[Homestead] hives-type reaction
crazygardens at verizon.net
Mon Aug 25 17:59:37 EDT 2008
It stinks, doesn't it? I am also one of these break-out-from-everything
people. Raspberries are my big bane. If I get prickled, I react just like
poison ivy only it doesn't spread, but it itches worse, takes longer to go
away and leaves little round scars that take months to fade. If I eat
something with raspberries in it, my lips, tongue, throat and eyes swell up.
My big salvation are anti-histamines. As soon as I notice a reaction to
something starting, I pop a anti-histamine and it kills it in it's tracks.
Usually only one is enough to do the trick. For really big reactions, I
keep a stash of hydroxyzine hcl. Very expensive. Prescription only (it's an
addictive narcotic). It's about 20$ and ounce, but I only need about half
a teaspoon at a time. It really knocks me on my ass. And it works far past
it's expiration date. <g> I only use this when I feel my eyes and throat
swelling up badly. Works for my bee sting reactions too (yippee), and much
cheaper than a trip to the ER. However, for the run of the mill hives and
swelling, just plain cheapo generic over-the-counter anti-histamines do the
trick. Good luck.
> Hey gang,
> This seems to be the season for hives, as some of us have them this
> This is the third time in a couple weeks that I'm experiencing an itching
> rash after gardening. I tend to take my gloves often, particularly when
> picking vegetables or fruit. I don't like gardening gloves but wear them
> I picked zucchini last week and probably touched a couple of the leaves
> which had little spikes on them. Not two minutes later, I developed this
> hive-like reaction up and down the arm and hand. Itched like hell. I
> with Burt's Bees Poison Ivy soap and whatever it was subsided over the
> 30 minutes until gone.
> Then had a similar reaction after picking tomatoes, but not nearly as bad.
> This afternoon, while picking peaches, I made the mistake of rubbing my
> after I'd picked a bunch (gloves off). Sure enough, there came the hives.
> Rushed in and washed my whole neck with the soap again. My neck is bright
> red and still itches but I can tell that whatever the reaction is, it's
> already subsiding.
> Need to go pick tomatoes again and I'll keep the gloves on. It's habit to
> take them off and shove them in my pocket.
> Has anyone experienced something like this? Is this new, funky
> I'm developing just the side benefit of being another year older?
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