Posted 3/21/2007 3:05 PM (GMT -6)
I am from the fibro forum but have a question for any of you allergy experts here--about a week and a half ago, I began using some new products on my face (fairly expensive) you know, a cleanser and a moisturizer night cream. A week ago today, we had such a beautiful warm day, almost 80 degrees and I spent it outside with my grandchildren. The next day, I noticed my skin was a bit irritated so I stopped with the new face products. This didn't seem to help at all so I am thinking, it probably wasn't that. Now I have hives all over my face and I itch all over my entire body.
I am taking a mild antihistamine that is helping a little bit. I take bp and other meds but have been taking them for a fairly long period of time so I doubt if they are the culprit. I did switch detergents about a week ago but I usually have no problem as long as I don't use more than directed. I use a fabric softener too which is one of the newer perfumey types, so right now I am in the process of rewashing my sheets, towels and other things to see if there is any improvement. I am using different detergent and no softener.
Here is my question to any of you--I live in an area populated with trees. Maples and oaks, I understand can cause alot of allergy problems, especially from the time they form buds until the leaves are out. In fact, I have noticed some mild effects before--itchiness and dry taunt skin. Could this be related to a tree pollen do you think? Of course there is probably alot of mold out there as well as the ground is extremely wet.
I am not asking for a diagnosis, only some experienced guesses, if you will. If it is the detergent, that is easy. But if it doesn't go away or it gets worse, I will have to see a doctor. I have had allergies most of my life but they aren't extreme. The two I have been concerned with the most is penicillin and latex, for obvious reasons. Unfortunately with FMS, everything becomes "amplified" and often allergies do get worse. This is really annoying, to say the least. I just want to do whatever I can before I see a doctor (if necessary) so I can get a little head start on things. I have not changed any soaps or shampoos. I use oatmeal soap on my face, a moisturizer , Complex 15, and Ponds cold cream. Any one have any advice??