Allergy Med (Allegra) and bite reactions(3 posts)
I don't know for a fact that I have bedbugs, but I have been exposed to a heavy infestation at work on a daily basis. Once I realized that the bugs were there, I started taking precautions. I have been checking at home on a regular basis, but often sleep in a dark colored recliner so may be hard to see. I made an active monitor and haven't caught anything. I haven't had any bites, but now I question them which leads me to this category. Yesterday at work as changing clothes I found one nymph stuck to my sock--I think it was dead, but I found new evidence of them in my patients linens and bed earlier in the day.
I woke up about 5 this morning, Itching on my hands/wrists and feet..seems like from what I could feel the skin was a little raised in small bumps..but I looked and I couldn't see anything. I also noticed my usual allergy sinus symptoms were returning, the Allegra I took 22 hours earlier was wearing off. So I took another. In about an hour the itching stopped.
I am wondering if any of you have had experience with antihistamines/allergy meds and bites? I wonder if I really am being bitten and just don't react because I take the medicine on a regular basis? Could I have been bitten at work and not home?
Normally when not on the medication I barely react to mosquito bites, but have been bitten by fleas and chiggers before and thought I was going nuts with itching. Not sure how this compares to bed bug bites, but I guess what I am saying is I would expect to react.
This is something I would love more responses too as it is my concern as well. I was exposed to a hostel with bed bugs a little over a month ago and I've been having bites, although I am still looking for signs. My bites are so small that it's hard for me to even know if it's a bite or not on some parts of my body and they really do not itch most of the time. On my hands, I have a few that definitely must be bites since they've been there quite a while now and I've never had anything like them on my hand before. Same with my arm. On the rest of my body it's more complicated though because I don't have clear skin. However, I take Allegra every day for hives so I have no idea if maybe it is holding back a reaction to the bites. Who knows. My dilemma though is that if I stop taking the allegra and start getting the hives back, how will I tell the difference half the time? ugh.
I did an experiment this morning, although my sinus symptoms were terrible, I held off four hours on taking Allegra, I had nothing..no itch, no raised marks, red marks etc. My symptoms may have been psychosomatic because of the large exposure the day before at work.
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