or dogs? You didn't mention it, but those animals carry fleas, as everyone knows. Could you be allergic to your laundry detergent? I had a rash on my inner leg once, and all it would do was itch. I found out it was my body wash that was the culprit. I know you have tried everything you can to get the bedroom clean, but there is more to it than that. I hope you find the answer, all I can do is suggest what products could be making you itch

     
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    Old 11-06-2019, 10:48 AM   #3
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    Re: Allergic to my own bedroom???

    If it's eczema then it's not an allergy. It's an autoimmune disorder. Your skin's immune system over reacts to dryness. Did the doctor diagnose you as having eczema? If so, did he/she say what kind of eczema it was?

     
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    Old 11-06-2019, 10:58 AM   #4
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    Hi Chris78745,

    Do you have any pets? Have you been around any cats or dogs? You didn't mention it, but those animals carry fleas, as everyone knows. Could you be allergic to your laundry detergent? I had a rash on my inner leg once, and all it would do was itch. I found out it was my body wash that was the culprit. I know you have tried everything you can to get the bedroom clean, but there is more to it than that. I hope you find the answer, all I can do is suggest what products could be making you itch

    Hi,

    No pets. I have been using the same laundry detergent for about 3 years. I have hardwood floors and sprayed it down with a diluted solution of alcohol
    and water and then went over it with my swiffer.

     
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    If it's eczema then it's not an allergy. It's an autoimmune disorder. Your skin's immune system over reacts to dryness. Did the doctor diagnose you as having eczema? If so, did he/she say what kind of eczema it was?

    No the doctor didn't say I have Eczema but to use a powerful moisturizer which is funny because I fancy myself a man who moisturizes routinely, mostly my arms and legs but I was getting itches there and my belly, chest and back, even my neck.

    I do want to say that a cold front recently came into Austin, TX and that kind of coincides with the symptoms but at the very least my bedroom is super clean.

    Any other suggestions that could help me? I'm really miserable.

     
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    Old 11-06-2019, 12:48 PM   #6
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    Re: Allergic to my own bedroom???

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    ... I don't feel it when I'm outside my place, just inside and I've had to sleep on my couch for the past week because its not as bad. Still mild irritation. ...
    You could be having a reaction to the chemicals in your sheet and bed. Is fabric softener used on your sheets? Are your sheets washed in the same detergent as your clothes. If so, then it rules out the detergent, since you don't seem to be reacting to your clothes.

    Mattresses are notorious for being manufactured with all kinds of toxic chemicals. Since you feel better on your couch, you don't seem to be as sensitive to the chemicals that make up your couch.

    Of the thousands and thousands of chemicals that are used in our bedding, clothes and furniture, almost none of them have been tested to determine their effect on humans and pets.

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    Re: Allergic to my own bedroom???

    Have you spent anytime with anyone who does have pets? Or bedbugs or fleas? You might not even be aware of it...but they travel on coats and on your clothes and you could bring them into your house without knowing it.

    I would look into having a professional check your house for bedbugs or fleas..

    You never know what traveled in with you and from what you are saying, its only happening in your bed and on your coat? That sounds like something that is biting you.
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    Old 11-06-2019, 08:34 PM   #8
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    Re: Allergic to my own bedroom???

    Any changes in the apartments above, below or adjacent to yours?

     
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