What in my new apartment is making my skin itch?
August 14, 2009 8:53 AM Subscribe
Am I allergic to my apartment? If not it, what?
posted by lxs to Health & Fitness (21 answers total)
I moved two weeks ago and about one week after being in the new apartment, my legs started to itch like crazy below the knee. Every once in awhile my arms will itch as well, but it's mostly the legs. There is no rash, but occasionally I lose it and itch until the skin is bumpy or bleeds. I am almost positive this is because of something in my apartment, because I don't really have this problem when I'm at work or stay at my boyfriend's apartment.
I've tried switching to a hypoallergenic detergent, washing all my bedding, and cleaning up dust, etc. The apartment was very clean when we moved in and, as previously stated, I went a solid week without having problems. All the things in the apartment were things I had at my previous place with no problems.
My question is whether anyone else has had this sort of inexplicable problem or whether either of my two somewhat out there explanations have any validity:
first, I sit on my bed a lot to study/ready/use my laptop, at which point my legs are exposed to to my comforter below the knee. I've had the comforter for about two years and have never had any problems, but is it possible I spontaneously developed a down allergy when I moved to my new apartment? If so, will dry cleaning the comforter help?
secondly, my air conditioner is about ten feet away from the building next door, where the apartment across the airshaft from mine is abandoned and home to many pigeons and, I would imagine, pretty gross conditions. They sit on the window sill a lot and so I thought maybe this was contaminating the air in my room. This, however, seems like a stretch as it doesn't explain why the itch is contained to specific areas. I also feel like the apartment couldn't realistically be that gross since other people are living in the building.
Other than this, I am at an absolute loss. I have a roommate and she hasn't had any of these symptoms. I've never had problems with allergies, aside from a mild cat allergy. I live in a city where there's a considerable wait to see a dermatologist and so thought I'd give this a try first.
Thanks in advance!