Hives from soap?

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  1. almostthere

    almostthere Well-Known Member

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    My husband went hunting today. When I washed his clothes the other night i used a different brand of laundry soap and now he's got hives. The new brand is 'Scent Killer Clothing wash' and it was the only thing I could find at that hour. It does say to rinse twice after washing and I know I did that on some of the clothes but I don't remember them all, most likely I didnt. Now he comes home early, itching to beat all and covered in hives. They are even in his mouth, but he took a benedry and he says they are going away in there. I also got him some Benedryl cream and that he says is helping. He's asleep now, and I'm checking his breathing every half hour or so. That man isn't allergic to a single thing, not even poison ivy. I wondered if he got into something in the woods today but he would have had to waller in it, to get the hives where he does. We went out and got his old soap, which we have used for years w/o problems and I get to rewash everything. Its gonna be a long night. And no, he didnt get anything today...he's waiting for a buck and this morning he simply couldn't sit still. If it gets worse, well be heading to the er....has anyone else had problems with this brand or are we just odd?
     
  2. Ann-NWIowa

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    I hope you didn't do the sheets, pillowcases, etc. that he's using. Hives in the mouth usually mean you should go to the emergency room. Yes, laundry detergent can cause hives. Been there done that. The worst is when you are so careful to use the same detergent then the manufacturer changes the formula. Does he have them on his body only where his clothes touched? If he has them on his face too, it might be something he ate. Or it might be an allergy from field chemicals. They can accumulate in the weeds in the fence rows all season. Also, in Iowa the farmers are now in the fields putting down fall chemicals...so maybe he was into fresh chemicals. Hope he's better soon.
     

  3. almostthere

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    No, it was just his hunting clothes. Its splotchy but its cold here and he was completely covered in his clothes. None on his face, hands or scalp. he did mention eating some kind of low carb sandwhich at Blimpys but that was yesterday, and the hives didnt start until today. This was on privatly owned property that is not being farmed and neither is the adjoining property. I thought about chemicals too. I just woke him up and he says the ones in his mouth have gone down a great deal. i'll keep checking tho. He's also prone to heat rash but this doesnt look like any of his heat rashes. thanks for youre reply.
     
  4. Gayle in KY

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    I get hives like that from cold weather (but it has to be really cold- below 0). I've, also, gotten them from soap.
     
  5. BamaSuzy

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    I am extremely allergic to many many things. If any hives continue in his mouth he needs to go to the ER or to a doctor ASAP! You know you can stop breathing from stuff like this! I know!

    We can only use one type of detergent; I can only use one type of soap; one type of shampoo, etc. Even just one kind of toothpaste!

    And I have to watch EVERYTHING I eat, drink, wear, smell, etc. I keep an Ep-pen (shot of adrenalin) with me at all times in case I have a severe reaction....

    He may need to be checked if this happens again even if it doesn't turn severe because you can use something for years and then suddenly have an allergic reaction to it!

    My allergies are "managed" now and I continue to homestead, even grooming and cutting the hair on my Angora rabbits (which I'm also allergic too) but you just have to be careful! best wishes to you and your husband!
     
  6. TXlightningbug

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    Oh, how I feel for him! Yes, the soap can be the cause. My Mom became allergic to Tide. :no: I'm not allergic to poison ivy, but I react to muscle relaxants and fever reducers - even Penicillin. Hives is no fun and it can spread from the mouth to the throat! I know because I ended up in ER with it for doing just that. :eek:

    Have him take some more Benadryl when he gets up in the AM and do rewash everything. Chuck that soap into a donation box somewhere. And make note of what is in that soap before you do so you can compare it with what you usually do use. Try to determine what the ingrediant(s) might be that triggered his reaction so you don't buy any other soap with that ingrediant in it in the future. It's a process of elimination. Good luck!

    TXlightningbug :yeeha:
     
  7. almostthere

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    Well after a few hours of him thinking the stuff in his mouth was going away, it suddenly got worse. He went in at 2am and the er dr gave him a shot and 2 RX's. When he left he looked like he had a nasty sunburn. It's splotchy again, and he's in bed. We both lost a lot of sleep over this. At least he has control over the itching, but he's gonna have to use a topical ointment for itching when he goes back to work b/c the RX puts him to sleep. The pharmacy said not to use hydrocortizone, so the benedryl cream we have would be ok.
     
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    Bama Suzy I know what you mean about allergies comming on suddenly. Here I am, 31 yrs old and 2 kids and all of a sudden I'm sensative to latex. And I found out in the worst way...the band aid took some skin when I removed it. The dr said oh you must be sensative and Im thinking how the heck did that happen? And my thing with milk seems to have gone away, or maybe I found a brand I can tolerate, so thats a good trade off.
     
  9. StinkerBell

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    Something to think about, if his hunting gear has latex in it and if so is he allergic to latex? I do believe that gortex and latex share the same properties too...


    Good Luck
     
  10. outofmire

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    Speaking of hives, have any of you had daily breakouts for a period of time....like a month or so.....only to have them leave as mysteriously as they came. I've had daily outbreaks for a month and a half....haven't done anything different. It seems like it's always a new area everyday. I'm not too worried about it; this happened once before when I was a teenager, lasted for a month and went away for 14 years. Weird though.
     
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    Well, atleast i'm not alone with my allergies. Finally went for a breathing test today, because sometime my chest is tight (don't worry i have a great ticker) and low and behold after seeing an allergy specialist for years, my own general practioner tests found that i may have mild asthma. I'll find out more when i see him. I'm allergic to everything.

    Does anyone else get itchy arms from their allergies?


    I think it's the dust in my house that's making them go crazy, i've been putting ice packs on them at night and that really helps. I'm also working with hubby on getting rid of the dust - we have hot air heat and it sucks when it comes to creating dust! I also have started to take down and wash all my curtains.

    I hope he gets better real soon.
     
  12. almostthere

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    he's doing better a little every day. The benedryl doesnt work well for him at work, so he's miserable when he gets home, until he can take one of the little green pills that make him feel nice and sleepy:). I re washed his hunting clothes in our reg detergent to get all the other detergent out, then rinsed twice, and then again washed in plain water, rinsing twice again. Then washed with the hunting soap we know he's not allergic to, then rinsed twice again. Some of the hives on his chest look like a big red bruise, and his back breaks out when he gets hot. This is a first for either of us, so one day at a time I guess. Thanks for all the well wishing, we're all feeling a lot better now, believe or not. His mouth is all cleared up too. He thinks he must have touched his call on his clothes to get that in his mouth. He's got a new one that hangs down low.
     
  13. sundew

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    One day, mysterously my body erupted in hives. Didn't know what it was. Never found cause. For 7 months, yup, 7 months, they came to a different section for 24 hours, changed places. I went to Dr. and everything. I went totally organic, and for an experiment/desperation time, I cleaned out my tiny bedroom and almost stayed 24/7 for 2 weeks-nope, they just kept coming. Took all kinds of RX/over-counter. Clarinex was my savior. It was prescription then-very very expensive (now over-counter and not costly either), but it was the only thing that would make the itch go away. I lost my job cause I couldn't concentrate.
    Really watch out for the mouth/thoat-ALL THE TIME. I had to put a wooden spoon down my thoat to re-open it-I was alone and live far away from anyone.

    Clarinex doesn't make everyone sleepy- I couldn't sleep. Could be that I never went outside. Everytime I did-the hives just started all over again(my whole body). It went away as fast as it came-never found out why.

    My prayers will include your hubby
    sundew