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Return of the Human Chipmunk [May. 24th, 2008|11:03 am]
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The good news is that my mouth is healing just fine. It's still a little swollen and aches a fair amount but it's quite manageable.

The bad news is that I have what looks like an allergy rash over my entire body. Red, puffy in places, tender, itchy and altogether evil. My best guess is that that's exactly what it is -- that my reaction to the hydrocodone earlier in the week left me hypersensitive to allergens that my body would normally deal with as a matter of course. I could be wrong.

The current plan is to muddle through the weekend as best I can, stay dosed up on Benadryl, and then bother the doctor about it at my followup appointment on Tuesday. If it gets any worse I'll page whomever is on call this weekend. I haven't been this uncomfortable since I had chicken pox lo-these-many-moons-ago.

I know some of you reading this have fairly serious allergy problems. What do you do when something like this strikes?


[User Picture]From: gconnor
2008-05-24 05:17 pm (UTC)
I don't have allergies really at all, but I have heard that for most allergic reactions, you can take Benadryl or some over the counter anti-histamine. Shouldn't hurt anyway...

good luck!
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[User Picture]From: cflute
2008-05-24 06:34 pm (UTC)
Epsom salts in a cool bath? Caladryl applied to itchy parts? Either might help...
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[User Picture]From: esmerel
2008-05-24 09:25 pm (UTC)
There's oatmeal bath stuff at most drugstores (and probably most groceries also) that help with the itching, otherwise, yeah, benadryl :/
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[User Picture]From: tyee
2008-05-24 09:26 pm (UTC)
Hydrocortisone cream applied to the itchy parts may help. You can also take claritin.

Hope it gets sorted out soon!

Edited at 2008-05-24 09:26 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: noricum
2008-05-24 09:51 pm (UTC)
Urgh! Luckily I haven't had something like that. (Well, not since I was a baby.) It sounds like the reaction my great uncle had to sulpha drugs. We applied calamine lotion to every part of his body. :P

If Benadryl makes you sleepy, try claratin, reactine, or allegra.

Basically, your body has an overdose of histamine, that will probably flare up due to any small irritation. Take it easy, take antihistamines, and try to avoid anything that might make the situation worse. If you notice *any* difficulty breathing, call 911.
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[User Picture]From: potato_pope
2008-05-24 10:11 pm (UTC)
Everything I had to add has already been said, so I have written my reply and sent it to the Department of Redundancy Department for triple filing.
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[User Picture]From: turnberryknkn
2008-05-24 11:01 pm (UTC)
Ack! Sorry to hear.

Are you sure it's "just" an allergy? I really would give whomever is on call this weekend a call. After all, it doesn't actually cost anything to make that phone call -- and there's one or two things on the list of things this might be that would be worth having a doctor see sooner rather than later.

Hope you feel better soon.
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[User Picture]From: goldenlily
2008-05-25 12:01 am (UTC)
Oatmeal and cool baths help. Other than that I take Zyrtec, nothing else really works. You should be worried if your face is swollen, so if it is call someone.
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-25 12:17 am (UTC)
My face is in decent shape; the only swelling is where my wisdom teeth used to be and the glands under my jaw ache.

Jeff, silly as this may sound, I don't want to inconvenience the doctor on call any more than I have to. I've already got an appointment for Tuesday afternoon and with the holiday weekend the only place that's open is urgent care.

If this gets any worse, or even just fails to get better, I'll page him tomorrow afternoon and see what he says.
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[User Picture]From: callicrates
2008-05-25 12:18 am (UTC)
I really must remember to log in before I comment.
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[User Picture]From: ovrclokd
2008-05-27 11:02 pm (UTC)
prednisone! unless you're allergic. i got into a nest of chiggers while blackberry-picking in shorts and ended up with 40+ chigger bites in my nether regions... benadryl did nothing whatsoever for me, and after two days of fending off the burning desire to remove my epidermis with a wire brush, i gave in and got a prednisone taper. totally whacked the itchy.

also, you poor thing! *hug*
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