Help me stop itching. I'm allergic to cats or water!
January 8, 2014 6:31 PM Subscribe
I regularly experience itching while at home, primarily on my shins, hips and lower back. I think I'm allergic to something in my water.
I've long thought this was caused by soap as showers are when the itching is at it's worst, but after trial and error I've concluded that water is the cause. I've come to this conclusion by using a filter on my shower head which removes the problem after a few weeks. The problem is the showerhead with filter has caused many plumbing problems due to the reduced water pressure, so I'm back to the regular shower head.
Is there another way to filter the water without causing plumbing problems, such as at the water heater itself?
If not the water, could cats be the cause?
posted by ridogi to Health & Fitness (25 answers total)
This has been ongoing since childhood, but in the past was just minor itching while showering. Now it is near constant itching while I'm at home. I don't itch while I'm outside of home.
This is not something specific to current apartment (1 year in Hoboken) as I had the same problem in my last apartment (3 years in Queens).
I have a history of cat allergies and took allergy shots a few years ago while living in the Queens apartment.
I have allergies to nearly everything: cats, grass, pollen, trees, mold, and dust in the form of itchy eyes, sneezing, etc. I seem to have mostly outgrown these allergy symptoms by about age 30, which also corresponded to when I moved to NYC area from my past in PA, upstate NY, and rural NJ. I took the allergy shots in anticipation of moving in with the cats, but quit after 6 months because of 2 bad reactions and feeling sick from the shots (stomach pains).
I am living with cats for the first time in my current apartment. While in my old apartment I would visit my girlfriend who owns the cats, but they weren't at my apartment. I only saw them about 1-2 days a week while I lived in Queens apartment.
I have hardwood floors. The cats aren't allowed in the bedroom or bathroom. I generally keep windows closed and use AC in the summer. I use a good filter on the furnace. I have 2 Airocide filters in the apartment.