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unrelenting itching

Posted In: Allergies 4 Replies
  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • January 27, 2007
  • 09:53 AM

I am a 40 y/o male, I went to the Dr. Monday the 22nd with these symptoms-
swollen fingers and knuckles, and severely (I really can't stress how bad this itch is) itching hands and fingers, and nothing OTC seemed to help. I tried Benedryl capsules, hydrocortisone cream, Benedryl cream, cold compress and soaks. After visiting with the Dr. he surmised that I had developed an allergic reaction to some shrimp I had eaten on Friday the 19th. He prescribed singular 10mg 1x daily, cimetidine 400mg 2x daily, and zyrtec 10mg 1x daily. The symptoms stopped almost immediately upon starting these meds.

Here's my problem, it's 3:40 AM on Saturday a week after eating the shrimp, the symptoms are back, and the script the Dr. gave me was for only 5 days. I have not eaten anymore seafood, and this itching in my hands is keeping me from sleeping.

My question is. If this was a reaction to shrimp eaten on 1/19/07 should the reaction still be present on 1/29/07? Also, is it safe to assume that since the prescribed meds seemed to alleviate the problem that it is indeed an allergic reaction to something?

My eating habits have not changed, I have tried nothing new. My environment has not changed either, no new soaps, detergents, etc.

Thoughts, suggestions? Any help would be deeply appreciated.

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  • Hey Tom, Read my thread (hoping- chronic hives)...my experience with hives, and everything that I have tried to kill it with!!! I hope it helps...and I wish the itchiness to go away...
    hoping 6 Replies
    • February 9, 2007
    • 04:54 AM
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  • By any chance did you get a fire ant bite? Down here they're everywhere and they cause an unbearable itch. So bad that I caused an infection. :(
    AshleyHH 45 Replies
    • February 12, 2007
    • 05:24 AM
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  • i have many severe allergies, one of which happens to be shrimp. I know for a fact that you could not have a reaction to a food you ate days ago. Most doctors know next to nothing about allergies. BUT, if you had managed to touch some juice from the shrimp somehow, that could trigger a reaction easily. I know that when i ate shrimp or came into contact with it, my jaw was one of the first things to break out, not may hands.
    IslandGirl26 7 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 07:04 PM
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  • I'd have to agree that my allergic reactions to i.e. shrimp usually occurs immediately and I get gastrointestinal cramps and diahhrea. :o (don't ask)TomFCould you have been in contact with (hands-wise) some chemical from either a raw food (like chili peppers) or cleaning detergents? If it got into your through your skin via a cut, it could cause a serious reaction. Just a thought. :cool:
    AshleyHH 45 Replies
    • February 13, 2007
    • 08:33 PM
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