Why is my apartment so itchy?!
December 5, 2012 9:31 PM Subscribe
What is making me, my husband, and (potentially) my cat super itchy in our new apartment? It's clean, there's only one carpeted room, and none of us have any bug bites to speak of.
I just moved to a new home in Chicago. It's an un-renovated vintage brick 4-flat from the 1920's. It's generally amazing, but since we've settled in, I, my husband, and my cat have been itchy to the point that we're all feeling a bit crazed.
Very likely related but not 100% sure: The cat started on hyperthyroidism medicine a week before the move. When we got here 10 days ago, she barfed times infinity for a couple of days to such an extent that I contacted the landlord to make sure that there was no cleaner/poison that she may have gotten into (answer=no). After a couple of days, she was back to her old self: eating, drinking, and hanging out as normal. In the last two days, however (over two weeks since starting the Methimazole), she's been scratching at her ear area to the point of creating small scabs. There's been no upping of the meds since the move if that makes any difference, but nevertheless I'm willing to take her back to the vet before our next check-up (she goes back next weekend anyway if not now), but I'm wondering if there's an over-arching theme...
My husband and I have also been insanely itchy. Can't sleep through the night itchy. As in, when I brought it up to him, he responded with "Thank God! You too?! I thought I was going crazy!"
It's definitely affecting our exposed parts (legs, arms, back, necks, face, and tummy areas) more than the covered-up parts, and it's definitely mutual.
Possible contributing factors:
- We have steam heat, which is quite hot when it's going, but it's been a mild winter so far and it's been off all but one or two days since we've been here;
- There's one room that's carpeted (new to us- we've never done carpet) but it's not the room that we sleep in;
- The building is old, and while it's been kept up, I think the rest of the tenants have been around for a long time. Not sure what's going on in the basement/other units.
-We're on the first floor, so we're not being exposed to any insulation I don't think.
We don't have any furniture/drapery/pillows, etc that we didn't have before the move.
Also important: The itchiness subsides when we leave the house.
I'm developing sort of rough, bumpy skin on my arms and back (nothing that at all resembles bug bites...more textured/scaly if anything), the husband not so much. The cat's just... an old cat that probably just needs to go back to the vet. But it itches us all.
Are their any airborne allergins that affect everyone/ everything? Is there any sort of gunk that could be causing all of this? We're not known to be allergic to anything, so I'm fearing some sort of phantom contaminate.
Does any of this sound familiar to anybody?
Any clues would be helpful.
Any hyperthyroid cat advice is also appreciated... we really can't afford the radioactive iodine treatment in the immediate future and would like to ride out the pills.