XCOM: Allergy Unknown
July 7, 2014 8:31 AM Subscribe
My girlfriend suffers from an intermittent allergic reaction that we cannot track down.
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The reaction only affects her hands. Sometimes it will affect only one hand and not the other. Her hands swell or become inflamed. It becomes difficult for her to bend her thumbs. She experiences a very intense, painful itching. Untreated, the reaction can last for more than an hour. Fortunately it responds to benedryl.
We cannot determine what is causing the reaction. She sometimes goes months without experiencing it. Most recently, she experienced it within ten minutes of us leaving our apartment first thing in the morning. The only clue she had was that she had opened laundry that had been wrapped air tight in a plastic bag by our landromat. Our laundromat does not normally put our laundry in plastic. She wondered whether there could have been some volatile chemical in the laundry that normally would have evaporated. Other circumstances include experiencing the reaction after using a public bike, and another while climbing at an indoor rock climbing gym. I think she might have experienced the reaction at the gym two different times.
She's been to a doctor and an allergist but they weren't helpful in fixing things. Any thoughts on what's causing this would be appreciated.