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Red itchy stinging bumps after epilating/tweezing

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Old 08-20-2005, 06:49 PM   #1
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Unhappy Red itchy stinging bumps after epilating/tweezing

Hi all,

Almost a month ago, I had red itchy patches on my back that kept moving around my body - appearing at one location, then at another -- they were like mosquito bites, red, itchy bumps.

A colleague at work said it might be hives -- I had had egg a day ago after a very long time and she suggested that might be the cause. I went to a drugstore, talked with the pharmacist there, who also said the same thing and suggested an anti-allergen for hives. The patches disappeared shortly after taking the medication. This was Tuesday.

On Saturday, I epilated - a routine I've been following every three weeks for close to four years. By the time I had reached my thighs, moving up from my ankles, the area below my knee was full of small red raised bumps that were itching like crazy. I thought it might be a case of a dirty epilator, and cleaned it with alcohol before proceeding further. I did both my legs thinking it was nothing but some allergy. I had to put ice on my legs just to calm down the skin. The red bumps started resembling mosquito bites after a while, and then went away. I was puzzled but not worried. Till the same thing happened again when I tweezed my eyebrows and upper lip last week. I called up the advice nurse and all she told me was that it's possibly an ongoing case of hives - I should continue taking the medication and everything will be alright.

I have read so much about hives now and no where does any literature mention tweezing or pulling hair causing this kind of a reaction. I have never had this problem before in all these years and I don't know what to make of it. I started epilating again today, and I could not do more than half my leg before the red rashes appeared again. They itched horribly for a while and now 45 minutes later, they appear as fading mosquiot bites without redness and itching...Any ideas what this might be?

By the way, it seems like I'm having hives every time I have anything that has egg in it. I'm a vegetarian, not vegan, and have never reacted to egg adversely before.

This might be two different things, or one thing -- I'm not sure. But I am looking for answers.

Thank you, in advance, for any insights you can provide.

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